What Scenarios Can Lead to Wrongful Death Claims?

by actuate | May 11th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our legal team works hard to help injured victims and their loved ones get compensation after accidents. But what happens when those accidents result in someone’s death?

The surviving family members of a person who died in a preventable, fatal accident that was caused by another person’s or party’s negligence can file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. There are many types of accidents and mistakes that can result in valid wrongful death claims, including:

  • Car accidents—When drivers break the law, whether it’s by speeding, texting while driving, or driving under the influence, they put others in danger. And when their negligence causes a fatal crash, they should be held liable.
  • Medical malpractice—Doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare providers are responsible for ensuring their patients are safe and avoid complications. When they fail to do so, they can be considered accountable for injuries, illnesses, and even deaths.
  • Nursing home abuse—Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable members of society. Many are at risk of deadly falls or sudden downturns in their health that can turn fatal. It’s up to nursing home staff members to provide the care, medical treatment, and supervision necessary to reduce their risks.

These are just a few examples of the types of situations that can result in wrongful death claims. If you lost a loved one and you believe it was due to someone else’s carelessness or mistake, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our Virginia wrongful death attorneys today for a free consultation.