4 Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Losing a loved one is always painful, but that situation becomes much more difficult when it was caused by the negligence of another individual. While there is nothing that can fully compensate for the loss of someone special, it is important to seek justice on their behalf. Our team of lawyers will help you understand your feelings and help you determine whether you have a case for wrongful death. In order to get a better understanding of what this term means, let’s take a look at 4 of the common types of wrongful death cases:
1. Auto Accidents
If you have lost a loved one in an automobile accident, there is a chance you could file a wrongful death lawsuit. There are a number of factors that go into this situation, including whether or not the other driver was distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Anytime there is an automobile accident that results in a death, the police department will do a further investigation as to what caused the collision. It is important to document the scene and obtain all reports from the police department after any automobile accident.
2. Nursing Home Abuse
While nursing homes are in place to take care of those who need it, the amount of abuse and neglect in these homes are unfortunately rising. No matter the type of abuse or neglect, it is important to take action against the responsible party, but especially if the neglect leads to the death of a loved one. Some of the things to look for in these cases include dehydration, bruises, weight loss, and overmedication. The mishandling of prescription medication is one of the most common times that nursing home abuse can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
3. Medical Malpractice
Another one of the most common types of wrongful death cases has to do with medical malpractice. While the majority of healthcare workers are hardworking and dedicated to caring for their patients, there have been instances when fatal mistakes have taken place. In fact, research shows that between 98,000 and 251,000 deaths that occur in the United States each year result from preventable medical errors. If someone you know has died in the care of a medical worker and you want to know exactly what occurred, contact our team of professional lawyers today.
4. Animal Attacks
Every year, thousands of people suffer animal attacks, most of which are by dogs. While all types of injuries can occur from these disasters, it is possible to suffer death as the result of these injuries. Under Tennessee law, property owners are potentially liable for injuries that are caused by their pets. Even if the bite occurs outside the owner’s premises, owners can still be held responsible for their dog’s actions, especially if it leads to the death of a person.
Losing a loved one comes with all types of emotions that can be overwhelming. Contact our attorneys today to let us help you seek justice for your family. Remember, the faster we can start investigating your case and work on preserving evidence, the more effective your suit will be.