In PA or NJ, a wrongful death case is usually filed by either the dependent child or spouse of the one who passed. In some instances, parents, siblings, and other family members that relied on the person may also be able to file a claim.


How Wrongful Deaths Occur

In Definition, wrongful death is death due to the negligence of another party. Those who are a beneficiary of or dependent on the person who passed may be entitled to monetary damages.

Although states in the United States have lined up statutes to prevent wrongful death from occurring in manufacturing workplaces and hospitals, wrongful death cases still occur in situations such as:

  • Medical Malpractice in the Emergency Room: Wrongful Death cases often happen due to the negligence of health providers in the emergency room. This can be anything from misdiagnosing a health condition, performing surgical errors,  or prematurely discharging a patient.
  • Anesthesia malpractice: If an anesthesiologist gives a fatal amount of anesthesia during surgery.
  • Vehicle Accidents: Automobile companies are often held responsible for an accident that occurs in the car, and trucking companies may be responsible for truck accidents if their employee breaks trucking regulations