A wrongful death attorney is an attorney that is experienced with working with accidental and wrongful deaths. A wrongful death lawsuit arises from the death of a loved one, and that death was caused by conduct of another person or business entity. While it is considered a personal injury case, it is different from other types of personal injury in that the victim (the deceased) is not bringing the lawsuit—his or her estate or family members are bringing the lawsuit.
A wrongful death attorney helps loved ones recover damages that the estate and/or family members suffer because of the death of a loved one. The wrongful death lawsuit, if a settlement is reached or a court orders a judgment, compensates the estate and/or family for the emotional and financial loss of a loved one. A wrongful death attorney will help determine whether the behavior of the defendant was a wrongful act or negligence.