You will recall from earlier posts that a wrongful death claim is one made when an negligent act causes a victim’s death. The claim is usually brought by the deceased person’s closest relatives, such as parents, children, or a spouse. They demand to be compensated for the loss of their loved one.
We have previously discussed survival claims brought by the deceased’s estate to recover compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering, and mental distress endured by the deceased as a result of the accident leading to death.
It is an unfortunate reality that people die due to the negligence of others, and when this occurs wrongful death or survival claims may be brought against the following persons, businesses, government entities, or other organizations:
- The at-fault driver (and sometimes the company for whom the driver works) in automobile and trucking accidents.
- The doctor or other health care worker whose malpractice results in death.
- The bar or restaurant that over-serves alcohol to a patron who later is involved in a DUI crash.
- The manufacturer of a faulty product.
- The business with unsafe floors that lead to a fatal slip, trip, or fall injury.
The above is not meant to be an exhaustive list. A wide range of individuals and other entities may have a claim brought against them in the event their negligence leads to the death of the victim.
Each case is different, but if you have recently lost a member of your family due to the actions of another and wish to discuss this with an attorney, please contact the lawyers at Holland & Usry at 864.582.0416 or toll-free at 888.230.1841. We will be happy to discuss your options in a FREE, confidential consultation.