Dealing with Wrongful Death of a loved one
Wrongful death is when someone dies due to the negligence, incompetence, or wrongdoing of another person or entity. The death of a loved one is always hard. Knowing that the death could have been prevented adds a whole new dimension to the grief survivor’s experience. If you have lost a loved one due to the error of another person or entity, you may be able to receive compensation for wrongful death. Facing a lawsuit while grieving is a hard thing to do. A skilled and experienced wrongful death attorney can give you the guidance and support you need to get compensation and closure.
Disease, illness, genuine accident, and advanced age are natural causes of death. A wrongful death has occurred if the deceased would still be alive were it not for the negligence, wrongdoing or illegal act of another person. If the person had survived and the Defendant would have been liable in a personal injury suit, then the Defendant is now liable in a wrongful death suit.
Some common circumstances of wrongful death include:
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products, equipment or machinery
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Errors in medication
Wrongful death can be caused by the action or inaction of someone who would have been able to prevent death had they been doing their job, adhering to safety regulations, practicing medicine competently and ethically, or driving safely, to name a few. Property owners can be held accountable for wrongful death due to negligent property management. Any person who caused the injury to the deceased that resulted in their death can be held accountable, as well as the entities that were responsible for the actions of the person who caused the death. Companies that made defective products or created the unsafe conditions that resulted in the death are liable in a wrongful death lawsuit, as well as the hospital, physician or pharmacist who made the malpractice error that caused the death of the deceased.
There are some cases where the deceased signed a waiver or a covenant not to sue in the case of death. These kinds of waivers are commonplace before a dangerous activity like skydiving or whitewater rafting. These waivers, in some cases, are not valid. Sometimes, the particular conditions that resulted in their death are not covered in the waiver or covenant. If your loved one signed one such waiver, consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer to review the document to see if you are prohibited from filing a lawsuit.
If you have lost a loved one in a way that could have been prevented, we are here to support you and we are ready to help you at The Law Offices of Gary M. Zeidwig. Use our free evaluation form to contact us, or you can send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (954) 523-3993so we can set up a meeting to go over your case and give you the best advice and representation. Gary Zeidwig is an award-winning trial attorney who has been involved in winning millions of dollars in personal injury compensation for his clients.