Wrongful Death Lawyers
When a person dies suddenly, the left behind family often looks for answers in an attempt to understand why their loved one lost their life. Although there is no comfort in the questioning, learning that a loved one lost their life as a result of another person’s reckless or negligent actions can offer a sense of closure a grieving family needs. Every year, tens of thousands of people lose their lives in accidents as a result of another person’s actions.
While there is nothing that can be done to bring back those taken away, retaining the legal guidance of a wrongful death lawyer can help families hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. The personal injury attorneys at The Medical Negligence Group are committed to assisting families in obtaining compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one.
Our wrongful death lawyers understand the care and compassion necessary when representing the families of victims. At the same time, our attorneys maintain a respected level of tenacity and diligence needed to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for families so they can cover the financial burdens they face after losing a loved one. Contact our law firm today to see how our team can help you get the justice you deserve.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Wrongful death is a legal claim that centers on the wrongful death of a victim. A victim suffers a wrongful death if their death is caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party. Additionally, deaths resulting from unsafe appliances and the breach of a warranty of any item intended for human use also constitutes a legally pursuable wrongful death situation.
Many states dictate who is able to file a legal claim after the wrongful death of a loved one. In most cases, entitled parties include:
- The spouse of the decedent
- The natural or adopted children of the decedent
- The surviving domestic partner of the decedent
- The decedent’s surviving parents
- The surviving siblings of the decedent
- Any person appointed to represent the estate of the decedent
Wrongful death claims are pursued by grieving families to obtain compensation from those at fault. The basis of a wrongful death lawsuit is similar to the process of filing a personal injury claim. When a person is injured, they often seek compensation and justice from the person who caused them harm. If the victim ends up passing away as a result of their injuries, the ability to file a legal claim is passed on to the entitled party.
Many wrongful death claims stem from motor vehicle accidents. More than 40,000 people lose their lives in auto collisions across the United States each year. Some types of motor vehicle accidents that are the cause of wrongful death cases include:
- Car Accidents
- Semi-truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Recreational vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
Although the majority of wrongful death claims involve auto collisions, there are various other causes of wrongful death cases. Some other common causes include:
- Industrial Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
- Assault and Violence
- Premises Liability
- Defective and Dangerous Products
Any time a person loses their life as a result of another party’s reckless, negligent, or malicious actions, their surviving relatives may be able to seek justice. Working with aggressive wrongful death lawyers will ensure your family gets the justice it deserves.
Wrongful Death Cases Involving Medical Malpractice
Medical negligence is one of the leading causes of long-term injuries and illnesses. It is also one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is crucial that families understand their legal rights after losing a loved one due to the reckless and negligent actions of medical professionals. When doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals fail to act with an acceptable level of care, they can be held liable for resulting injuries and damages suffered by a victim and their family.
Although medical malpractice comes in many forms, there are a variety of errors and oversights that can have a significant impact on a patient’s life. Some common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors
- Physician errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Birth injuries
- Medication errors
- Pharmaceutical/Prescription errors
Although we want to believe that our doctors have our best interest in mind, entrusting the wrong physician or medical professional can be a fatal mistake. If your loved one lost their life as a result of a medical professional’s reckless or negligent actions, it is imperative that you reach out to a personal injury attorney immediately to protect your legal rights.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits Surrounding Acts of Violence
Although every state in the country has laws that criminalize acts of violence, especially when the violent actions result in death, criminal prosecution does not provide families any assistance for dealing with the financial burdens they face after losing their loved ones. For this reason, families who lose loved ones as a result of acts of violence should contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. Families may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face from a tragic loss. Some of the damages our wrongful death lawyers at The Medical Negligence Group help families receive compensation for include:
- All medical costs related to a violent attack or assault.
- The funeral and burial expenses for the victim.
- Any loss of income associated with spending time off to grieve.
- Any loss of earnings based on what the victim would have earned if they were able to continue working.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of benefits.
- Loss of consortium and companionship.
- Loss of qualify of life for the deceased victim, prior to their passing.
Statistics show that more than 50,000 people lose their lives as a result of violence in the United States each year. Not only can those responsible be held criminally liable, but they can face civil liability as well. If your loved one lost their life as a result of another person’s actions, contact our law firm to explore legal options available for you.
Why Work with Wrongful Death Lawyers?
If your loved one lost their life as a result of another person’s actions, it is imperative that you act quickly to protect your legal rights. Though some states afford victims several years to file legal claims on behalf of their deceased loved ones, waiting to do so can have a negative impact on your ability to get the justice you deserve.
The team at The Medical Negligence Group understands the challenges families face as they move forward after losing a loved one. For this reason, we strive to protect the legal rights of grieving families so they can focus on overcoming their loss. Our lawyers perform various tasks to ensure families are able to get the justice they deserve. Some of the services we provide for families pursuing wrongful death claims include:
Investigating: Our attorneys will go out to the scene of the incident and investigate. We will take pictures, gather any available surveillance footage, and record videos capturing various critical details. Furthermore, we work with experts who can recreate the scene of an accident showing the speed, weather conditions, and other important factors.
Gathering Evidence: Our lawyers collect police reports, medical records, and witness statements whenever available. We gather evidence from many sources to ensure families have the most persuasive legal case so they can get the justice they deserve.
Filing Documents: Families only have a certain amount of time to pursue legal actions surrounding the wrongful death of a loved one. For this reason, we work to ensure all documents, petitions, evidence, and requests are filed on time and accurately.
Maintain Communication with Families: Our wrongful death lawyers strive to keep families informed about their claims throughout the entire legal process. We consult with families and let them know what to expect every step of the way. Furthermore, we are available to answer any questions families have and provide them with copies of all documents and evidence.
Get Families the Compensation They Deserve: Our wrongful death lawyers aggressively negotiate full and fair settlements for families to ensure they are able to cover the financial burdens they face after the loss of a loved one. If we are unable to negotiate an acceptable amount, we provide effective legal representation in court to help families obtain the outcome they expect for their claims.
Navigating the complex legal system is challenging. It is even more challenging to do while dealing with an array of emotions after losing a loved one. Working with a wrongful death attorney will ensure you are in the best position imaginable to move forward after a tragic loss.
The Medical Negligence Group Can Help You
Losing a loved one is difficult to deal with, regardless of the circumstance surrounding the death. Learning that your loved one died as a result of negligent or reckless actions just makes the situations even more overwhelming to accept. If your loved one lost their life as a result of another person’s negligence, it is imperative that you reach out to a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens you face moving forward after an unexpected loss.
Our wrongful death attorneys at The Medical Negligence Group have decades of experience helping families get the justice they deserve after losing loved ones due to the negligent actions of medical professionals. Our negligence lawyers have helped many families obtain favorable verdicts for their claims. We are dedicated to helping all of our clients get the maximum amount of compensation available for their claims. Contact our law firm today at (410) 220-6609 to meet with our wrongful death attorneys to discuss legal options available for you.
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