My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to provide general information regarding your insurance/personal injury question. I am sorry for your loss.
As an attorney, I am duty bound to inform clients/customers of the accurate state of the law. Sometimes, this may result in news that is not generally favorable to a client/customer. I am sorry to say that this is one of those situations.
This would be considered a "wrongful death/negligence" action based upon basic principles of tort law. As such, ordinary next of kin laws apply. Under the law, a "kin" is someone who has a familial relationship or, though statutory action, has a lawful survivorship relationship ("i.e., a non-blood parent who adopted a son).
Based on the information you have provided, the law does not allow you to obtain any relief as you are not a "blood relative" nor has a statutory right to survivorship been established.
Again, as an attorney, I must inform individuals of the actual state of law. That is the only way a client/customer can be truly aided by me.
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