Far too many people die due to the negligence of businesses and careless individuals — and often, the negligent parties responsible for these deaths are not held accountable. While there is no way to eliminate the pain and suffering caused by gross negligence, it is possible to at least cover some of the financial burden associated with the loss of a loved one. Additionally, wrongful death cases can bring about a valuable sense of closure. If you have lost a loved one due to negligence, be sure to get in touch with Rafik Y. Kamell, who will help you secure the full compensation you deserve.
Types of Negligence Leading to Wrongful Death
Negligence can take many forms. Behind the wheel, it may involve drowsiness, aggressive driving, or operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In the health care setting, negligence can occur during surgery, while using anesthesia, during diagnosis, or as drugs are prescribed. Other forms of negligence that may prove fatal include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Faulty vehicles or vehicle parts
- Defective products
- Exposure to asbestos
- Workplace accidents
Types of Wrongful Death Compensation
Following the death of a loved one, spouses can seek multiple forms of compensation. Loss of companionship is a common source of remuneration, with grieving individuals alleging that they will no longer be able to experience the love and affection once provided by the person who lost his or her life due to negligence. Unfortunately, while damages for loss of consortium are available for parents, children, and siblings in some states, California law limits this type of compensation to legally married spouses.
In addition to loss of companionship, many spouses widowed due to negligence seek compensation for loss of wages. In some cases, the outcome is linked to the spouse’s earning capacity and ability to support his or her family alone.
If a loved one has died due to the negligence of a business or individual, it is in your best interest to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. In addition to holding the responsible party or parties accountable, a wrongful death claim can help you secure compensation for any financial suffering you may experience as a result of your loved one’s death. Nothing will replace a lost spouse or family member, but a favorable outcome can at least bring you some comfort.