What if a person dies before
bringing a personal injury lawsuit?
The first and most important question is to determine if death occurred as a result of the
injuries from the accident, or was death caused from unrelated events. If a person should die from related
injuries, the decease's heirs may make a wrongful death claim to recover money relating to the specific injury as
governed by local and state law.
Appling Negligence to hold someone liable for an injury is to say that someone failed to
act or take the proper action that would normally be reasonable or ordinarily prudent under the same circumstance.
If a person accused of negligence fails to act properly, in a normal responsible manner, and or fails to uphold a
"normal" behavior in a professional or legal manner, which caused an injury or death, that person may be charged
with negligence. Sometimes you may hear the term "medical negligence." This may apply to a medical professional who
performs below acceptable standards or deviates from normal practice resulting in an injury to the
Also, It depends on whether the person died as a result of injuries from the accident or
from unrelated causes. If a person injured in an accident subsequently dies because of those injuries, that
person's heirs may recover money through a lawsuit known as a wrongful death action. Also, even if a person with a
personal injury claim dies from unrelated causes, the personal injury claim survives in most cases and may be
brought by the executor or personal representative of the deceased person's estate.
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