What is the Definition of a Wrongful Death Claim?

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What does it mean to have a wrongful death claim? I think it's a term that lawyers use but in everyday language it simply means that someone has lost a loved one because of the carelessness or wrongful act of another person.

I think some of the most common ways that a wrongful death claim can arise would be in some type of an accident whether they were involved in a car accident, or as a pedestrian or even a cyclist. But it can come up in other ways as well, from falls and in the area of medical malpractice where as a result of the mistake that's made by a physician or hospital the person actually passes away.

When someone dies because of the mistake or negligence of another person, it creates on behalf of their survivors the right to bring a claim to seek compensation for the loss of their loved one. And, that is what a wrongful death claim is all about.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.