When should I hire a wrongful death attorney?

Losing a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences. When the loss of life is due to the negligence or actions of a third party, it’s called a wrongful death. Every year, thousands of deaths are caused unnecessarily due to the recklessness of others. A wrongful death attorney can help your family heal and move on by ensuring that the person or party at fault is found guilty in court and by giving your family a chance of recovering compensation for medical bills, funeral costs and the loss of financial support.

Situations of Wrongful Death

Common incidences of wrongful death include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, defective products and defective drugs, although any situation in which a third party causes someone else’s death is considered a wrongful death. While these are some of the most common wrongful death situations, this list is just the tip of the iceberg – there are many more incidences that cause unjust deaths every year.

  • Motor Vehicle Deaths: In 2014, there were 32,675 motor vehicle deaths in the U.S., and every day 27 people die in drunk driving related accidents.
  • Medical Errors: Deaths from medical errors are the third most common type of death in the US – right behind heart disease and cancer – making up 10 percent of all deaths in the U.S. annually. Situations of medical malpractice include misdiagnosis, fail to diagnose, surgery errors and treatment errors.
  • Defective products: Defective products are linked to immeasurable deaths in the U.S. every year. Recent controversies include Takata’s deadly airbags, G.M.’s faulty ignition switch and cheap lithium batteries causing hoverboards and other devices to blow up.
  • Defective drugs: Pharmaceutical companies often release drugs before fully understanding long-term side effects or harmful interactions. Wrongful deaths are caused by failing to warn users of deadly side effects or deadly interactions between two types of drugs.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, you should hire a wrongful death attorney. A wrongful death lawsuit is filed in civil court between the family of the victim and the person or party responsible for the victim’s death, and a wrongful death attorney will ensure that those at fault are found guilty and your family is compensated. Contact an experienced wrongful death attorney to find out more about your legal options.

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