When someone dies, their immediate family and friends are left grappling with the loss for years. The emotional anguish from losing a loved one often results in depression and anxiety for the immediate family members. Worse still, families and friends of the deceased may have a difficult time accepting the loss, especially if the death is sudden and unexpected. For example, accepting the death of a loved one who has spent weeks, months, or years in the hospital battling an illness may be easier than when a loved one is needlessly killed by a negligent party.
If you have lost a loved one or family member in an accident, you may obtain compensation for the loss. And while no amount of money or settlement is worth your loved one’s life, recovering monetary damages may go a long way in helping you move on with life more easily, especially if the deceased was the sole breadwinner for the family.
Unfortunately, not so many people want to go down this legal course, as they do not want to relive a traumatizing experience. However, filing a lawsuit with the counsel of a Stafford wrongful death lawyer may be your only sure way to receive closure for what happened and hold the negligent parties responsible. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers are here to help you navigate the legal process.
A wrongful death occurs when someone else’s actions or inactions lead to the loss of life. Typically, wrongful death claims is based on negligence. If someone else has owed you the duty of care (on the road or otherwise) but failed to uphold the duty to you, causing you to harm in the process, he or she may be held accountable with the able help of a skilled fatal accident attorney.
There are many types of accidents through which someone may lose their life. Some common incidents include:
Every medical care provider has to uphold safe and proper work ethics to safeguard the lives of patients under their care. But often, doctors, nurses, and surgeons may indulge in actions that pose a threat to the safety of their patients. For example, a doctor may not check a patient’s past medical records, resulting in an overdose or wrong prescription for the patient. Our experienced lawyer may help you hold doctors, nurses, surgeons, or other medical care workers responsible for the wrongful death of your loved one.
Just like medical service providers, drivers and other motorists have a duty of care towards other road users. They must always ensure that the safety and well-being of pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, passengers, and other drivers are guaranteed. Any form of distraction or reckless driving that causes harm to others is punishable by law. Some of the other ways in which a driver may breach their duty of care includes:
An attorney could provide you with more information about how duty of care applies to wrongful death cases.
Manufacturers of consumer products are bound by law to ensure that their goods are safe for human use. These goods may be in the form of foodstuffs, electrical appliances, farm use products, drugs, medical equipment, and other types of machinery. Should the use of any of these products cause the death of a consumer, its manufacturer and retailer may be at-fault.
When filing a wrongful death claim, it doesn’t matter whether your loved one breathed their last breath immediately after an accident or spent some time in the hospital. If their death resulted from someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. But as expected, if your loved one spent days or weeks in hospital before passing, he/she may have suffered additional damages in the process.
Damages available in a fatal accident claim include:
You must provide all the available medical records to your attorney to ensure that they are included during the valuation of your damages in the wrongful death action.
If you have lost a loved one under any of the earlier-mentioned circumstances, we understand the emotional trauma you may be going through. We know it hurts to know that your loved one would still be alive if the party at-fault had been responsible. For this reason, our Stafford wrongful death lawyers seek to help you bring closure to your loss by obtaining compensation on your behalf. While doing so may not bring back your loved one, it will surely enable you to recover losses suffered in the process. To schedule a free case evaluation, call us today.