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What Qualifies as a Wrongful Death in Utah?

Published on April 4, 2016 • Last updated July 27, 2022 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Utah Lawyer, Wrongful Death

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The term “wrongful death” is not very self-explanatory. After all, it’s hard to think that any death is wrong or right. But in legal terms, wrongful death in Utah or anywhere else means that a person died due to the negligence of some other individual or group.

Understanding what could be considered a wrongful death in Utah is very important. The loss of a loved one is hard enough when it is expected. The emotional and financial shock of a sudden death can be huge. Our attorneys are experienced in wrongful death cases, and know what kinds of accidents can lead to them:

What is Wrongful Death in Utah?

Any death caused by another person’s negligence can be considered “wrongful death.” A victim’s family can rightfully sue for damages and losses.

Utah law says the following:

“…When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another, his heirs, or his personal representatives for the benefit of his heirs, may maintain an action for damages against the person causing the death, or, if the person is employed by another person who is responsible for his conduct, then against the other person.”

In plain English, this means that if you lose a family member to a wrongful death, you can sue for damages.

What Kinds of Accidents Result in Wrongful Death?

Each case is unique, but here are some examples of common factors in wrongful death cases:

  • Car accidents
  • Damaged roads (negligent city/construction company)
  • Lack of warning signs for road hazards
  • Faulty or damaged car parts
  • Medical malpractice
  • Work-related accidents
  • Faulty products or food
  • Exposure to dangerous materials
  • Negligent care of an elderly person or child

If you have any questions about wrongful death in Utah, or believe that you may have a case, we can help. Our experienced attorneys can help you get the compensation you and your family deserve. Contact Christensen & Hymas for a free consultation today.

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