Car accidents kill as much as 2.35 million people in the United States each year, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel. With this, the legal team at Pohl & Berk, LLP says that there are families who are devastated and left with different expenses associated with the passing of their loved ones. This is where a wrongful death lawsuit comes in.
Like in almost all states, according to Nolo, a wrongful death in Tennessee is when an individual is killed due to the injuries sustained from another person’s wrongdoing. It is also defined as the “the wrongful act, omission, or killing by another,” Nolo states. In Tennessee, wrongful death is categorized under personal injury, insofar that the said person is not capable of presenting his/her own case anymore. This gives the immediate family or any designated person to file the claim for the victim.
Additionally, according to Nolo, the claim of wrongful death may still be filed even when there is already an existing criminal homicide charge for the suspect, although they are distinct from each other. They are different in terms of the type of claim, with the wrongful death being a civil claim and is filed by the family of the victim. The criminal claim, on the other hand, is usually filed by the prosecuting attorney.
Lastly, the aim of a wrongful death lawsuit is mainly the monetary compensation that should cover for the damages and the death of the victim. It is in contrast with the premise of filing a criminal charge, which, on the other hand, is solely focused on the consequences that the suspect could face, such as imprisonment and related punishments.