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Common misconceptions about wrongful death claims

When a loved one dies as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions, it can be a devastating experience for the family left behind. In such tragic situations, families may seek justice through wrongful death claims. However, there are several common misconceptions surrounding these claims that can lead to confusion and misunderstanding. Wrongful death claims are only for accidents Many people believe that wrongful death claims are only applicable in cases of accidents, such as car crashes or workplace incidents. However, wrongful death claims can also arise from intentional acts, medical malpractice or product defects. Any situation where someone’s actions or negligence result in the death of another person can potentially warrant a wrongful death claim. Only immediate family members can file a wrongful death claim While it is true that immediate family members, such as spouses, children and parents, typically file wrongful death claims, other parties, including domestic partners, financial dependents or distant relatives, may also have the right to file such claims. Wrongful death claims are primarily about seeking financial gain Financial compensation helps surviving family members cope with the financial losses associated with their loved one’s death. However, the primary goal of these actions is to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. They seek justice and prevent similar tragedies from happening to others in the future. Individuals need to file wrongful death claims immediately after the death Individuals should act promptly in initiating a wrongful death claim to preserve evidence and meet legal deadlines. These claims have a statute of limitations. The opposing party may try to minimize the compensation owed to the surviving family members or even deny liability altogether. Therefore, navigating the legal complexities of a wrongful death claim can be challenging and time-consuming.The post Common misconceptions about wrongful death claims first appeared on Smith & Griffith, LLP .