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Cases Involving the Death of a Loved One

man in a suit under a black umbrella with face hiddenWhen a loved one passes away unexpectedly and as the result of some type of accident, you may be wondering if you can file a lawsuit on their behalf. Depending on your relationship to the deceased and the applicable state’s laws, a wrongful death claim can may be able to be pursued by a surviving loved one or family member.  (These issues can be very tricky so it is important that you contact a lawyer to help you understand your rights.)

Generally a case involving wrongful death may be brought by a surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings or other person appointed to represent the estate of the deceased.  Special circumstances may exist for an extended family member or other person to take part in the lawsuit.  Through a wrongful death lawsuit, there may be an award for damages that cover expenses associated with the loss, including medical bills, loss of future earnings and funeral expenses among others.

Wrongful Death Cases

A wrongful death case arises when a person dies as the result of an accident or incident caused by a negligent or unlawful act by another party. Common examples of wrongful death cases include:

  • Crimes (Whether or not the perpetrator was found criminally liable.)
  • Negligent or reckless acts

It is a sad fact that people die as the result of reckless or negligent conduct caused by others. When an accident results in death, the negligent party may be held responsible for compensating the victim’s family and or estate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that unintentional deaths rank number four in the causes of death in the United States. Approximately 130,000 people lose their lives each year as the result of unintentional accidents . These can include:

  • Vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Premise liability accidents
  • Product liability cases
  • Medication errors
  • Accidental poisoning
  • Drowning
  • Boating accidents
  • On-the-job accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Dog attack
  • Criminal activities

If you are the surviving family member of a loved one that passed away due to someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to pursue a wrongful death case. At Auger & Auger, we are compassionate professionals that are experienced in dealing with significant issues related to these types of cases. If a loved one has experienced a wrongful death in Charlotte or elsewhere, reach out to our attorneys. We will review the details of the accident during a free, no-obligation case evaluation and speak to you about your possible options. Call our office today to speak to an attorney.

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