A death caused by another person’s negligent actions is known as a wrongful death. Whether it’s an inept physician, a motorist, or another entity, there are a staggering number of wrongful deaths in our country. 90,000 deaths occur every year on average due to medical malpractice, and the CDC reported 45,343 motor fatalities from unintentional accidents in 2005 alone.

Learn what your options are if your loved one has experienced an untimely end due to another party’s actions. We’re a family-owned law firm with proven case results, and we’re here to help you.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death cases come from a variety of sources, including motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice cases, unsafe premises, workplace accidents, and brain injuries. For instance, a construction worker may slip off an unsafe surface at a site and fall to their death. In fact, 19,656 slip-and-fall deaths occurred in 2005 alone.

However, falls aren’t the only way that people can get fatally injured on the job. The U.S. Department of Labor reported 5,840 deaths from workplace fatalities in 2006, including traffic, assault, and incidents of exposure to harmful substances.

Who Has the Right to Sue for a Wrongful Death?

Family members are allowed by law to seek justice and bring forward a lawsuit against the person or party whose improper conduct resulted in the wrongful death of their loved one, which may include a child or spouse.

Distant family members in some rare instances may pursue actions, including brothers, sisters, or grandparents. In most cases, a person financially tied to the deceased individual has the right to pursue legal action. Although they may not be related by blood or marriage, the person qualifies as a direct victim of the wrongful death case.

Who Is Sued in Wrongful Death Cases?

A variety of entities can be sued for wrongful death, including people, companies, government agencies, or employers. For instance, a slip and fall accident at an office can have a variety of people or sources who receive the blame:

  • The person at the office who caused the slip and fall from a slippery spill.
  • The employer who did not put a sign warning of a slippery surface.
  • The party responsible for mandating safe practices at the office.
  • The manufacturer of the slippery liquid.

Each case is different. We can help you figure out who is responsible for the wrongful death of your loved one.

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If your loved one was fatally injured from the negligent actions of a business, person, or manufacturer, contact us for help. We will discuss your case during a free consultation. Get justice for the wrongful death of your family member.

Contact Hinton & Powell online or call 404-365-7077 for more information today.