What types of cases do wrongful death lawyers handle?

death lawyers specialize in handling cases where an individual’s death has occurred due to the negligence, misconduct, or intentional actions of another party. These attorneys provide legal representation to the surviving family members or beneficiaries of the deceased, seeking compensation for the losses and damages suffered as a result of the wrongful death.

Wrongful death cases can arise from various circumstances, including

Medical Malpractice

When a healthcare professional’s negligence or medical error leads to a patient’s death, such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, or failure to provide appropriate treatment.

Car Accidents

Wrongful death claims can be filed when a person dies in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, such as drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, or reckless behavior.

Workplace Accidents

If an employee dies due to unsafe working conditions, inadequate safety measures, or employer negligence, the surviving family members may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Product Liability

When a defective or dangerous product causes a fatal accident or illness, the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer may be held responsible for the wrongful death.

Premises Liability

If a property owner fails to maintain a safe environment, resulting in a fatal accident, the surviving family members may have a wrongful death claim. Examples include slip and fall accidents, inadequate security leading to assault or murder, or dangerous property conditions.

Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

Wrongful death cases can arise when a nursing home or its staff neglects or abuses a resident, leading to their death.

Criminal Acts

If a person dies due to the intentional actions of another, such as murder, manslaughter, or assault, the surviving family members may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit alongside any criminal charges.

In these cases, wrongful death lawyers work to establish the liability of the responsible party, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent the family in court if necessary. They aim to secure compensation for various damages, including medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional distress.