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Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?

When you lose a loved one suddenly, the pain can be immense. When someone else is responsible for their death, however, you and your family may be able to get compensated for your loss. 

There’s often confusion about who exactly is eligible to file a wrongful death claim. We hope to clear this up here. Read on to find out which parties are eligible to sue for wrongful death. For help pursuing a wrongful death claim, reach out to a Richmond personal injury lawyer.

Wrongful Death: Who Can Sue?

In the context of civil litigation, wrongful death is understood as any death that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of a third party. This third party could be an individual, an employer, a government agency, or other groups. 

One of the most important rules in wrongful death cases deals with who can file a claim on behalf of the deceased. Generally, these people are close to the deceased: children, parents, spouses, grandparents, legal guardians, and financial dependents. 

These people are permitted to file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for the damages they’ve suffered in relation to the death of their loved one, such as funeral costs, medical expenses, and lost income support. 

People who witness a wrongful death in action, for example, aren’t allowed to file a claim unless they fall into the earlier group—even though they may have also suffered some form of emotional trauma. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, however, consulting a wrongful death lawyer will help. 

Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If your loved one’s fatal incident was caused by the negligence of another, a top-rated wrongful death lawyer with Halperin Law Center can help. 

Call 804-527-0100 or fill out the form on this page to get started with a free, no-hassle evaluation.