The same goes for intentional acts that result in death. For example a drunk driver who crashes killing their passengers, may be held liable for Wrongful Death. Another example of an intentional Wrongful Death is if two men get into a verbal altercation leading one of the men to hit or shoot the other man dead. Even though those intentional acts are illegal and can lead to criminal charges and prison, civil case for money damages may be brought by the survivors of the victim. A Wrongful Death lawsuit is separate and distinct from any related criminal charges brought by the state. The burden of proof is different in a civil case than it is in a criminal case. Therefore, a defendant acquitted of murder in a criminal trial, may still be successfully sued in a civil action by the victim’s family for Wrongful Death.
Perkins Law Offices and Miami Wrongful Death and Personal Injury lawyer Alex Perkins handle all manners of Wrongful Death claims ranging from Medical Malpractice to Negligent Security.