5 Common Accidents that Lead to Wrongful Death Cases

Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult enough; the burden of unpaid medical bills and making ends meet create additional difficulties. If your loved one has died due to negligent behavior of another, you can sue the person, or the company, to obtain compensation for easing your financial burden.

In order to know whether you qualify for a wrongful death case, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Shield Litigation, LLP in Santa Ana, CA. Here are five common accidents that will entitle you to receive compensation from the guilty party for wrongful death of your loved one:

1. Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice happens when a patient dies due to negligent behavior of the medical staff — irrespective of the fact that the negligence was willful or unintentional. Medical personnel are required to provide the highest level of care to the patients. If their negligence results in the loss of life of a patient, the deceased person’s family can sue them in the court to get compensation for wrongful death.

In case the medical professional worked at a clinic or hospital, the institution will be responsible to pay the compensation to the deceased’s family.

2. Accidents at the Workplace

Workplace accidents that results in the death of a worker can also be a cause of wrongful death case. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) have set strict standards for workplace safety in the US. However, sometimes the employers do not follow the safety regulations due to which deaths occur.

Most of these deaths occur in high-risk industries such as manufacturing and construction. However, the deaths can occur in other professions as well. In case your loved one has died due to an accident at the workplace, a wrongful death attorney will advise you whether you should sue the company to get compensation.

3. Truck Accidents

Truck accidents typically involve serious injuries. Usually they result in fatalities. A wrongful death case can be filed in case the driver of the truck caused the accident due to any of the following reasons.

  • Drunk driving
  • Not stopping at the red light
  • Driving while using a mobile
  • Driving without a driver’s licence
  • Driving over the speed and/or load limit

4. Car Accidents

Car accidents can also lead to a wrongful death case. The family members of the deceased person who died in a car accident can sue the guilty person to get compensation. The car driver must pay in case the accident occurred due to over speeding, drunk driving, or reckless disregard of road rules, among other reasons.

5. Motorcycle Accidents

Generally, motorcycle accidents occur when truck or car drivers don’t notice motorcyclists when changing lanes. This can result in serious injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis of the motorcyclist. Often, death results due to the accident.  These accidents could have been avoided if the drivers of the car or truck simply looked sideways before changing lanes. In this case as well, the families of the deceased person can sue the driver for wrongful death.

The above are just some of the reasons for wrongful death cases. Other reasons include defective products, bar fights, suicide due to sexual harassments, defective warning labels, to name a few.

If you want to bring a wrongful death case against a guilty person or company to ease your financial burden, you can contact Shield Litigation, LLP by calling (714) 728-3385. We represent client’s families in wrongful death cases in Orange County and throughout Southern California.