Can I File for Wrongful Death AND Personal Injury?
What’s the Difference Between Personal Injury and Wrongful Death?
Personal injury lawsuits are a means of recovering costs incurred after being seriously hurt due to the negligence of another person. Arguably, the worst personal injury one can suffer due to another person’s reckless behavior is unnecessary loss of life. Though they deal with an elevated category of bodily harm and personal suffering, wrongful death claims are still considered to be a type of personal injury claim.
This is why you need not file both personal injury and wrongful death claims if you wish to levy punitive measures against responsible parties and be compensated for expenses related to injury and death of a loved one. A solid wrongful death suit ought to be sufficient to help you work toward receiving appropriate compensation and making amends for the damage done.
How to Know if You Have a Wrongful Death Case
You may have a wrongful death suit on your hands if a member of your family has been injured or fallen seriously ill due to the reckless behavior, oversight, or negligence of another person, and that injury or illness resulted in their death. This is true even if your loved one was severely injured and did not die right away. In fact, cases where a person is injured or made ill but does not die immediately tend to be far more costly to that person’s family and typically result in a great deal more pain and suffering.
However, not just anyone who experiences emotional harm in such cases can sue for wrongful death. In order to file a wrongful death claim, you must be one of the following:
- A member of the victim’s immediate family, including life partners or good faith spouses
- A member of the victim’s extended family
- A financial dependent of the victim
- Financially harmed or imposed upon by the costs associated with the injury and death of the victim
Talk to a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Kansas City Today
Our team of compassionate, knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys at DiPasquale Moore can help you take legal action against the parties responsible for your loved one’s suffering and death. The sooner you take the first steps, the better your chances are of recovering the compensation you deserve.
Get in touch with a member of our team today by calling (888) 743-1030 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.