A wrongful death is the negligent or willful death caused by another person, company or entity. The law recognizes that certain legal heirs have the right to collect for the loss of love, comfort, and affection of the decedent. Wrongful death law requires extensive knowledge of civil torts, insurance coverage law, insurance contracts, evidence law, and financial damages.
What are the Time Limits for Bringing Wrongful Death Claims?
Wrongful death claims must be filed in a timely fashion. The time requirements vary from case to case. Claims against the government must generally be made within six months of the death, and late claims against the government may be made up to one year. Most wrongful death lawsuits against private parties must be filed within 2 years of the date of death.
How Do You Choose a Good Wrongful Death Lawyer?
A good wrongful death lawyer has experience, knowledge, skills, plus an obsession to achieve results. Look for a lawyer with at least 10 years experience handling over 50 or more wrongful death cases from beginning to conclusion. A good lead wrongful death lawyer assembles a specialized team of lawyers, investigators, paralegals and experts so that you can win your unique case.