When a loved one dies due to circumstances that don't seem right, you do have legal recourse through a wrongful death lawsuit. Although there are lots of situations that can lead to a wrongful death claim, the four most common types are medical malpractice, automobile accidents, defective products, and premises liability.
Type #1: Medical Malpractice
Many wrongful death claims are based upon the idea that medical malpractice contributed to the death of your loved one. Perhaps the doctor didn't make the right diagnosis, resulting in your loved one getting the wrong treatment which resulted in your loved one's death. Or perhaps your loved one was prescribed incorrect medication for their condition. Medical malpractice wrongful death cases are based on the idea that the medical professionals treating your loved one made mistakes that others in their profession would not make.
Type #2: Automobile Accident
Another type of wrongful death case is related to automobile accidents. If your loved one was killed in a fatal crash and you have evidence that the accident was caused by the wrong choices of the other driver or drivers involved in the accident, you can pursue a wrongful death suit in addition to any criminal charges that the drivers of the accident may face.
Type #3: Defective Product
Throughout a normal day, one interacts with hundreds of different products. The products that you work with throughout the day are not supposed to cause you harm. If your loved one was killed because a product malfunctioned, you can hold the manufacturer of the product responsible for what happened to your loved one
Type #4: Premises Liability
Finally, if your loved one died because of an unsafe building, you can pursue a premises liability wrongful death case. With this type of case, you will have to show that the building, be it your loved one' s workplace, apartment, or even a store they were shopping in, wasn't kept up to code or taken care of in a proper manner, which resulted in your loved one's death.
If your loved one died in one of the situations described above, you may have a wrongful death case. Even if the circumstances surrounding their death didn't fit the common categories above, you may still have a wrongful death lawsuit you can pursue. Contact an attorney who does work on wrongful death cases in order to find out if you can pursue a case; don't delay because there is a statute of limitations on wrongful death cases.
To learn more about wrongful death law, contact a wrongful death lawyer in your area.