When someone you love commits suicide, the pain of loss can be intensified by a misplaced sense of blame. Although suicide typically is the manifestation of a form of mental disorder, loved ones searching for answers may assume that the suicide was the product of an argument or event that immediately proceeded the death. A misplaced sense of guilt and need to understand the decision to commit suicide might explain this assumption, but the reasons behind a suicide can be far more complex. Some cases of suicide are actually wrongful deaths that are the result of misconduct or negligence by a medical professional or other party.
Although family members may be hesitant to explore the viability of a wrongful death lawsuit when a loved one takes his or her own life. A parent, child, spouse or administrator of the estate of a decedent may have a viable legal claim for compensation when a family member commits suicide if the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another person caused the suicide. However, these cases can be extremely challenging, so skilled advocacy, expert testimony and scientific evidence may be needed to establish causation and liability.
Some examples of the types of wrongful death claims that involve suicide include:
If you have lost a loved one to suicide, we encourage you to talk to an experienced wrongful death attorney. Finding a representative for such a tragedy can help with the coping and hold those responsible accountable.