The loss of a loved one through wrongful death should not go unpunished
Most people have experienced the loss of a loved one and it is a terrible feeling. It often causes an entire family to experience pain and suffering. You can imagine how much worse the experience would be if you knew it was caused by some else’s negligence. Losing a brother, mother or any member of your family is not something anyone can be truly compensated for. The family should not have to suffer financially due to someone else’s negligence or intentional harm. Nothing can fully compensate your loss, but our personal injury lawyers can lessen the hardship.
If you are seeking a claim against the responsible party for wrongful death, don’t try to go through it alone. You need assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney, someone who can guide you through the process and make sure it culminates in a successful conclusion.
Call our law firm today to set up a free consultation, so we can discuss your wrongful death case in detail.What Exactly is a "Wrongful" Death?
If a person’s actions or negligence are the cause of another person’s death then the victim is said to have died a wrongful death. It is possible for each person in a family to file a different wrongful death claim, but it is usually handled by the family as a whole.
When you pursue a wrongful death claim, you can seek compensation for:
- Lost future income of the deceased
- Medical bills
- Lost future gains of the deceased
- Loss of benefits provided by the deceased
- Damages because of lost love, support or companionship
- Damages for emotional pain and suffering
To prove wrongful death, you first have to establish negligence or intentional harm. You can do this by proving the guilty person did something that no reasonable person would do in that situation. That being the case, the following are the most common causes of wrongful death:
- Medical malpractice: Sometimes, medical professionals or hospitals cut corners or fail to follow proper medical procedures. This can lead to fatal medical errors, lack of informed consent, medical negligence, and improper surgical procedure, among other things.
- Faulty or defective products: When a product manufacturer fails to ensure that their products are safe from defects that can cause fatalities or injuries, the results can be deadly. Examples can include deaths caused by toys, car seats, and machinery. Wrongful death claims are included in product liability for this reason.
- Motor vehicle accidents: Automobile accidents and truck accidents are among the most common causes of wrongful death. The majority of auto accident-related fatalities are caused by negligent behaviors on the part of the at-fault car or truck driver. This can include driving under the influence, distracted driving, and failure to observe traffic laws.
- Boat accidents: Careless or negligent operation of a boat can lead to deadly boating crashes, drowning, or fatal injuries.
- Slip and falls: A property owner's failure to maintain safe conditions can lead to a fatal slip and fall case.
- Construction accidents or job accidents: Unsafe work environments and workplace negligence can lead employees to be exposed to faulty equipment, toxic chemicals, and the risk of burns, electrocution, or deadly falls. The possibility of fatal workplace accidents on construction sites is especially high.
- Nursing home abuse: Residents of nursing homes may die as a result of negligence by staff, be it by failing to attend to their needs or by failing to protect them from the actions of other residents.
- Drug-related negligence: If a hospital gives a patient the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage of medication, it can be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Similarly, a pharmaceutical company's failure to properly test a drug can result in wrongful death.