Fatal accidents are always tragic. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult and finding a way to pick up the pieces can seem all but impossible.
Unfortunately, people lose their lives in fatal accidents every day. From car crashes to construction accidents, there are countless tragedies in which one can suffer loss of life. But when does an accidental death become a wrongful death?
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Wrongful death lawsuits are typically filed against an individual or party that the family of the deceased believes to have either caused the death through negligence or contributed to the death in some other way. The victim’s family members file this type of suit to seek compensation for the financial losses they have experienced due to the death. The lawsuit may also be filed as a means of seeking justice.
When someone dies as the result of a fatal accident, things like medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income from the deceased family member and the non-monetary costs of a spouse losing a partner, are often the expenses left behind. While there is no way to bring back a loved one who has been lost, wrongful death lawsuits provide a means for surviving family members to recover at least a portion of their losses and seek justice.
When Fatal Accidents Are Wrongful Deaths
There are several situations in which a fatal accident is considered a wrongful death. Some of the most common, though, are fatal automobile accidents. When another driver’s negligence results in the death of someone else, the remaining family members tend to have a strong case for wrongful death. This is especially true in cases involving drunk drivers. When someone chooses to get behind the wheel while drunk and ends up killing someone else, they are responsible for the damages they have caused.
Wrongful deaths may also occur as the result of workplace accidents. People who work on construction sites, at chemical sites, in industrial zones and in other potentially dangerous situations are exposed to numerous hazards on a daily basis. When one of those hazards ends up resulting in the death of an employee, the employer may be financially liable for the worker’s wrongful death. In these cases, employers may be found responsible for the worker’s death if the company failed to abide by safety regulations.
While rare, deaths resulting from premises liability scenarios could also be considered wrongful death. If a property owner fails to remove ice from stairs, for example, and someone slips and is killed, the owner could be held liable for failing to maintain the property. Accidental drownings and other accidents that occur as a direct result of a property owner’s negligence may also count as wrongful deaths.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
There are countless situations in which a fatal accident qualifies as a wrongful death. Anytime someone loses their life in an accident that was directly caused by the negligence of someone else, a wrongful death situation may exist. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit is difficult and can be emotionally draining. Working with an experienced attorney is the best way to get the compensation you are entitled to.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident and believe that another person or party is directly responsible, a wrongful death lawsuit may be an option. At Kopelman Sitton, we are sensitive to the devastation that families endure in these situations, and we are here to help you pursue fair compensation and justice for the death of your loved one. We handle wrongful death cases in a compassionate manner, and we will guide you through the process with the care and consideration you deserve. While we know that nothing we can do will ease your pain or bring your loved one back, we will do everything in our power to help you make it through the difficult situation you are facing.
To learn more about wrongful death lawsuits, please reach out to the professionals at Kopelman Sitton today. Your comfort and confidence are our primary concerns, and we will be here to guide you through every step of this painful process and help you gain closure.