The short answer is yes, of course you can. In fact, you can sue someone for wrongful death even if they live abroad. The only thing to keep in mind is that the rules might be different, and you really need to do a little research before you move forward with your case. Usually that means help from an attorney.
It can become even more complicated than that. For example, a couple of Philadelphia-based law firms recently sued three Philadelphia-based manufacturers for wrongful death on behalf of a class of people who live in London! 247 people sought help from U.S. lawyers after losing 72 loved ones to a fire in London’s Grenfell Tower because the aforementioned Philadelphia manufacturers allegedly sold highly flammable products to the building owners knowing they were dangerous and perhaps even deadly.
Which leads us to the next point: let’s say you have a wrongful death case and you’re interested in the pursuit of justice! Who will represent you? A lawyer from your own state, or a lawyer in the state where the person you want to sue resides? It depends on a few different factors, including where the accident took place and who is better suited to proceeding with the case. First, you’ll want to contact a lawyer who specializes in wrongful death in your own state. Sit down for a free consult and discuss your options.
What happens in reverse?
If you’re on the receiving end of a wrongful death lawsuit, you’ll likely want to find a criminal defense attorney. Where do you find one? Again, if the two parties are conducting business in different states, each will want to discuss the suit with a lawyer in their own state to start. If you live in Houston, Texas, for example, then you might want to find a Houston criminal defense attorney before you decide where to hire.
Part of the reason you’ll want to start with an attorney in your own state is reference. Wrongful death regulations and statutes will differ from state to state, and while lawyers in your own neck of the woods won’t necessarily have all the relevant legal information to help you (or they might), but they can often refer you to a qualified attorney who can.
Rest assured that every state has a set of rules that govern wrongful death cases, and these allow most people to sue for wrongful death on behalf of lost loved ones — including spouses, children, or pregnancies that end because of an accident.