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Legal Components of Wrongful Death Claims

Posted on April 17th, 2009 No Comments

The death of a loved one is already one of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through. When the death is caused by someone else’s negligence, it only makes the experience that much more painful. Unlike murder, where the person responsible for death is clearly guilty of intentionally taking someone’s life, in a wrongful death case, the person usually did not cause the death intentionally. Regardless of the intentions, the end result is still the same: a tragedy has occurred.

Conditions for a Wrongful Death Claim

Typically, for a wrongful death claim to be valid, four criteria must be met, although these criteria may be different from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  As such, it is important to contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer before filing a wrongful death claim. The usual four criteria include:
- The defendant must be responsible, either partially or completely, for the death of the victim.
- The defendant’s behavior was either negligent or otherwise liable for the death.
- There must be a surviving spouse, child, or other dependant or beneficiary.
- Specific damages must have resulted from the death.

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If your loved one has died due to the negligent actions of another, contact Jacksonville wrongful death attorney Don Guthrie, P.A. today at 904-296-1088.

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