While the term «wrongful death» seems quite self-explanatory, many are unaware of the legal ramifications of a wrongful death case. Wrongful death is a result of negligence or intent to harm on the part of another. Wrongful death cases are considered a civil suit, separate from criminal cases. Action can be sought against individuals or companies who are at fault of negligence or intent to harm.
Wrongful death cases are unique in that they are not filed by the person directly harmed in the case, but rather the loved ones who are seeking damages for expenses incurred as a result of the loss of their loved ones. These can include medical bills, funeral costs, and financial and/or parental support for loved ones left behind.
Wrongful death can take happen in a wide variety of situations. Some of these situations include:
Medical malpractice cases are usually a result of negligence on the part of medical staff. These cases can range from improperly prescribed anesthetics and drugs to a lack of care during procedures.
Many companies try to prevent wrongful death occurrences caused by product defects through recalls. However, in many instances, these recalls are a result of injury or death caused by the defective product. These products can range from automobile tires to children’s toys and cribs.
Oftentimes, automobile accidents involving death are dealt with as criminal cases if the person at fault was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. One of the most increasing causes of deaths in automobile accidents, however, is texting while driving. Some states consider this a criminal charge, but a wrongful death suit can also be sought in some situations.
Unsafe Working Conditions
Wrongful death can occur in the workplace when organizations are not up to par with safety standards and procedures. In these instances, the company is at fault for negligence.
If your loved one has been a victim of wrongful death, contact Jeff Metler, a trusted Salt Lake City wrongful death attorney. He can help you determine if you are entitled to a settlement for your loss.
To reach a settlement for a wrongful death that occurred in the state of Texas, you might want to consider reaching out to Attorney Michael R. Rowland who concentrates his practice handling wrongful death, personal injury and insurance litigation.