If your loved one is taken from you too soon due to someone else’s negligence or intentionally harmful actions, the emotional reactions are powerful. You feel angry with the person who caused the accident, while also being overwrought with sadness for your lost loved one. Added to this is the stress of making final arrangements and coping with the resulting medical bills and expenses.
When this happens, you should consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit asks for a remedy or award to be given to the victim’s survivors to compensate them for the associated expenses of the death. Here are some of the most common types of wrongful death cases.
Because so many people drive so frequently, car accidents are the most common cause of wrongful death lawsuits. When a driver is intentionally negligent or harmful in their actions, such as driving under the influence or driving recklessly, and they kill another driver or pedestrian, they can be held liable for that death in both criminal and civil court.
Medication errors, mistakes made in surgery, and negligence in hospital settings are the most common causes of wrongful death by medical professionals. This type of wrongful death case may not rest with a doctor, but anyone who caused the death in that facility.
Although the vast majority of work accidents are minor, certain industries are more prone to fatal accidents than others. Construction sites are very prone to injuries and accidents, and construction accidents make up the better portion of fatal work accidents. If the accident could have been avoided with reasonable actions, wrongful death could be established. It will take an experienced attorney to determine who is legally responsible for the death.
If your loved one has been killed by the negligence of another, contact us today for more information about how we can help you, or to schedule your appointment for a free consultation.