Personal Injury Lawyer
When a loved one dies suddenly, it can hit the family hard. If there was no warning and no time to prepare, it could leave many things unresolved.
A sudden loss may be made worse by the circumstances under which it occurred. If a person dies due to someone else’s actions or inactions, it can bring outrage and struggle. A wrongful death lawsuit may arise under these conditions. The following three examples constitute just a few of the times a wrongful death lawsuit may bring the family some closure.
1. Someone Gets Killed at Work
Some professions are more dangerous than others, and those who perform these duties do so assuming those risks. However, it still does not excuse a death that occurs due to an incident or accident on the job. Construction sites are full of potentially deadly situations, but taking specific safety measures reduces the chances of injury and death. However, if the construction site is replete with safety code violations or a worker is not informed of inherent dangers, a wrongful death suit may trigger if something should go wrong. Remember, too, that many times, a wrongful death action stems out of a personal injury claim. When the injuries are severe enough that the worker eventually dies from them, the case may morph into a wrongful death claim.
2. Someone Dies Because of a Medical Error
Hospitals and doctors are supposed to be safe havens and people who go above and beyond to help. However, there are times when errors happen that cause a patient to die. Surgical errors are the top reasons why wrongful death lawsuits are filed against providers and facilities. Both factors, the medical professional and the place the incident occurred in, can be sued based on negligence. While this two-prong approach is good, it is only effective if both the professional is an employer of the hospital or clinic and that the facility was complacent or contributory in some way for the death.
3. Someone Is Murdered
The most violent deaths often occur at the hands of another’s intentional actions. When one person kills another, whether it is on purpose or not, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. One of the most common examples of this is vehicular accidents that are the result of driving while impaired. If a person gets behind the wheel of a car under the influence, they stand the chance of killing others. Armed robbery is another example of unintentional killing. When a person is negligent, through actions or inactions, they may become the subject of a wrongful death action.
Losing someone is never easy, especially at the hands of another. Check with a wrongful death lawyer and see if your case should be heard.