What Is Considered Wrongful Death?
After a loved one dies in an accident, naturally we want to believe that all of the circumstances behind it were wrongful. That our loved one died because someone else was reckless or careless, and that their actions caused the accident. It is important to realize, however, that not every case may be considered “wrongful death.”
When a loved one’s death is involved, resolving the case is not usually very straightforward. Many different factors may play a role in, so if you believe a loved one may be a victim of wrongful death, you have every right to take matters into your hands and seek justice.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
The short answer is yes. Regardless of whether or not someone is a victim of an act of negligence, or is the victim of a crime of passion, or is the victim of a premediated or calculated act of homicide, these are all classified as wrongful death.
Wrongful death cases also occur due to negligence, such as in a serious car collision. When this occurs, the victim’s family can act on their loved one’s behalf. They may file a claim for compensation to hold the responsible drivers accountable. They can then fight to receive full financial recovery for medical costs, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, and funeral expenses—any other expenses incurred due to the loved one’s death.
Wrongful death cases may also involve professional misconduct, such as in cases of medical malpractice. In these instances, the family can file a claim against the doctor, hospital, or medical staff to fight for compensation. The family might also choose to bring forth a lawsuit to reclaim justice, if they choose.
When Should You Call an Attorney?
These are only some examples of cases that may be considered wrongful death. For the victim’s family members, filing a claim for compensation or bringing forth a lawsuit may be the only way to find peace of mind and resolve the issue once and for all.
To get started, contact Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. today and request an appointment.