After a heavy commercial accident ends in the unfortunate death, the victim’s surviving family members have the option to bring forth a wrongful death claim. Eligibility to file a survivor’s claim starts in a hierarchy, allowing the victim’s spouse and then their children the first opportunity to take action.

If there is no surviving spouse or children, the option to take up the claim falls on the victim’s parents, siblings, and other extended family members. 

There is also a second type of wrongful death claim that can be filed by the executor of the deceased’s estate. This claim is known as a “survival action,” and it can be used to recoup losses to the estate resulting from the accident.