Any time you lose a loved one, you will certainly be in an extremely tough situation. The emotional sorrow and sadness that individuals experience following a death may be terrible, whether the person died suddenly or after a protracted illness. However, if you feel your loved one died as a result of the acts of another person, your sorrow may be amplified by rage. In certain circumstances, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Personal injury cases include wrongful death lawsuits. They are brought when a person or entity, by carelessness or willful damage, causes the death of another person. Negligence occurs when someone fails to exercise the same amount of care that a reasonable person would in a similar scenario. In a wrongful death case, the deceased individual's estate might sue the person who caused his or her death. This action is usually brought on behalf of surviving family members, such as a spouse, children, or parents.
Not All Fatal Accidents Qualify as Wrongful Death Cases
A wrongful death lawsuit is not appropriate for every death. If the victim of the negligent or deliberate conduct had survived and could have filed a personal injury case against the offender, the survivors will very certainly be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the culprit. If someone was injured in an automobile accident caused by another driver who was under the influence of drugs, that person may sue the other driver for his injuries if he had survived the collision. His family would be entitled to sue the other motorist for his wrongful death if he died later. This is an example of a negligence-based wrongful death litigation.
Intentional conduct might also constitute grounds for wrongful death lawsuits. For example, if a jealous ex-boyfriend murders a lady, he might be held criminally and civilly responsible. The relatives of the deceased lady might launch a wrongful death case against her ex-boyfriend and collect money in this way.
Another form of wrongful death lawsuit is medical malpractice, which occurs when doctors fail to identify a problem or behave in an incompetent manner. For example, if a patient informs a doctor that she is concerned about a patch on her skin that she feels might be malignant, and he dismisses her worry without checking it, and she subsequently dies of skin cancer, her family could pursue a wrongful death claim against the doctor.
Call Now for Help
Families dealing with the stress of a legal procedure on top of the sadness of losing a loved one might find wrongful death lawsuits extremely difficult. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org if one of your family members has died as a result of the actions (or inactions) of another person. Our lawyers are kind and knowledgeable. We'll walk you through the legal procedure and be by your side as we fight for the greatest possible compensation for your loss. We never charge a fee until we recover money for you. Initial consultations are always free.