Wrongful Death Information Center
Fatal Maritime Injuries and Other Accidental Death Cases
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Wrongful Death: An Overview
Losing a loved one is painful. Losing a loved one due to wrongful death can be even more difficult. If someone’s wrongful actions caused injuries that resulted in your loved one’s death, that is a wrongful death. In common law, there was no legal action that surviving family members could take. That changed, however, when governments passed laws protecting survivors. Now, in every state the representative or heirs of a person lost to wrongful death may file a lawsuit for monetary damages. The laws vary quite a bit from state to state, so consulting with an attorney from Stevenson & Murray in Houston, Texas, is advisable.
The Wrongful Death of a Child or an Elderly Person
No matter the age of the loved one you have lost, the grief is powerful. The law, however, often takes age into account when it assesses your loss. Because your loved one cannot be replaced, the law is at a disadvantage to truly compensate you. Money is one measure the legal system can objectively use to reflect what has been lost.
Statutes of Limitation and the Discovery Rule
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one due to wrongful death, the last thing you may want to think about is how your legal rights are affected. The law surrounding wrongful death, however, allows legal action to be taken only for a limited period of time. When this period has elapsed, you will no longer have the option of filing a lawsuit.
Monetary Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
Legal actions for wrongful death can be very complex, especially when the harmful acts of several parties contributed to an individual’s death. Some parties may settle the matter before the case goes to trial; others may see it all the way to a verdict. No matter who the defendant is, the amount and type of financial recovery the plaintiff can make depend on the law of the state in which the case takes place.
Wrongful Death Resource Links
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
This governmental agency, part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), provides comprehensive information on workplace safety and health.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, protects U.S. employees by proposing and enforcing workplace safety and health measures.
Medline Plus: Grief
This website explores the stages and effects of grief.
The CDC offers numerous links to information on how environmental factors like hazardous waste, carbon monoxide and asbestos can affect your health.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
This governmental agency provides information on recalled, potentially dangerous products and offers safety tips for the home.