The Leading Causes of Wrongful Death
Losing a loved one is devastating emotionally and can cause tremendous financial hardship on a family. These feelings only become more aggravated when the death was due to the reckless or negligent behavior of a third party. In legal terms, this type of loss is known as wrongful death. In these situations, families of the deceased can file a wrongful death suit to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost income, and damages for loss of emotional support. There are several causes of wrongful death with some of the most common being:
- Medical Malpractice: If a healthcare professional fails to provide the required level of care to a patient, which results in the death of a patient, the family has the right to seek compensation through a wrongful death suit. Medical malpractice can occur in several ways including, but not limited to, surgical, anesthesia, and prescription errors.
- Auto Accidents: With an increase in distracted, aggressive, and impaired driving, auto accidents are one of the most frequent causes for wrongful death. Auto accidents can include collisions with cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, as well as pedestrian accidents.
- Nursing Home Neglect: Many wrongful death cases occur due to neglect or abuse on behalf of a nursing home staff. When elderly people are not given adequate care including proper medications, hygiene care, and assistance when walking, tragedy can ensue.
- Product Liability: When loss of life occurs due to the use of a product, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against the company responsible for manufacturing, designing, or distributing the product. Products which were not made correctly or contain design flaws can result in death, especially when the product is a car or medication which does not work properly.
Have you recently lost a loved to the above circumstances? You and your family may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact us at Ben F. Windham, P.C. to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate Atlanta personal injury attorneys.