Nothing is more painful and disruptive for a family than the unexpected loss of a loved one. If your family member was killed due to the negligence, misconduct or willful wrongdoing of somebody else, you could have a wrongful death claim. Although no amount of money can bring your loved one back, under the law, you may be able to recover damages from the person or company responsible for your family member’s death. Listed below are just a few of the more common causes of wrongful death that may require you to hire a wrongful death attorney.
Wrongful Death Causes
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Medical malpractice
- Defective and faulty products
- Workplace accidents
- Dangerous premises
- Criminal acts
Wrongful Death in Car and Truck Accidents
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., and 32,675 people were killed in car crashes in 2014. In cases involving dangerous or recalled vehicles, it may be possible to hold automobile manufacturers responsible. Fatal accidents involving commercial vehicles also need to be fully investigated. Trucking companies and commercial truck drivers may be held accountable for fatal accidents that occur as a result of violating federal safety regulations or other traffic safety laws.
Wrongful Death in The Workplace
Companies, businesses, employers and supervisors have a duty to ensure their workplaces are safe for workers, laborers and employees. If your loved one was killed in an on-the-job accident, it may also be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against an employer or company. Work in the roadway, construction and oil field industries are particularly dangerous, so it’s essential to find out if the employer was following all state and federal safety regulations at the time of the accident.
Wrongful Death in The Hospital
Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, 251,000 people die due to preventable medical errors. More people die due to preventable medical malpractice than die of respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s every year. Approximately 9.5 percent of all deaths annually are due to preventable medical errors. We’re losing 700 people a day in hospitals and medical centers due to preventable causes. Medical errors can occur as a result of a wide variety of reasons including communication breakdown, systemic issues, wrong medications and negligent procedures or medical techniques. At this time, there really isn’t any kind of standardization of investigations or procedures associated with medical error detection and prevention, so if you suspect your loved one died as a result of negligent care in a hospital or medical setting, you need to speak with a wrongful death attorney who has medical malpractice, wrongful death case experience immediately.
Damages Associated With Wrongful Death Claims
- Medical care expenses prior to death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Immediate and long-term loss of income
- Loss of spousal companionship
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of parental guidance for children
- Pain, suffering and grief from loss to spouse, children or parents
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Every state has different laws that govern who can recover for the death of a loved one. In the State of Texas, the parents, spouse and children of a victim may recover in a wrongful death action against the responsible person. Additionally, if you had a strong relationship with the deceased or if that person financially supported you, you may be entitled to more compensation than someone who was not being supported by the deceased. Your attorney can evaluate your case and determine if you have a wrongful death claim.
Evaluating a Wrongful Death Case
If you have lost a loved one in any type of accident, whether it was in a hospital or on the job, you need to have your claim evaluated by an experienced personal injury attorney. Unfortunately, we sometimes see the person or company responsible for a person’s death try to convince the family otherwise. They might say that the accident was not preventable or that your family member was somehow at fault for his or her own death. Only an attorney experienced in handling wrongful death cases will be able to determine if the accident could have been prevented and if you have a wrongful death claim.
Conroe Wrongful Death Attorney
Your attorney can stay on top of any official investigative developments and leave no stone unturned in the search for what happened to your loved one. It will be necessary to obtain various official government documents, OSHA investigation reports and medical records to piece together what happened in your loved one’s case. Additionally, your lawyer can obtain any necessary experts who can critically review and help to evaluate your wrongful death case.
If you have lost a loved one due to negligence or willful wrongdoing in or around the Conroe area, contact the Scott Law Firm at (936) 270-8100 for a free consultation.