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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Sep 26, 2016

Death is an unfortunate, unavoidable, yet natural part of our human experience. However, when it comes about as a result of another person’s negligence or even intentional harm, then there are things that we can do in order to hold the responsible parties accountable.

As a term, wrongful death is pretty straightforward, but what exactly does it entail? Well aside from the immediate definition of “an individual dying as a result of another party’s negligence or intent to do harm,” there are quite a few elements that define a wrongful death lawsuit.

Aspects of a Wrongful Death Claim

cemetaryTo know whether or not a particular fatal accident is cause for a wrongful death lawsuit or not, here are a few guidelines:

  • Was the deceased a human? Unfortunately, pets/animals are not covered by this law
  • Was the accident a result of another person’s/party’s negligence, or an intent to harm?
  • Are surviving family members suffering financial hardship due to the loss?

If you can answer yes to any of those questions, it is worth talking to an attorney to find out just what legal actions are available.

Circumstances that can Cause Wrongful Death

There are quite a few situations where such negligent accidents can take place, such as:

  • Medical malpractice – A loved one passing away due to a doctor/hospital/nurse providing incorrect or insufficient care.
  • Car, motorcycle, truck, or airplane crash – A loved one suffering a fatal injury due to the fault of another person/entity.
  • Workplace accidents – Improper safety regulations/training resulting in a worker’s death. OSHA estimates 6,000 yearly U.S. deaths.
  • Workplace hazards – A loved one being exposed to dangerous and hazardous conditions. OSHA estimated 50,000 annual deaths.
  • Criminal activity – A loved one being the victim of a crime wherein they are fatally wounded.

Realistically, any time you suspect any sort of foul play or intent to harm in the death of a loved one, it is imperative that you get in touch with a wrongful death attorney as soon as you can. Not only could you be allowed to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions, but it could give you and your loved ones the financial stability you will need while you heal and recover from your loss.