The death of a person involved in an accident caused by the negligence of another person does not bar a lawsuit. It just means that the estate stands in the shoes of the dead person. A wrongful death claim is a legal action often filed by family members, an administrator or administratrix in the name of the estate of the person who died. The cause of action is to recover money damages on behalf of the family, including a spouse, children, or parents in the event of this misfortune. A wrongful death could be caused by the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of another and could involve any type of accident, like Toyota sudden acceleration cases, cell phone and texting caused vehicle crashes, and situations involving motorcycles, construction sites, bicycles, product liability, malpractice and nursing home accidents.
A claim allows the estate of the decedent to file a lawsuit to sue for the damages sustained by the decedent including the loss of earnings, funeral and medical expenses and an amount for the actual physical pain and suffering that the decedent sustained before his or her death.
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