Who is entitled to file an action on behalf of a victim’s family in Washington D.C.?

When a person dies, the “personal representative” of the estate has the right to bring the lawsuit on behalf of the surviving beneficiaries.  The personal representative would be the “executor” of the estate if the decedent had a valid will; the personal representative would be appointed by the court if the decedent died without a will.  The surviving spouse or …

What is a “wrongful death” in Washington D.C.

In short, a wrongful death in Washington D.C. is an untimely and early death of a family member caused by the bad acts of another person or company. D.C. Code Section 16-2701 defines wrongful death” as one “caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person or corporation.”  Consider some of the types of cases that the deceased …

What damages are recoverable for the family of a wrongful death victim?

In a wrongful death case in Washington D.C., a variety of damages are available for a jury to award (in the jury’s discretion).  These damages can include: past medical expenses incurred prior to the death resulting from the injury that caused the death lost wages and benefits the deceased would have earned during “work life expectancy” — i.e., until normal …

Washington D.C. Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

What is the deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in the District of Columbia? Washington D.C., like every state, sets a deadline by which you must file a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit.  If you do not file by this deadline, your suit will be forever barred.  Even if you have not yet decided whether to file a …