Reasons Why Wrongful Death Suits Are More Common Than You Might Think
A wrongful death suit is a legal claim that can be brought by the family of a loved one who has died due to another person’s negligence or wrongful conduct. If you’ve lost a family member and want to pursue a wrongful death claim, it’s important to know your rights and what you may be entitled to in compensation.
In this guide, we’ll go over common reasons why someone would file a lawsuit for wrongful death—including medical malpractice and defective products—and how much money people receive when they win their case.
Injuries or illnesses caused by negligence.
Wrongful death claims can be filed in cases where someone has been injured or died because of negligence.
Medical malpractice in legal terms, refers to negligence by a health care professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or other medical professionals. In addition to causing physical harm, medical failure can also result in emotional distress for the patient and their family members.
Negligence can occur when a medical professional makes an incorrect diagnosis; performs surgery on the wrong patient; fails to prescribe proper treatment for an illness; prescribes too much or too little medication; uses outdated equipment or methods, or doesn’t warn patients about the risks involved with surgery or medicine use; or any number of other mistakes that fall under “unprofessional conduct” within their field of practice. This also applies to other types of professionals such as dentists, firefighters, and even police officers who are able to enter a property with the use of a no-knock warrant, opening them up to liability.
Losing a loved one in an airplane crash or accident.
In a wrongful death suit, a person or family member of a deceased individual can sue for damages. The most common cause of these claims is an airplane crash or other accident that results in someone’s death. For example, if you were on an airline flight that crashed due to pilot error or mechanical failure, your family could sue the airline for your wrongful death.
Unsafe working conditions that result in death on the job
When a worker dies in the process of performing their job, it is not uncommon for them to leave behind an estate. The surviving family members might be able to file a wrongful death claim against the employer under these circumstances.
In many cases, the employee will have died due to unsafe working conditions or lack of proper training to perform their job safely. For example, if an employee were killed due to electrocution while working on high voltage equipment without wearing protective gear and his employer had failed to provide such gear in the first place, then this would be considered negligence on behalf of both the company and its employees.
This can often result in significant financial compensation for surviving family members who have lost somebody close because one person decided not to do what they should have done,such as wearing protective clothing.
If you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, it’s essential that you know your rights and options. Getting through such a difficult time can be challenging, but knowing what to do next can help to make things a little easier on yourself and your family.