Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult, particularly if they lost their life due to the careless, negligent, or intentional actions of another person or company. If this happens, surviving family members should be entitled to recover various types of compensation for their losses. However, wrongful death cases can become incredibly complicated, and tackling these lawsuits without the assistance of an attorney could be detrimental. Here, we want to discuss the signs that you may need an attorney by your side.
Homicide can certainly be considered a form of wrongful death. Everybody has a duty of care that extends to not killing other people. If your loved one was murdered, you can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the alleged perpetrator. It is not uncommon for criminal murder cases to also involve civil wrongful death claims. These are two separate actions, but they both revolve around death.
Accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other types of vehicles can also become wrongful death cases. There are a number of parties that could be found negligent in a vehicle accident, particularly if a death was caused by another driver operating while impaired or distracted or while recklessly disregarding traffic laws.
Medical malpractice is a fairly common form of negligence. In fact, researchers from Johns Hopkins University have said that preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, making it a common cause of wrongful death. All health care professionals owe a duty of care to their patients, and when they breach that duty, they could face wrongful death lawsuits.
If your family member was killed in an on-the-job incident, it may be possible to hold the employer responsible for the death. Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others, and not every person who dies on the job is a victim of negligence. However, employers could be held liable for failing to provide safety equipment, failing to properly train employees, and for generally flouting safety rules.
Anytime the careless or negligent actions of somebody else lead to the death of a loved one, you need to consider working with an attorney for a wrongful death claim. The above scenarios are not the only type of wrongful death claims that arise in Arizona, and other cases can be brought against landlords, businesses, schools, store owners, and even government agencies.
If you have lost a loved one and you think you need assistance from a Phoenix wrongful death lawyer, contact the team at Torgenson Law today. We pledge to conduct a complete investigation into your case so we can obtain any compensation you may be entitled to. Even if you are not quite sure whether or not your loved one lost their life due to the negligence of somebody else, you can still contact an attorney for a free consultation of your case. It is crucial that you have closure in the aftermath of the death of a loved one. You can contact us online for a free consultation by calling (602) 726-0747.