When a person dies as a result of a wrongful act, either by another person or an entity, it is considered to be a wrongful death. These wrongful acts can be categorized as medical malpractice, unsafe driving leading to a car accident, and homicide.
We understand that no amount of money will ever eliminate the pain of that loss. However, receiving compensation can ease the burden of unpaid medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of earnings from the victim, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
Our team of compassionate personal injury lawyers at Martin G. Schulz & Associates has many years of experience dealing with wrongful death cases and understands the causes and effects of these tragedies.
Primary Causes and Events
- Vehicular Accidents – This includes any transportation related accidents including accidents involving intoxicated drivers.
- Medical Malpractice – While the vast majority of health care professionals perform their duties with precision and care, there are times when mistakes are made or negligence occurs, which may lead to the wrongful death of a person in their care.
- Accidents at Work – These often include construction or oil rig accidents. In many instances, the cause of the accident merits the filing of a workers compensation claim, however, in other cases a victim may want to consult an attorney for legal guidance.
- Faulty Product or Equipment – Products such as electrical devices and heavy machinery may lead to the death of a person if there is a defect in the manufacturing or the overall design. Additionally, product defects can also make a product liability claim necessary.
Who Can File a Claim?
In general, immediate family members of the victim are able to file a claim of wrongful death. In most instances a person must bring forth their lawsuit within two years after the death of the victim, but there are often exceptions. It is essential that you consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to see what options are available to you. Compensation amounts vary and depend on a number of factors, such as what the life expectancy of the victim was at the time of death, the overall health of the deceased, the number of dependents of the deceased, how much the victim was earning at the time of death, and his or her contribution to the family unit.
The death of a loved one is never easy, and the road to recovery can be long and painful. During this difficult time, an experienced personal injury lawyer at Martin G. Schulz & Associates will treat you with compassion and respect and strive to ensure that you get the maximum compensation your family deserves. Contact our offices today for a free legal no obligation consultation and to discuss your options.