Different Kinds of Wrongful Death Cases

Last updated on: April 25, 2022

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Wrongful death is a term that describes a legal claim against an individual for the death of another due to negligence or misconduct. There are many different kinds of wrongful death cases, and the proceedings in a settlement or trial are very complex.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or misconduct of another person, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages. Call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free case evaluation with an experienced and compassionate wrongful death lawyer.

What Is a Wrongful Death?

If an individual or company is liable in any way for someone’s death, the immediate family of the deceased may be legally entitled to sue for damages via a wrongful death claim. The family members of the deceased may not suffer any immediate injuries, but they can still seek compensation for many types of damages, including medical bills, funeral and burial costs, lost income and benefits, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and much more.

Types of Wrongful Death

Medical malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or medical staff neglects to follow safety protocol or perform due diligence with a patient during births, invasive surgeries, or other medical procedures.  These cases can often be attributed to delayed or poor treatment, or a failure to obtain consent for specific treatments or medications.

Car accidents

Car accidents that result in death can be extremely traumatic for the families of the victims. They may be able to sue for wrongful death if they are able to establish liability in the crash.

Car accident wrongful death cases may be caused by speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving, or a combination of the three.

Drunk Driving

We mentioned impaired driving above, but drunk driving warrants its own specific section due to the specifics of filing a drunk driving accident injury claim. A wrongful death claim against the actions of a drunk driver requires a thorough investigation in order to be effective, as there may be strong evidence of the driver’s reckless behavior or misconduct.

Truck accidents

Truck accidents are similar to car accidents. However, due to the large size and weight of the vehicle, truck accidents can incur much higher damages than typical car accidents. Due to state regulations, insurance policy limits on 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles may be very high. A grieving family may be able to recover large damages if a tragedy were to occur and fault is established.

Causes of trucking accidents are generally the same as causes of car accidents. However, there is a higher rate of truck crashes due to exhaustion, as drivers often spend many hours on the road making deliveries.

Water-related accidents

In certain cases when a water feature is not properly maintained, or understaffed with lifeguards, the facility can be held liable for wrongful death. If this is the case, the plaintiff must clearly demonstrate that the party in charge of managing the facilities neglected to meet adequate safety standards for their pool, lake, or water park.

Defective products

There are many regulations to ensure manufacturers only sell products that are safe to use. However, there are times when unsafe products are made and sold, and manufacturers can be held responsible for the consequences.

Wrongful deaths from bad products may focus on expired or toxic food, defective cars, dangerous toys, and pharmaceuticals. These may lead to effective lawsuits if the plaintiff is able to gather evidence of misconduct on behalf of the manufacturer or distributor of the deadly products.

Birth injury

Birth injuries involve harm to a baby due to complications during pregnancy or delivery. If a developing fetus or newborn baby dies, and there is evidence that the causes of death were avoidable, there may be legal grounds for a wrongful death claim.

Get Help from Nationwide Wrongful Death Lawyers

Wrongful death lawsuits are a way for grieving families to recover damages incurred after the loss of a loved one under a variety of circumstances. Funeral expenses, loss of income, and medical records may all be potentially included in a wrongful death settlement.

If you or someone you know has suffered the loss of a loved one that was due to the misconduct or negligence of another person, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our skilled wrongful lawyers.

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