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What is a wrongful death?

The loss of a loved one is a tragic event in the life of a Miami resident. When that loss is unexpected, however, a person may suffer more significantly because they did not have time to stay goodbye or prepare for their loved one's death. When a death happens because of the actions of another party, that death may be considered wrongful if certain factors are present.

First, a death is considered wrongful if it occurred because of the negligent or intentional actions of another person. For example, when a driver gets behind the wheel of their vehicle after drinking alcohol, their actions may be considered negligent. If they crash into a pedestrian and kill that individual while they are in their state of intoxication, it may be reasonable to claim that the pedestrian's death was caused by the negligent actions of the drunk driver.

Second, a death may be considered wrongful if the surviving loved ones of the deceased party suffer financial harm as a result of the death. Financial harm can take on many different forms; from medical bills for the decedent to their funeral costs and costs related to the income they earned to support their family members. The damages in a wrongful death claim may cover these and other losses.

There is a lot more that individuals must plead to be able to prevail on their wrongful death claims. More information about this tragic form of personal injury should be asked of practicing Miami personal injury attorneys. This post is intended to provide information only to its readers and does not provide any legal advice or guidance.

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