What is the Difference Between Personal Injury and Wrongful Death?

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    April 23 2019

    Personal injury and wrongful death are terms that you may have heard if you’ve been in an accident.  What do these terms mean and how are they different?

    To start with, these two have one thing in common.  Both a personal injury case and a wrongful death case begin when the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of a party cause another to suffer harm.

    What is the Difference Between Personal Injury and Wrongful Death?

    Personal Injury Claims

    A personal injury lawsuit is filed by a victim who has been injured by another party.  To prove a personal injury claim, you need to be able to show that you have been injured and that another party is liable for those injuries.

    In a personal injury claim, a victim may be able to recover compensation for things such as:

    • medical expenses
    • lost wages and future earnings
    • pain and suffering
    • punitive damages

    Common types of personal injury claims include:

    • car accidents
    • truck accidents
    • medical malpractice
    • motorcycle accidents
    • bicycle accidents
    • dog bites
    • traumatic brain injury

    Wrongful Death Claims

    A wrongful death suit is a legal action that is filed by the family members or survivors of a victim against the person who is responsible for their loved one’s death.  This is also known as a survival action.

    A wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for expenses that the surviving family members or the decedent’s estate have had to pay such as:

    • medical bills
    • funeral expenses
    • loss of companionship of the deceased person
    • financial support

    Experienced Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers

    If you or a loved one was injured because of the conduct of another, you should seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury or wrongful death attorney who can help you protect your rights.

    If you are looking for a law firm with experienced personal injury attorneys, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.  Our phone number is (702) 857-6000. We offer Free Case Evaluations.

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