When an individual passes away as a result of another individual's negligence or even failure to act properly, in a timely manner, or at all, it may be possible for that person's family members to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. It is generally recommended to hire a wrongful death attorney who can represent the deceased individual's estate and pursue monetary damages for any losses that have been suffered on the behalf of surviving family members. Wrongful death cases can arise from a number of circumstances, and because of this, it is important to be familiar with what these cases may entail in the event that you find yourself in such an unfortunate situation.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Within the United States, there are 1.35 million individuals who lose their lives due to auto accidents each year. Unfortunately, automobile accidents result in wrongful deaths all too often. In some cases, those behind the wheel may be speeding, texting, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or lose control of their vehicles. In the event that cyclists don't have the necessary protections, motorcycle accidents can prove to be fatal. Commercial truck accidents can be fatal if the loads are too heavy or the drivers are driving fatigued. A wrongful death attorney will investigate thoroughly to determine fault and responsibility regardless of the situation.
Health care professionals can make mistakes that result in deaths. One example is a physician who fails to timely diagnose an illness, leaving the patient's condition to deteriorate until treatment is no longer an option. Another example is a pharmacist who provides an individual with a medication that doesn't match the prescription from the doctor and the individual dies as a result of such actions.
Manufacturers who produce defective products can be held liable when those products result in the death of an individual. One example is when a person dies after eating food from a can that contains harmful organisms. Another example is when an individual dies because of malfunctioning airbags in a vehicle that failed to protect the passengers during an automobile collision. Situations like these can lead to large claims and often several wrongful death cases.
If you have a loved one that you believe passed away as a result of the negligent act of another, you may have a wrongful death claim. For more information, contact a wrongful death attorney to discuss the details of your individual situation.