The loss of a loved one can be a devastating experience in any situation. However, when that death is the result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, the experience can be excruciatingly painful. In such a situation, filing a wrongful death suit can help surviving family members receive both emotional closure and financial compensation for their loss.
A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or wrongdoing of someone else. Many states currently have wrongful death statutes in place that compel businesses, including manufacturers, hospitals, doctors and other professionals to conduct themselves appropriately to ensure the safety of their patients, clients and customers.
Where do Wrongful Deaths Occur?
While a wrongful death could occur anywhere, they are more common in the following situations:
- Hospitals: Surgical errors, misdiagnoses, premature discharging and improper administration of anesthesia can result in a wrongful death.
- Car accidents: Fatal car accidents caused by a flaw or defect in automobile manufacturing or due to the negligence of a hired driver can be considered wrongful death.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence, you could be entitled to a financial award to help compensate you for the salary or savings of the deceased, depending on the level of dependence of surviving family members. You may also be compensated for expenses incurred for medical and funeral costs as well as for pain, suffering and loss of companionship.
Obviously, no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one. But a financial payment can help ease the burden often left when a breadwinner passes away. While wrongful death suits are very complex, an attorney specializing in this area of law can help you get the compensation you deserve. At this time of grief, having an experienced, compassionate attorney on your side can ease the stress and emotional duress often caused by these types of cases.