With life expectancy increasing around the world, most people can expect to live a long and healthy life into our seventies, eighties, and beyond. When life ends prematurely and unnecessarily because of another person’s dangerous or negligent act, it is termed a wrongful death. Typical causes of wrongful death are motor vehicle accidents; medical malpractice; slip, trip, and fall accidents; other premises and worksite accidents; and product liability deaths. Family members of deceased victims may be entitled to recover compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death suit. The Alvarez Law Office, in Crown Point, Indiana, with combined experience totaling more than 60 years, has a proven track record of recovering compensation for survivors in wrongful death actions in the Northwestern Indiana and Chicagoland area.
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Common causes of wrongful death in auto collisions include
- Distracted driving
- Cell phone use and text messaging while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
- Driving while fatigued
- Aggressive driving
A driver engaging in careless, reckless, or negligent behavior on the road who causes cause a death in a car accident may be liable to pay monetary compensation to the victim’s survivors.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Wrongful Deaths
A shocking 24,792 people across the nation died from accidental falls in 2010. Many of these falls could have been prevented if the owners of the property had not allowed dangerous conditions to exist.
The law requires that property owners keep their premises in a safe condition when they open the property to the public. Owners who do not adequately maintain their premises and allow hazardous condition on the property that causes someone’s death may be subject to legal claims from the deceased person’s surviving family members to recover financial compensation for their losses.
When we consult a doctor or other health professional, we have the right to expect competent medical care. Doctors and other professionals who are licensed to provide health services have a duty to deliver a reasonable standard of care. When they misdiagnose or fail to diagnose a serious illness, make errors during surgery, prescribe the wrong drug or the wrong dose, or fail to prevent or treat a hospital-acquired infection and a patient dies, surviving family members may have a cause of action for wrongful death. More people die from medical error in the United States than in car accidents.
Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help
Any death is a sad event, but when someone you love dies unexpectedly and unnecessarily a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be overwhelmed by grief and anger. You want to ensure that the person responsible for the death is held accountable, but may not feel emotionally prepared to face the ordeal of making a wrongful death claim. The assistance of an experienced wrongful death attorney can relieve much of that burden. Knowing that you have a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney handling your case, you can turn your energy to helping your family deal with their grief.
Since 1974, the attorneys at the Alvarez Law Office have helped the families of victims of fatal accidents and medical malpractice recover money to compensate for their losses. We know that nothing can bring your loved one back, but we can hold wrongdoers accountable for the harm they have caused.
Call for a free consultation. You pay nothing—ever—unless we win money for your family.