“Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt” ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld Bill Munich was on his property when neighbor Marvin Ballsmider started firing gunshots at him. Bill called 911 and listened to the dispatcher, who had told him that help was on its way. Unbeknownst to Bill, the call was not coded as… Read More
Coping with the loss of a loved one is an experience is sometimes an impossible task. When your family member's death resulted from another party's negligence or wrongdoing, the grief only intensifies. In many instances, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Nothing can make up for the void of a human life lost. But financial compensation allows the family to bring closure if the amount approximates what the family believes it is entitled to.
How Wrongful Deaths Occur
Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another party. Those who were dependent on, or a beneficiary of, may be entitled to monetary damages. While states across America have passed wrongful death statutes in order to compel manufacturing companies, hospitals, and doctors to act carefully in their professional responsibilities, wrongful deaths do occur in situations such as:
- Automobile Accidents and Bicycle Accidents — Automobile companies may be held responsible for defective products in their automobile, while trucking companies may be held accountable for truck accidents if their employee breaks trucking regulations.
- Product Liability — A wrongful death may result because of a manufacturer's or dealer's negligence. Our attorneys have successfully tried cases against multinational companies, including Toyota, Hyundai, GM, etc.
- Highway Safety and Government Liability — The way a road is maintained or designed is often the responsibility of a government entity. Our Highway Safety attorneys are some of the most respected in the country. Few lawyers have the track record and experience of fighting a city or state as ours do.
- Workplace Injury — A common cause of work-related deaths include accidents at a work site or a construction site. Every year contractors, roofers and construction workers fall victim to workplace accidents that lead to their death. The life of a worker may get tragically cut short because of a forklift accident, unexpected explosion of faulty equipment, falling objects, unsafe scaffolding and other equipment, etc. Other common occupations that have a high rate of work-related deaths include miners, fishermen, loggers, metal workers, electrical power installers, and truck drivers. Farming equipment also claims many lives every year in the United States.
David Santos lost his young son, when a drunk driver hit him on a well lit road. Terrance Oleson and James Nichols started celebrating another friend’s 25th birthday by drinking about a dozen screwdrivers and smoking pot at Nichols’ house. After getting served a series of beers and shots at the defendant bar, the drunk duo went on a small trek that resulted in hitting young Shane. Shane was on a bike, headed to the 7-11 with his friends (who survived but were seriously injured). He died at the scene.