Wrongful Death Attorney

The loss of a loved one is a sad and sometimes unexpected event in the lives of the surviving family members. When that loss is the result of another person’s actions, it can be downright traumatic. Wrongful death refers to the death of an individual that is a direct result of the negligent or intentional act of another person. When this happens, there are laws in place that are intended to help the family recover damages that were lost with the loved one. Damages such as medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and lost wages. The following information explores some of the more common causes of wrongful death cases in the United States.  

Car accident

Perhaps the leading cause of wrongful death claims is due to car accidents. The annual car accident statistic is in the millions. Of those accidents, at least 30,000 to 40,000 people die as a result. While some of these accidents may be attributed to poorly maintained road conditions and/or weather-related issues the majority are due to human recklessness and negligence. Some examples of negligence are:

  •         Speeding
  •         Distracted driving
  •         Driving while under the influence
  •         Reckless driving   

Pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents usually occur when a vehicle hits a pedestrian while on a sidewalk or crosswalk. Most often, the cause is distracted driving or driving under the influence. Some pedestrian accidents are caused by obstructed visibility such as in construction zones. In that case, the responsibility may fall on the town, city or county.

Bicycle accidents

Bicyclists and drivers must share a small portion of the road. Accidents most often happen when the individual in the car drives too close to the bicyclist clipping a part of his or her bike and causing the person to crash. Other common causes are when the driver makes a turn without looking and collides with the bicyclist or when a person in a parked car and opens the door without looking to see if the coast is clear. In those instances, the bicyclist may veer into traffic to avoid hitting the door.

Product malfunction

Unfortunately, there are many examples of wrongful death due to product malfunction, despite rigorous demands for the testing of products. Although these can sometimes be complicated cases to prove, the manufacturer should be held responsible.

  •         Defective automobiles
  •         Pharmaceutical products
  •         Car seats
  •         Defective children’s toys
  •         Tools and equipment

Medical malpractice

Unfortunately, oversights and mistakes happen even with the most routine medical procedures. When a patient dies either during or after a procedure, wrongful death is often considered. Some examples are:

  •         Diagnostic errors
  •         Pharmaceutical prescription errors
  •         Surgical errors
  •         Delayed treatment
  •         Hospital negligence

If you have lost a loved one, and feel you may have a case for wrongful death, seek the guidance of an experienced attorney. You have a legal right to pursue compensation. In doing so, you may hold the responsible party accountable for the tragic mistake that could have been avoided. Negligence claims are often complicated and challenging to prove. It is advised that you contact a wrongful death attorney Hillsville, VA trusts as soon as possible.

Thanks to The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their insight into personal injury law and types of wrongful death claims.