What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

Losing a loved one is always a tragedy. Unfortunately, many people lose their loved ones long before their time has come as a result of another party’s carelessness. This is unacceptable. If you believe that your loved one recently lost his or her life as a result of the negligence of another, please don’t hesitate to speak with a competent and compassionate Washington, D.C. wrongful death lawyer from our firm. We are here to help you seek the justice you and your family deserve.

What constitutes a wrongful death claim in Washington D.C.?

To have a wrongful death claim, you will have to prove that your loved one lost their life as a direct result of someone else’s negligence. Wrongful death can occur on the road, in a hospital, and just about anywhere else. For example, if someone runs a red light and strikes another vehicle, or drives on the wrong side of the road and hits another driver head-on and either of the accident victims lost their lives, their family members should have a valid wrongful death claim. Similarly, if a doctor either failed to order appropriate testing, misread tests, or administered medication to a patient who clearly documented they were allergic to the given medication and that patient lost their life as a result, those doctors may also be held accountable via a wrongful death claim. Regardless of the scenario, if a person dies because of the negligent action or inaction of another, their family will likely have a right to compensation.

What damages can I recover if I prove a wrongful death claim in Washington D.C.?

As long as we can satisfy the burden of proof in your claim, we should recover compensation to help cover the cost of the medical treatment your loved one receive prior to passing away, the pain and suffering you’ve incurred as a result of the loss of your loved one, and the cost of funeral and burial expenses for your loved one. Just some of the additional damages you may be compensated for are as follows:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Lost wages provided by your loved one
  • Loss of companionship or guidance
  • The cost of daily chores and services your loved one provided

Though none of this can truly make up for the loss of your loved one, it can help you cope with the financial damages brought about by the loss and help you get a sense of justice being served accordingly.


Contact the experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC for help with your injury claim.