Losing a loved one unexpectedly is extremely painful. This pain is aggravated even further when the death was the result of someone else’s negligent or harmful behavior. While the death may have been an accident, your family still has the right to hold the guilty party accountable for his or her actions. In legal terms, this type of case is known as wrongful death. In a wrongful death case, family members of the deceased may be eligible to obtain compensation to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and emotional suffering.
A wrongful death can happen in a variety of ways, but three of the most common are:
- Medical Malpractice: Each year thousands of people die in the U.S. from medical errors. Medical errors can include errors made during labor and delivery, surgical errors, wrong diagnosis, medication dosage errors or incorrect medications, and negligent care. Medical malpractice claims are a common type of wrongful death.
- Auto Accidents: This type of accident occurs on a daily basis in Colorado and New Mexico, and can involve cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and pedestrians. When a loved one is killed in an auto accident that results from distracted driving, drunk driving, fatigue, or a failure to follow traffic laws, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
- Construction Accidents: Working in the construction industry is one of the deadliest occupations a person can have. Accidents often result from workers being injured from falls, heavy-duty equipment, and electricity. Poorly trained employees often experience these types of accidents.
Have you recently lost a loved one to the wrongdoing of another person? Contact the experienced attorneys at Wainwright Injury Law to represent you in your Denver or Albuquerque wrongful death case.