A wrongful death is a death caused by another party’s actions or negligence, and it can occur in a variety of ways. Car accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, workplace accidents, explosions and unsafe products can all bring about a wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced Atlantic City injury lawyer can professionally analyze a claim at no cost to you.
Wrongful Death Causes and Lawsuits
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among ages five to 34 in the United States. In 2009, emergency departments treated over 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers. The lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries are approximately $70 billion.
Each year, medical malpractice causes over 90,000 deaths in the United States. Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, surgical errors and substandard care all contribute to the medical deaths. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one in five medical errors is serious or fatal.
The CDC reports that in one year, unsafe premises caused over 19,000 deaths. Poorly lit walkways, unguarded stairways, lack of safety signs and slippery sidewalks all contributed to the fatal slip-and-fall accidents.
When an individual or business causes a fatal injury to someone you love, the personal representative of the deceased can sue those responsible for financial damages. The plaintiff has the burden of proving that the defendant’s negligence or unlawful conduct caused the decedent’s death. As always, consult an Atlantic City injury attorney, but damages in a wrongful death case generally include:
- Medical, hospital, funeral and burial expenses
- Compensation for the deceased’s pain and suffering before death
- Losses suffered by the next of kin including: loss of financial support, loss of service, loss of companionship and loss of parental guidance
Wrongful deaths are unexpected and tragic events. No amount of money can replace someone’s life, but damages can minimize the financial stress on the deceased’s family. Contact an Atlantic City injury lawyer for a free evaluation of any potential wrongful death claim.