Are you planning to file a wrongful death claim? Wrongful death refers to an individual’s death due to someone’s negligence. Under wrongful death claim, the affected individual’s family receives compensation for the loss. This includes lost wages, medical expenses, funeral cost, etc.
Anyone can file a wrongful death claim for a loved one wrongfully killed. In most cases, the victim’s surviving family members file it. This includes surviving spouses and children (including adopted), parents, beneficiaries of the departed.
However, there are certain cases that are legally recognized as a wrongful death. Given below are the most common causes of wrongful death:
- Wrongful behavior: This includes any kind of criminal, violent or sadistic action that results in a person’s death.
- Negligent behavior: Careless, reckless or irresponsible action that leads to deadly accidents and injuries. Any action that entails the failure to follow safety procedures.
Most common examples of wrongful death cases:
- Vehicle accidents – Car, truck, motorcycle, etc. Distracted, drunk or aggressive drivers hit a person who later dies.
- Bicycle accident: Bicycle accidents classify as wrongful death cases.
- Pedestrian accidents: If a pedestrian dies due to someone’s reckless or intentional behavior, his or her loved ones can seek financial compensation.
- Medical malpractice or negligence: A medical professional fails to provide optimal patient care, intentionally or otherwise. If the patient dies, his or her family can take them to court.
- Slip and fall injuries: If a person who slips, falls and dies on another individual’s property, their family can seek financial compensation.
- Product liability cases: A defective or hazardous product results in a person’s injury and death. If a manufacturer fails to warn about the product’s danger, affected individuals can file a wrongful death case.
- Medication errors / overdose: This is the case where the manufacturer fails to warn about a medication’s danger.
- Workplace accidents: Any death that takes place due to the employer’s intentional or negligence actions. Examples include hazardous working conditions, faulty equipment, etc.
If you have lost a family member because of someone’s intentional or negligent actions, consult a specialized wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.
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