In a way, every death feels like a wrongful death. Families may feel that the fatality of a loved one is unfair and wrong. However not every situation is a wrongful death.
Examples of Wrongful Death Claims
A wrongful death claim may be applicable in various situations:
- Medical malpractice. If a patient does not receive adequate levels of care in the hospital, and dies as a result, or if a doctor fails to diagnose a dangerous condition or treat it correctly, survivors may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
- Car accident and vehicle accidents. One of the more common types of wrongful death claims occurs from a vehicle accident.
- Workplace accidents. In some cases, but not all, workplace accidents can lead to wrongful death claims — especially if the fatality occurred as a result of safety violations.
- Violence and homicide. If someone intentionally kills someone else, they may find themselves facing a lawsuit. Similarly, if someone is abusive or accidentally kills someone in the performance of an unlawful act, such as a mugging, they too may face a civil claim.
- Premises liability issues. If a property owner is negligent in providing a safe area for visitors, he or she may find themselves facing a wrongful death claim if a fatality results. For example, if a restaurant owner is negligent in providing a safe dining area and a visitor is killed because a balcony collapses, the restaurant owner may face a wrongful death claim.
- Defective products. If dangerous household products cause a fatality, manufacturers may face lawsuits or even class actions from people whose loved ones have been killed by a poorly designed or manufactured product.
Do You Have a Wrongful Death Claim?
It can be difficult to tell whether a wrongful death claim is appropriate, or whether you even have a claim. If you have questions, contact KBG Injury Law for a consultation to talk about your unique situation. Our attorneys can tell you whether you have a claim, or other legal options, and can help you understand what you stand to gain by pursuing a lawsuit or simply walking away. We can help guide you toward a decision that grants you peace of mind.