Can Step Children Bring a Utah Wrongful Death Claim?

In Utah, the following are wrongful death heirs: (1) the spouse of the deceased, (2) the children of the deceased under U.C.A. 75-2-114, and (3) the natural parents of the deceased.

Utah, however, is one of three states (along with California and Idaho) that have recently added step children to the list of Utah wrongful death heirs. Therefore, if you are a step child, then you may have a wrongful death claim if you are under the age of 18 (at the time of decedent’s death) and are “primarily financially dependent” on your deceased step parent.

Source: Utah Code 78B-3-105

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah wrongful death attorney.