A wrongful death is any death that was directly or indirectly caused by negligence, willful conduct or indifference to the safety of others. In some wrongful death cases, the victim dies immediately, as in a fatal car or motorcycle accident. Others may die months or even years after the initial injury because of complications or illness.
Any wrongful death case emerges from a tragedy, but to the insurance companies, even a tragedy is an opportunity to save money. That’s why they’ll use their vast legal resources to try to limit the amount of compensation they give your family. They may downplay the economic cost of the death or even say that the decedent (the person who died) was responsible.