What is considered a wrongful death?
The GWDA defines a wrongful death as one “caused by the wrongful act or omission of another.” In this sense, a wrongful death claim is like a personal injury claim in which the victim has died. A wrongful death can occur in many different situations, including those that involve:
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites or other animal attacks
- Construction site and other workplace accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Defective drugs or medical devices
- Nursing home abuse
- Medical malpractice (such as a missed or delayed diagnosis)
Keep in mind: A wrongful death claim is a civil action. So, it is separate and distinct from any criminal action against the party responsible for the death. While a criminal action can result in punishment of the wrongdoer, only a civil action can lead to a recovery of compensation.