The Types of Cases a Wrongful Death Attorney Encounters
Basically, a wrongful death has occurred whenever an individual dies or has been killed because of the misconduct or negligence of a company, individual, or some other entity. For the immediate family of the decedent (children, parents, or spouses), this is a very traumatic and upsetting experience that warrants compensation for death of their loved one. When the decedent’s beneficiaries decide to sue the company, individual, or other entity that was responsible for the death of their loved one, they will hire the services of a wrongful death attorney to represent them in court.
For the most part, wrongful death laws in the US are relatively simple. Although the specifics of a wrongful death cases are decided on an individual state basis, they are all fairly similar in certain respects. Once the blame or guilt is established and proven, the standard result is the compensation of the decedent’s beneficiaries. Wrongful deaths can result from different types of misconduct and negligence with the four most common being automotive, medical, product, or workplace related.
Automotive – if the driver of the other vehicle was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if they were driving in an unsafe manner which caused the accident and the death of the other driver, this is usually grounds for a wrongful death case.
Medical – patient deaths resulting from errors made by medical professionals commonly lead to hiring a wrongful death attorney and pursuing compensation for the person’s death. In most wrongful death cases involving medical malpractice, the medical professional did not diagnose the condition correctly or prescribed the wrong medication.
Product – wrongful deaths that are product related involves the death of the person using the product even though they were using it in proper fashion. For example, if the decedent’s vehicle had faulty brakes and the manufacturer was aware of this yet didn’t inform all owners of the problem, they will usually be held responsible for any deaths that occur.
Workplace – one of the more common types of cases wind up in court are wrongful deaths that occur in the workplace. If the attorney and the victim’s family are able to prove that the appropriate safety precautions were not taken by the employer, they will be held responsible for the person’s death.
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