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When is a Death Considered “Wrongful?”

Unfortunately, not every unexpected death will be considered wrongful in the eyes of the law. In order for a death to be considered legally wrongful, it must have been caused by the intentional or negligent actions of another person or entity. This means that if someone dies as a result of an accident or natural causes, their death will not be considered wrongful, no matter how unfair or sudden it may seem.

However, if someone dies because another person intentionally harmed them or due to another person’s negligence (such as failing to properly maintain a piece of machinery), then their death may be considered wrongful.

Wrongful death cases are a type of personal injury case that arises when someone is killed as the result of another person or party’s negligence. In this blog post, we will explore what makes a death “wrongful” in the eyes of the law and provide some insight into how wrongful death cases work.

If you have lost a loved one and you believe their death was due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney from Christie Farrell Lee & Bell right away to discuss the details of your case.

What Makes a Death "Wrongful"

Wrongful death cases are governed by state law, which means that the specific details of these cases can vary from state to state. In general, however, a death is considered “wrongful” when it is caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness.

This could include deaths caused by car accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, or even workplace accidents. If the person or party responsible for the death could have reasonably prevented it from happening but failed to do so, they may be held liable in a wrongful death case.

Examples of Wrongful Death Cases

There are many different types of wrongful death cases, but some of the more common examples include the following:

  • A driver who causes a car accident that kills another person.
  • A doctor who makes a medical error that leads to a patient’s death.
  • A company that sells a defective product that kills someone.
  • An employer who fails to provide a safe workplace, leading to an employee’s death.

A Skilled Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help Bring Justice for You and Your Family

If you have lost a loved one and believe their death was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. The first step is to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney in your state. They will be able to review the details of your case and advise you on whether or not you have a valid claim. If you do have a claim, they can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Losing a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when their death could have been prevented. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and options under the law.

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If you think you have a wrongful death case, don't hesitate to reach out to our skilled team right away with any questions you may have about your case or the legal process in general. We have helped many others in similar situations, and we will do everything in our power to help secure justice for you and your family, too.

Contact Christie Farrell Lee & Bell today with the details of your case by calling (317) 245-3709 or filling out our online contact form to learn more about how we can help.