In the case of wrongful death, the family of the deceased can file a claim for damages. Wrongful death claims are governed by statute. The statute lays out the conditions that must be met in order to file a wrongful death claim. The wrongful death claim is made by a close relative of the deceased. This article will discuss these conditions. It is important to understand these conditions before filing a claim. It is important to consult a lawyer for more information.
Why Need to File a Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death claim can take many months or even years to settle. This time frame will depend on the circumstances of your case and the applicable law. An experienced lawyer will be able to give you sound advice based on the facts of your case. The first step in filing a wrongful death claim is to contact the insurance company or municipality of the person who caused the death. The insurance company or municipality may evaluate your demand based on the fault of the defendant, policy terms, and damages. The insurance company or municipality may offer a settlement amount. If you do not agree with the amount of money that is being offered, you can ask your lawyer to file a lawsuit.
The lawsuit must be filed within two years after the date of the decedent’s death. However, the deadline can be extended in exceptional cases. If the deceased was not married, the children of the deceased would share the settlement award equally. However, you must file the lawsuit within two years after the death to be eligible for compensation. In addition, if the person died in a motor vehicle accident, it must be reported within 90 days of the accident or incident.