Coming to terms with the death of a loved one can be a trying and traumatic event for the deceased’s family. Handling a sudden accidental death can be hard for families to accept. Too many people are killed every year because of others’ carelessness, recklessness, or negligence.
If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by negligence, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party responsible for your loved one’s death.
A Marion wrongful death lawyer from our law firm can manage your wrongful death case, gather the kinds of evidence needed to support your compensation claim, and file your lawsuit by the statutory deadline. Contact our team at the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, to get started on your case. Our offices can be reached at (740) 212-1686. You can have a free case evaluation, so call today.
There Are Different Types of Wrongful Death Accident Cases
Accidental fatalities and wrongful deaths can occur in many ways. Eligible surviving family members may be able to pursue compensation on behalf of their loved one. Depending on how the accident occurred, one or more parties may be held liable for a loved one’s wrongful death, and family members may be able to pursue compensation through an insurance provider or a lawsuit.
The following are some examples of wrongful death cases:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional injury fatalities for Americans. Unintentional poisoning may occur because of accidental overdoses on prescription drugs or illegal drugs, but it may also occur as an unexpected side effect of a prescription drug or a combination of medications.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
In 2015, motor vehicle accidents killed over 35,000 people, according to the CDC. Motor vehicle accidents may involve passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, buses, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In fact, the CDC also reported in 2017 that nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents.
Maritime, Offshore, and Boat Accidents
Work on offshore rigs and in water transportation can be dangerous. Boating accidents, harsh work conditions, and machinery accidents can all cause maritime fatalities.
Nursing Home Deaths
According to the CDC, one in 10 seniors experiences abuse, neglect, and exploitation at home. Elderly residents in nursing homes may also experience different forms of abuse and neglect. They might become victims of physical, emotional, psychological, financial, and even sexual abuse.
Families who lost a loved one due to nursing home abuse or neglect may be able to pursue compensation from the nursing home, staff, doctors, facility owners, and anyone else involved in their loved one’s care.
Poorly Supervised Group Activities
Accidental deaths, especially drowning and suffocation, are common in school field trips, pools or recreational facilities, and child care facilities. If you lost a child or loved one in an area where they should have been properly supervised, you may be entitled to compensation for their wrongful death.
Product manufacturers and designers may be held liable for incorrectly labeling their products, selling products with a manufacturing or design error, or failing to meet industry standards for their product. If you were injured by a product despite using it as intended, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and losses.
Slips, Falls, and Premises Liability
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), slips and falls are the leading cause of accidental fatal injury for the elderly. Slippery surfaces, floor damage, poor lighting, a lack of maintenance, and a failure to meet safety standards can lead to fatal slips and falls.
Construction sites and places of business are required to meet many different workplace and worker safety standards issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They must also satisfy various rules and regulations issued by different local, state, and federal work safety bodies. If workplaces do not meet safety standards, they put their employees’ lives at risk of injury or death.
Medical malpractice cases involve any form of medical error that causes injury or death to a patient. Medical malpractice may involve delayed diagnoses, misdiagnoses, doctor errors, doctor incompetence, drug errors, surgical errors, and patient mix-ups. Multiple parties may be held liable for medical practice, from the doctor who operated on your loved one to the medical facility owners.
If you lost a loved one to any of these accidents or another type of accident, a Marion wrongful death lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, may help you pursue compensation. Call (740) 212-1686 for a free case evaluation.
We Can Help You Pursue Compensation
You may be able to seek compensation for many different categories of losses and damages after losing a loved one in a fatal accident. These losses may include:
- Lost income
- Lost future income
- Vehicle or property damage
- Funeral, burial, and/or cremation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship or parental guidance
No dollar figure can compensate for the loss of a loved one. However, if your family is experiencing financial struggles after a loved one’s death, you may bring a wrongful death lawsuit to seek justice and potentially recover those losses.
To pursue compensation, you will need to assign liability to the party or parties responsible for your loved one’s death. Your lawyer can help you by investigating the circumstances of your loved one’s accident and determining who may be held liable for their wrongful death.
Speak with the Fitch Law Firm, LLC, Today
We are just a call away, and we are here to assist you with your wrongful death claim or lawsuit. Start your case by working with a Marion wrongful death lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm, LLC.
Call today to learn more about how we may be able to help with your wrongful death suit. Simply contact us at (740) 212-1686, and we will evaluate your case. If your case warrants a claim, we can help you gather evidence, evaluate your losses, and file a claim.