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There is a definite difference between the terms wrongful death and murder. For one thing, one involves malice while the other is a mistake of some sort. Murder is a malicious crime that involves deliberate actions taken with the intent of ending someone’s life. Wrongful death occurs when someone is neglectful or accidentally does something they should not have, that ends in the other person’s death. In other words, wrongful death isn’t a criminal act, but it does require someone taking responsibility for their actions or lack of action.
Normally, the person they owe that responsibility to is the heir or other representative of the deceased person in question. If you’ve lost a loved one due to wrongful death, you shouldn’t have to be victimized again by the responsible party or the court system. Don’t be a victim twice. Make sure you have experienced lawyers on your side to represent your family’s best interests.
Neglect and Wrongful Death
There are several different forms of neglect. Sometimes it is something as simple as forgetting to properly clean a medical item that was being used and needed to continue to be used. It seems like a simple thing, but it can lead to infections that can be fatal to someone with an already compromised immune system. In terms of medical actions, neglect frequently leads to the development of an infection. However, that isn’t the only medical development that can lead to death, and when neglect is involved, you deserve to receive compensation.
Mistakes and Errors Leading to Death
Because the medical world has become so fast paced you could almost argue that it’s easy to make a mistake. People are human and prone to error. That means that mistakes are sometimes made directly. There are also situations when wrongful death occurs and has nothing at all to do with medical procedures. For example, a loved one may hand an individual the wrong medicine, one that they may have a severe allergy to. In such cases, there is no malice involved, but there is wrongdoing that results in a death.
Responsibility in Wrongful Death
When it comes to wrongful death in a medical capacity, the responsibility usually includes other areas like medical malpractice. In other situations, homeowner’s insurance or some other type of insurance may take the brunt of the responsibility. In any case, an experienced lawyer can help sift through the details to determine who is responsible for the loss and make sure you and your family members receive the compensation you deserve. Money won’t bring your loved one back, but it can help you seek justice and ensure it doesn’t happen to someone else. If you have lost someone due to wrongful death, call us immediately at 1-800-VICTIM2.
Understanding the Basics of Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death occurs when the individual who died did so unnecessarily because of neglect or a direct action. This isn’t the same as dying during a risky surgery because of the factors involved that made the surgery risky. It also doesn’t apply to murder cases because there is no intent to murder. More often than not, the death is caused by some grievous error or oversight. In any case, the term wrongful death indicates that a mistake was made without malice and as a result, someone died. There are certain steps you need to take in this type of case in order to prevent you and your family members from being victimized again. Don’t be a victim twice. Make sure you understand some of the basics of wrongful death cases.
Proving Wrongful Death
Before the representatives or heirs to the estate of the deceased can do anything, wrongful death has to be proven. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the process will be as simple as looking at the death certificate. In some cases, you may not immediately see that the case is one of wrongful death. For example, if your loved one was given the wrong medication and it caused an allergic reaction that lead to a heart attack, the death certificate is going to list the heart attack as the cause of death, not the medication. In any event, proving wrongful death can be difficult and requires the experience of a qualified legal team.
Attaching Responsibility for the Death
When such a death occurs, someone has to take responsibility for it. In fact, this will be the entire basis for the case because if no one did anything wrong, then wrongful death didn’t occur. This can be a difficult process because while most actions are documented when it comes to medical procedures, they aren’t always. For example, in the case of giving the wrong medication, you might ask the following questions:
- Did a nurse put the medication on the tray and give it to someone else to deliver?
- Did the pharmacist put the correct medication in the package to begin with?
- Did someone else’s error lead to sickness that resulted in death?
As you can see, wrongful death isn’t a simple matter and it is rarely as simple as placing the blame on the last person to deal with the individual.
Don’t Be a Victim Twice
Wrongful death cases can be some of the most difficult not only because you’ve lost someone close to you but also because the people involved won’t want to accept blame. Don’t be a victim twice. When it comes to cases like these, it’s important to have legal representation that has experience in this area. We can ensure you and your family get the justice your loved one deserves. If you believe your loved one died because of someone else’s mistake, call us immediately at 1-800-VICTIM2.