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Wrongful Death Case: How to Know if You Have One

If you’ve recently lost a loved one, you can feel hopeless in the aftermath of the tragedy. These feelings can be made even worse if it was a wrongful death case. This claim may seem strange — after all, any death feels wrong — but it pertains specifically to the responsible party.

Here is what you need to know regarding a wrongful death case: There is someone responsible.

Akin to a personal injury lawsuit or a malpractice lawsuit, wrongful death cases are tricky because they imply that there is someone responsible. When a loved one dies from natural causes or due to a fault of their own, a wrongful death case cannot be claimed. The following points highlight a few instances where a wrongful death may be recognized.

  • Intentional killing: If a murder is committed with intent, the perpetrator of the action may be held accountable.
  • Medical malpractice: If a doctor or medical professional knowingly commits an act that defies protocol, they may be held accountable. Additionally, a medical professional’s carelessness can also be considered a cause for a wrongful death case. This may happen if a doctor fails to diagnose a disease or other health concern, didn’t perform to the best of their ability, or was careless in their practice.
  • Negligent behavior: This claim is common among distracted drivers or negligent drivers. In 2014 alone, over 30,000 people died in car accidents with more accidents resulting in personal injury. Even though the other driver didn’t intend to kill the victim, they may still be held accountable should the victim die from injuries resulting from the accident. This can include truck accidents or motorcycle accidents as well.

All of these lawsuits may result in damages owed by the defendant. Although the lawsuit is usually taken care of by a representative of the victim’s estate, the survivors — including family members and close friends — may also be entitled to compensation. This can include funeral costs, medical costs, and loss of the love stripped by the death of the individual. Keep in mind that the legislation and compensation for loved ones will vary between states.

If you believe you have a wrongful death case regarding the death of your loved one, contact Steigmann Law for a lawyer you can trust. They will be able to walk you through the process and help you through this difficult time.