A wrongful death occurs when the act, omission or misconduct of an individual or company results in the death of a human being. Wrongful death could be caused by motor vehicle or motorcycle accidents, plane crashes, recreational activities (skiing, rafting, etc.), faulty products, dangerous drugs, faulty machinery or equipment, work-related accidents, construction accidents, medical negligence and malpractice, property owner’s negligence, and criminal attacks such as gunshot wounds or stabbings.
Wrongful death cases are different from the typical personal injury case, where the injured person may recover damages from the responsible party. But if a person dies following an injury that was caused by someone else, the people who suffer are the surviving family members. While you can never be truly compensated for the loss of a loved one, the law allows the family to recover monetary damages for the wrongful death of an individual, providing at least some financial security for the future.
The attorneys at Bloch & Chapleau realize the wrongful death of a family member from an unanticipated cause is traumatic and devastating. Families are usually overwhelmed with grief and personal matters. Seeking compensation may be the last thing on your mind. However, if your loved one’s death could have been prevented, it may be advisable to talk with an attorney at Bloch & Chapleau as soon as possible to preserve your rights. The sooner the death is investigated, the better the chances are for success in any claim you might want to pursue.