The negligence (liability) component of the case would not change, i.e. was there a duty of care breached by the defendant? There are, however, different procedural and damages elements for a wrongful death case, as compare to a personal injury case. A lawyer can provide specific guidance,...Read more »
I assume by "other person" you are referring to a potential defendant who allegedly caused or contributed to the death at issue. Wrongful death claims can be brought by the decedent's estate against any person or entity who caused, or substantially contributed to cause, the alleged wrongful death....Read more »
In such a circumstance, criminal charges will likely be pursued by the State. However, individuals (or Estates of individuals) who have suffered harm my pursue a civil action against the drunk driver, or against an establishment that allegedly served alcohol to an intoxicated patron, contributing...Read more »
Although there are some circumstances when the "tolling" of a statute of limitations can occur, the clock almost always starts ticking from the date of injury, or when a potential plaintiff reasonably should have known of an injury. The fact that an initial injury has gotten worse over time does...Read more »
Punitive damages are recoverable only in certain circumstances, as specified by the wrongful death statute. Thus, when there is evidence that a death was caused by malicious, willful, wanton or reckless conduct, or by "gross" negligence, there may be such a recovery. The standard of proof for such...Read more »
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