Whenever someone close to us dies we naturally feel sad and upset. When that person is lost to us because of some person's or group's negligence, misconduct, or carelessness, our distress is even greater. Knowing that the death wasn't necessary, that someone's actions or inactions caused it, produces what is called a wrongful death.
The next of kin or surviving family may file a wrongful death lawsuit if they believe the death resulted from negligence, misconduct, or carelessness. Cases like this are tragically common and can arise from a variety of causes. Some of these include unnecessary exposure to harmful substances such as asbestos, reactions to Vioxx® and other medications, malpractice or other negligence on the part of medical professionals, automobile accidents that are caused by careless or reckless driving, including drunk drivers, and deaths that are caused by defective products that the manufacturer knew about or should have been aware of.
What is Meant By “Wrongful Death?”
A variety of cases and deaths can be considered as a wrongful death. In essence, a wrongful death is one that is unnecessary and that only occurred because of someone's negligence, misconduct, carelessness, or by their actions. A wrongful death can come about instantly, such as during a motor vehicle accident, or slowly, like after exposure to asbestos.
What Are Some Examples of Wrongful Death?
Recently, there have been an increasing number of deaths from mesothelioma, a result of asbestos exposure. This exposure can result from manufacturers who can be shown to be negligent or from companies that fail to notify their workers about the presence of asbestos and do not provide adequate protection against it.
And it isn't just asbestos. People needlessly die after being exposed to Benzene. Exposure to the fumes that come from welding rods can also be a killer, and carelessness or negligence on the part of companies who make these products or groups who use them can also result in a wrongful death.
Drug companies, too, can be liable for those who were killed by using their products, even if the product was used as directed. Merck, the manufacturer of Vioxx®, has been found responsible for deaths that came about because of side-effects of that drug, and other similar drugs have also been found to cause fatalities.
What Can I Do If I Believe a Loved One Has Suffered a Wrongful Death?
Those who remain after a family member has died from a wrongful death naturally feel frustrated and entitled to compensation. The loss of a loved one is always a very stressful time, and if that death was unnecessary and caused by others or another person, the feelings are even more pronounced. The death can create not only sadness and dismay, but serious financial consequences if the person who dies was the one whose income sustained the family.
Whether the death resulted from exposure, a car accident, side effects from medicines, malpractice, or any one of a number of equally tragic conditions, the remaining members of the family may be entitled to receive compensation for their needless and drastic loss.
If you believe the death of a family member was the result of a wrongful death, you should contact AziziPersonalInjury.com for an experienced personal injury lawyer who can provide action equal to his caring. Expert, qualified legal representation and assistance can help you receive just compensation for your loss, and your taking that action helps overcome your sense of helplessness. An initial consultation where we can discuss your case, which we provide at no cost or obligation, will let you know if you have grounds for legal redress and compensation and how we can best provide assistance.
Our experience with similar cases gives us an advantage over some other personal injury lawyers. We know how to build and present a solid case that will give you the highest possible settlement, one that includes acknowledgment of your grief, pain and suffering, and financial consequences.
We can make sure that your loss is not any greater than it needs to be and that your unnecessary and deep pain, anguish, and loss is acknowledged and fully addressed. Nothing can replace the lost person or undo the needless death, but we can make sure your suffering stops there.