A wrongful death claim is unique in that it alleges that a person died as the result of someone else’s negligence. The claim may be the result of any type of accident that results in (1) the death of a person (2) as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions whether it be from a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, or any other type of occurrence which would otherwise be considered a personal injury matter. Each state has its own rules pertaining to who may file a lawsuit on behalf of the deceased person and only designated distributees can receive compensation. As with other types of personal injury claims, there are time limitations which vary according to the state. Your lawyer will help you interpret your state’s guidelines but it is best to contact an attorney soon after the accident. For more information, visit our section on Wrongful Death.