A wrongful death lawsuit is filed on behalf of someone who died as a result of another party's negligence or wrongful actions. Only the executor of the decedent's estate (usually a family member) can file the wrongful death suit, and only designated "distributees" can receive compensation. In this section you will find information on the most common causes of wrongful death as well as possible legal recourse that you or other family members might have. If you have recently lost someone due to another party's negligence, this information should be very useful to you.
The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit ranges from one to three years after the death in question, depending on the state in which the suit is filed. Thus, if you believe the death of someone you know occurred due to negligence or intent to harm, it is important that you contact a wrongful death attorney in your state immediately to determine your rights and learn about settlements and court awards. Wrongful death lawsuits are usually handled by a personal injury lawyer. Personal injury lawyers have experience litigating cases involving the injuries that lead to wrongful death.
Causes of Wrongful Death
The causes of wrongful death are many and varied, from defective drugs and products to car and bus accidents.
Wrongful Death and Defective Drugs
Over the years, various pharmaceutical companies have failed to notify the FDA, physicians and consumers of dangerous defects in their drugs. Companies that knowingly hide serious side effects are liable for the consequences. Not even FDA approval relieves a company of its responsibility to the consumer, nor does it protect the company from liability. When the effects of defective drugs lead to premature and wrongful death, a wrongful death suit may be filed.