A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company, or entity. The surviving dependents are entitled to monetary damages.
Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of deaths occur due to wrongful deaths that include, but are not limited to, slip and fall, vehicle accidents, nursing home abuse, defective products and dog bites.
The Traffic Safety Annual Assessment reported approximately 50,000 motor vehicle fatalities in a given year – making it the leading cause of death in unintentional accidents.
A wrongful death claim consists of:
- The victim died because of the negligent actions of another person
- The defendant is liable for the victim’s death
- There is surviving family
- Monetary damages have resulted
Nothing can ever prepare us for the sudden death of a loved one. When death occurs as a result of another person, it is difficult to understand why this happened.
A good example, that’s been in the news a lot, is the death of Michael Jackson. His health deteriorated so badly in the final weeks of his life; he couldn’t perform some of his famous dance moves. The family filed a wrongful death claim against the doctor charged with giving the pop superstar a lethal dose of sedatives. Who knows, maybe he would have still been alive if that doctor didn’t enter his life.
If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death, you may qualify for damages. Contact the San Bernardino wrongful death lawyers of Welebir Tierney & Weck. Our experienced attorneys can help you and your family seek damages and help bring you the resources you need as you deal with the wrongful death of your loved one.