When one person's intentional act or negligent actions result in the death of another, a wrongful death has occurred. The spouse, children, or parents of the deceased may bring a lawsuit for wrongful death against the wrongdoer or wrongdoers to compensate for the loss of love, affection, wages or other support they would have received had the person lived. Wrongful death suits are usually taken on a contingency basis. That is the lawyer will take the case for a percent of the damages awarded. However, before a lawyer takes a wrongful death case, he will determine whether the defendant either has liability insurance or sufficient assets with which the defendant can pay any damages to the plaintiff that the court may order. A lawyer conducts such an investigation because some people who are responsible for wrongful death are judgment proof. That is they have no assets or insurance that can be used to pay compensation.
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