What is Wrongful Death?
Everyone must exercise a duty of care in daily interactions with other people. In tort law, a person is considered negligent if they fail to act as another reasonable person would under same or similar circumstances.
A wrongful death results because an individual or group of individuals failed to live up to this standard; this is known as the reasonable person standard. For example, a driver will be considered negligent if they caused an accident because they did not pay attention and, thus, ran a red light. In this incident, the driver failed his or her duty of care, which may have resulted in injury or death.
A wrongful death can occur in various situations, but the four main categories of accidents that have the highest probability of ending in a wrongful death are:
- Car Accidents – These accidents are most commonly caused by speeding, driving under the influence, reckless driving, equipment malfunction, or driver inexperience.
- Medical Malpractice – There are many forms of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when doctors and caregivers do not meet an appropriate standard of care. For example, a doctor fails to properly diagnose a patient and administers the wrong medication.
- Workplace and Construction Accidents – Workers can potentially face many hazards in the workplace; a few hazards can even lead to death. These hazards include: fires, falling from a scaffolding or roof, being struck by falling objects or equipment with moving parts, being electrocuted, and being exposed to toxic chemicals.
- Product Liability – An improper or unsafe product design can cause a serious accident resulting in death.
If you have experienced the loss of a family member due to another person’s negligence, please contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova, and let our experienced lawyers help you obtain the your entitled compensation. You can reach the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at (602) 265-6700.