Who can file a wrongful death claim?
- Immediate family members – refers to spouses, children, and parents if the victim was unmarried
- Life partners and putative spouses – refers to domestic partners, life partners, and “putative spouses”, which means the person believed in good faith that he or she was legally married to the victim
- Distant family members – refers to brothers, sisters, and grandparents of the victim
- Financial dependents – refers to any person who was dependent upon the victim’s financial support
What parties can be sued?
- A doctor whose misdiagnosis caused the victim’s death, and the hospital that employed the doctor
- A driver who caused a fatal collision because they were texting behind the wheel
- An employer who failed to provide a safe working environment, which led to the victim’s death
- An automobile manufacturer whose defective vehicle caused a fatal accident
- A pharmacist who failed to warn a patient about potentially fatal drug interactions