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3 elements of a strong wrongful death case

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2024 | Wrongful Death

When pursuing a wrongful death case, certain key elements strengthen the claim and improve the likelihood of a successful outcome. These elements encompass various aspects of the incident and the resulting consequences.

Understanding these elements is necessary for building a strong case.

1. Clear liability

A strong wrongful death case often hinges on establishing clear liability on the part of the defendant or responsible party. This involves demonstrating that the death occurred as a direct result of the defendant’s negligent or intentional actions. Gathering evidence, such as eyewitness testimonies, expert opinions and documentation of the incident, helps establish liability and strengthen the case against the defendant.

2. Damages and losses

Another key element of a strong wrongful death case is proving the extent of damages and losses suffered by the surviving family members or beneficiaries. This includes quantifying both economic and non-economic damages, such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, loss of companionship and emotional distress. Providing evidence to support these claims, such as medical records, financial statements and witness statements, can help substantiate the damages. It can also help demonstrate the impact of the death on the survivors’ lives.

3. Causation

Establishing a clear causal link between the defendant’s actions and the death is important for a successful wrongful death case. This requires demonstrating that the defendant’s conduct directly contributed to or caused the fatal injuries sustained by the deceased party. Expert testimony, forensic evidence and thorough investigation are often necessary to establish causation and refute defenses raised by the defendant.

By addressing these elements and building a compelling legal argument, surviving family members can seek accountability and compensation after a tragic loss.