Wrongful Death

“Wrongful death” is a type of personal injury lawsuit brought by the surviving relatives of a deceased person for harm stemming from a negligent or reckless act, such as motor vehicle collision, or an intentional act such as a murder.

Wrongful death cases range from vehicle collisions where a person is killed, to products liability cases where a defective product causes a consumer’s death, to intentional killings, such as murder, that lack legal justification. In these cases, the law permits the individual or group responsible for the death to be held accountable.

The loss of a family member is devastating and traumatic—especially if the death could have been prevented. With over fifty years of combined experience in the practice of law, the lawyers of Bragg, Mainzer & Firpo, LLP have successfully represented the families of wrongful death victims and have a demonstrated record of successful verdicts and settlements in this area—many exceeding one million dollars. While we understand monetary compensation can never bring back a loved one, we strive to ensure that justice is done to the fullest extent the law allows.

Please see our results page for a representative sample of our past cases.

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