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Myths About Wrongful Death Claims

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

Nothing can be more devastating than the sudden death of a loved one. In the time of your grieving, filing a case may be the last thing in your mind. However, a wrongful death claim may just be what you need to get back on your feet financially. When your loved one gets injured in an accident, you have the right to seek damages for the misery that the liable party has caused you.

When filing a wrongful death claim, you may encounter a lot of misconceptions which could affect your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. Here are some myths about wrongful death that you might come across:

Any Relative Can File A Wrongful Death Claim

Depending on which state the case was filed, not just anyone can file a wrongful death claim. In most states, it is the spouse, child, or parents of unmarried children can file a claim. In other states, distant relatives, domestic partners, or the parents of the deceased fetus can recover damages.

There Is No Time Limit When Filing A Claim

Just like any case, you need to file a wrongful death claim within the specified time limit. This will vary from one state to another but you need to file the case within the specified time or else your case can be dismissed or you would not receive any compensation.

Only Claims Concerning Calculated Deaths Will Be Compensated

Wrongful death claims may arise from various circumstances such as medical malpractice, car accidents, or product liability and there are several factors that can affect the result of your claim. Whether the death was intentional or caused by another person, it does not automatically mean that it will be compensated.

The Insurance Company Will Cover Everything

There is a wrong assumption that the insurance company will shoulder all the expenses associated with wrongful death. You should always be ready in case your claim is denied and when the insurance company is not covered by the policy.

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