Wrongful Death is Far Too Common.
At least 150,000 people die each year in the United States due to wrongful death. Wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligence of another person. Here are a few factors that are considered when someone is accused of causing a wrongful death.
- The person at fault must have had a duty to guarantee the safety of the deceased person.
- That person must have neglected that duty.
- That neglect must have caused the death.
Wrongful death does not include truly accidental death that could not have been prevented. It also does not include murder or manslaughter. Frequent types of wrongful death include the following.
- Car, truck or motorcycle collisions.
- Bicycle or pedestrian accidents.
- Defective products.
- Accidents in the workplace.
- Errors in medication.
- Medical malpractice.
For example, if a drunk driver runs over a pedestrian, that is wrongful. If a person falls while leaning against the railing of a balcony, it is also wrongful. If a physician causes the death of a patient after administering an incorrect medication during surgery, that is another type of death that is wrongful.
If a family member or loved one has been killed as a result of the negligence of another person, a lawyer who specializes in negligence can file a claim against that person. The lawyer knows the laws. After a brief consultation, you’ll be advised if you have an actionable case. In most situations, the initial consultation is free of charge. In fact, most negligence lawyers do not charge their clients anything until the case has been won.
If your lawyer is able to prove your case, you’ll probably be awarded compensation based on the status of the decedent. If that person was the sole provider for a household, you could be awarded compensation for loss of income. You can also be compensated for the loss of a family member, for the loss of the companionship of the family member and for any medical fees that were accrued while the hospital treated the deceased person.
It’s important that you contact a lawyer who concentrates on these cases. Experience is valuable when preparing a case for court. You wouldn’t hire a carpenter with no experience, and you don’t want to trust your claim to an inexperienced attorney. If you’re forced to file a claim of death due to negligence, you want to make sure that your attorney is well-equipped to represent you. Kane & Vital can Help You!