I Lost My Loved One, Can I Sue?: 5 Examples of Wrongful Death Cases
With medical errors now ranked as one of the leading causes of death in the US, there’s recourse in the medical world for wrongful deaths. However, there are a lot more examples of wrongful death cases that need to be accounted for when you lose a loved one. Your loved one may not be here to see justice, but you could seek it on their behalf to ensure that no one else has to pay bills to bury anyone they love.
Here are five examples of potential cases for a suit.
1. Lost During A Terrorist Attack
If you lose a loved one during a terrorist attack, you might think that it’s as random as an act of god, but depending on the context, you might have recourse. If your loved one works as an independent contractor and didn’t know the danger, that’s someone else’s fault. If they were misled about the dangers and other employees were warned, you need to talk about filing a suit.
While some attacks are random, others around the world come via conflict that a group is engaged in. If your loved one was an engineer working to create an oil pipeline across an area deep in conflict, they need to know the conditions. If they’re not warned that they’re stepping into dangerous territory or they’re left without protection, then you could seek compensation.
Some insurance policies now cover company employees in case there’s an attack. Other companies won’t agree to cover people in this case. You need to find out what the company’s insurance policy was.
This gets tricky when someone is a hired contractor, but if they’re in the vicinity of the attack, they’re due compensation. We live in a dangerous world, but that doesn’t mean that we should be at risk at our jobs.
2. Fatal Accident Caused By Commercial Driver
A road is a treacherous place, with people driving for hours while exhausted, driving while distracted, or driving dangerous vehicles.
If you spend a lot of time on the country’s many winding highways, you know how just a little bit of rain and bad timing can make you stressed out. With all of the large commercial trucks out on the highways, it’s an open secret that most drivers go for too many hours in one go. They’ll drive for 16 hours straight, using coffee, ephedrine, or even illegal substances to stay moving.
While this is the exception, not the rule, truck accidents from drivers who are overtired is a real danger to look out for. If your loved one was in a fatal accident because of a commercial driver, you should submit them to a toxicology test. This is customary from most insurance companies but could be overlooked within all the chaos.
While companies will blame road conditions, wildlife, or just about anything else other than driver negligence, you need to do your research. Looking into what caused the accident can help you to find out whether or not you’re owed compensation. A negligent and reckless driver should be held accountable.
3. Construction Accident
If your loved one is in the construction industry, an accident could end up turning into a fatal situation. When passing by a construction site, the people working on the site could end up leaving the site in a condition that creates an accident. People working on the site could end up being hurt by someone else’s negligence.
Unless your loved one is trespassing on a site, if they were standing in a safe zone, passing by, or a registered visitor, an accident isn’t their fault. When walking on a site, it’s customary to wear safety gear and a hard hat. However, those safety items can’t protect for all of the conditions that make a construction site dangerous.
A construction accident that takes the life of your loved one is tragic no matter what. If it comes due to someone else’s negligence, then it’s infuriating. Someone should be held responsible for the accident.
You’ll have a strong case if there’s clear negligence at play either from people working on the site or from the company running it.
4. Death in a Commerical Building
If your loved one dies in a shop, at a warehouse, or any kind of place where business is conducted, there’s recourse for you. If they were struck by a falling fixture, hurt by another type of building element, or attacked by an employee, then you should have a strong case.
In most commercial buildings, there is insurance to cover the people who are working there. There’s also coverage to ensure that visitors get what they’re owed when they suffer due to the people on site. Liability insurance is meant to ensure that you get what you’re owed in the case of wrongful death.
Any kind of negligence or faulty elements in a building that harm someone else makes you due for a lawsuit. See what Sweet Lawyers can offer if you want to know whether you have a case.
5. Poisoned By Food Products
If you’re one of the many people who has contracted something due to commercial food products, you have a case. If this gets to the point where your loved one is fatally poisoned by one of these products, there’s a likelihood you could sue.
Food products must be adequately tested and monitored to ensure that they don’t contract fatal or dangerous bacteria. This is especially true with natural perishable food products like greens, cheeses, and animal products. They can quickly contract problems that spread across a whole site.
Someone killed by inadequate testing would be due money from the company who failed to test the products.
Examples of Wrongful Death Cases
When you look at all the potential examples of wrongful death cases, you’ll notice that the main throughline is negligence. When someone has the life of someone else in their hands and fumbles, they should be held accountable.
If you or your loved one is still here to fight for an injury case, check out our guide for more info.