A death in the family is always a terrible time and can be made even worse if the death was because of someone else’s negligent actions. You and your family deserve to seek compensation if the death of your loved one was caused by someone else. According to the CDC, there are approximately 173,000 unintentional deaths each year. This makes unintentional deaths the third-highest cause of death in the United States.
If you aren’t sure if the loss of your loved one is enough for a wrongful death case, take a look at the list of instances below from our friends at Norris Law as examples.
- You Suspect Medical Malpractice
You may not be aware that medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Unlike other areas of the law, medical malpractice is often complicated and requires a more in-depth investigation. It is often challenging to prove that medical malpractice is the reason for someone’s wrongful death, but it is possible. A lawyer will consider a variety of mistakes, such as:
- Improper site operation
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Surgical objects left in the body
- Birthing errors
No matter the type of registered health care professional you are dealing with, you are always owed a duty of care. If they breach that duty, then a wrongful death can occur.
- You Suspect a Pharmaceutical Drug Error
Pharmaceutical errors can occur when a pharmacist gives the incorrect medicine or dosage instructions to someone. This can also happen if a doctor prescribes the wrong medication. Pharmaceutical errors can also occur when a drug company fails to tell clients about the known side effects or try to cover-up the drug’s potentially harmful side effects.
- The Deceased Was a Victim of Homicide
Homicide is the deliberate cause of another’s death. Intentional actions are a higher fault than negligent actions. This is why homicides are, by definition, a wrongful death. The murderer often faces severe criminal repercussions and prosecutions brought by the state, but the deceased’s family can also pursue a civil claim. This civil claim can be brought against the murderer or another party who had a duty to prevent the murder from happening. This is where the family can collect compensation for their loss.
- The Deceased Was The Innocent Party in a Car Crash
No matter what state you are in, one of the leading instances in which you should consider hiring a wrongful death lawyer is when there is a car crash that ends in a fatality. There are many wrongful death lawsuits that happen after a loved one was killed in a car crash because of someone else’s negligent actions. Just like with other accidents, a vehicle accident is often complex and can involve many parties that could share the blame.
We know the loss of a family member isn’t easy, and that is why we suggest talking to a wrongful death lawyer for more information.