When an individual dies as a result of someone’s reckless behavior or negligence, his/her death is legally known as wrongful death. When you have lost a loved one under these circumstances, you have the right to file a suit to seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of consortium, and other financial strains incurred as a result of the victim’s death. There are several situations that can lead to wrongful death, with the most frequent being:
- Car Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common wrongful death claims and can include accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Serious accidents which are caused by distracted or drunk drivers can result in life altering injuries and in many cases death.
- Medical Malpractice: Another common cause for wrongful death lawsuits is medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional makes a mistake that results in the injury or death of a patient. There are many incidents that can qualify as medical malpractice including surgical errors, like leaving instruments inside of a patient, or improperly filled prescriptions, which can result in an overdose or other complications.
- Criminal Behavior: Murder, robbery, and other criminal behavior which leads to the death of an individual can also be the basis for a wrongful death claim. There have also been cases where destructive behavior like bullying, which results in a suicide, can be considered the basis for a wrongful death claim.
Have you lost a loved one due to another person’s reckless behavior? Contact the legal team at Ramtin Law to request your free consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate personal injury attorneys.