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When a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another party, the victim’s family can bring a claim for wrongful death.

To learn more about what wrongful death is, read our article What Does “Wrongful Death” Mean?

We cannot possibly put a money value on the life of a lost loved one. Financial compensation in a wrongful death claim is not meant to make up for the premature loss of a loved one, it is designed to help with expenses and financial losses.

What Types of Accidents in Nebraska Give Rise to Wrongful Death Claims?

In Nebraska, a wrongful death claim can be brought only if the person who died would have had the legal right to bring a personal injury claim if they had survived their injuries. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 30-809(1). Essentially then, any type of accident that could give rise to a personal injury claim could give rise to a wrongful death claim.

There are many different types of personal injury claims that can involve deadly injuries. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:

Car Accidents: Auto accidents can cause fatal injuries to their victims. This is particularly true in accidents involving a large truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, or an individual who is susceptible to injury, such as a child or an elderly person.

Work Accidents: Many industries come with inherent dangers. Jobs like mining, manufacturing, construction, and truck driving have higher rates of fatal injuries to their workers. Though workplace injuries can happen anywhere, and the reality is that a fatal accident on the job can affect any industry.

Premises Liability: An unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property  can cause fatal injuries, which gives rise to premises liability. Commonly an unsafe condition causes a slip and fall, and when the victim suffers a head injury it can be fatal.

Although these are the primary root causes of wrongful death, any type of personal injury accident can be converted into a wrongful death claim if the victim succumbs to their injuries.

If your loved one was killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.  We understand that it is a difficult time and that you may not feel up to being a participant in the legal process, but you have limited time to file a claim. Miller Lathrop is known for providing effective, compassionate and caring legal service for clients filing wrongful death actions.

Feel free to contact our firm to schedule a free consultation to discuss wrongful death. Read more about our experience in wrongful death lawsuits here. We are strong and compassionate advocates for our clients. Get to know our attorneys and paralegals here.


Miller Lathrop serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.