Who can bring a claim when someone has died?

Updated March 13, 2023.

A person must be appointed by the court to pursue a wrongful death claim. Parents, spouses, children, other family members or legal dependents may be eligible to file a claim. Minors will need an adult guardian to bring a claim on their behalf. Often, more than one person is eligible to bring the claim. If family members disagree about who should pursue the claim, proceeding promptly may become important.


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