When a person dies because of the negligence of another person or entity, a representative of the survivors can sue for wrongful death. The person that brings the lawsuit is usually the executor of the estate of the deceased. The suit claims damages and compensation for lost income, loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and more. Medical expenses incurred before death can also be claimed, as can compensation for pain and suffering. Pursuing a lawsuit is complex. There are rigid filing deadlines that must be met. Always consult with wrongful death lawyers before taking any action.