Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death occurs when another party's negligent actions result in a loss of life. This negligence may take place behind the wheel of a car, in a place of work, or on the part of a medical professional. The consequences are devastating, and survivors deserve just compensation for their losses, both current and projected. There are many causes of wrongful death, and attorney Chris Olsen in San Diego, CA, can determine if negligent actions caused the loss of your loved one.
Negligence on the part of motorists, co-workers, and medical professionals can have devastating consequences.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
In 2014, there were over 30,000 motor vehicle-related deaths. These involved cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial vehicles such as 18 wheelers. Reckless driving includes driving while intoxicated, driving while overly tired, and distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, eating). Reckless driving can lead to the death of passengers, occupants of another vehicle, or pedestrians.
Medical professionals are expected to perform their duties within the standard of care required in their field. Sometimes, however, a medical professional causes an injury leading to death of the patient. The most common allegations of medical malpractice involve misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, surgical errors, and treatment errors.
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets forth standards for workplace safety, incidents do occur, sometimes resulting in death. Manual labor occupations such as mining, logging, construction, and truck driving are relatively dangerous occupations. For a workplace death to be considered wrongful, it must be shown that faulty equipment, inadequate training, or some other factor in control of the employer caused the death.
Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are accountable for the products that they make, distribute, or sell. A wrongful death can result from use of a product with a faulty design or manufacturing defect, and a lawsuit may be filed against these entities. A lawsuit can also be filed based on lack of proper warning labels.
If a criminal act results in the death of another party, the offender can be held accountable in criminal and civil court. They do not have to be convicted in criminal court in order for civil proceedings to take place. The civil court can impose monetary penalties for causing a wrongful death.
Nothing can replace a loved one, but a settlement or jury award can help you and your family take the necessary steps to protect your future.
A property owner has a duty to keep the property free from dangerous conditions, or provide ample warning of dangerous conditions. If a dangerous condition results in death, the property owner may be liable. If it can be proven that the property owner breached this duty, a lawsuit against the property owner may be viable.
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