Losing a family member is one of the most difficult experiences in life. Believing that the death was caused by another individual can make it even more difficult. When a death is caused by another person, or even a company, due to negligence or willful disregard, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death case and seek monetary damages. Wrongful death cases can involve many different types of scenarios and accidents. Below are some common types of wrongful death cases in Massachusetts.
Medical malpractice is, unfortunately, all too common. Mistakes can be made by anyone who provides medical treatment, including surgeons, doctors, and nurses. They can be the result of incompetence, laziness, fatigue, or any number of other circumstances. Even the most experienced and skilled professionals can make a mistake. Medical malpractice lawsuits can involve specific procedures, after care, or even misdiagnoses.
Auto & Pedestrian Accidents
Another of the most common types of wrongful death cases in Massachusetts involve auto and/or pedestrian accidents. Accidents can involve two vehicles, vehicles and objects, or vehicles and pedestrians. When one or more individuals involved in the accident was somehow impaired or negligent in his/her actions, then it may be grounds for a wrongful death case. Some examples are:
- A driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Excessive speeding or even racing.
- Vehicles known to be unsafe but continued to be operated.
- A company or individual failing to secure a load.
- A driver breaking driving laws, such as running a read light or bypassing a stop sign.
Workplace injuries occur are not automatically cause for wrongful death. Some professions are more dangerous than others and unpredictable accidents can occur anywhere. Wrongful death comes into play when an employer fails to protect their employees by either neglect or failure to apply safety measures. Employers who knowingly put their employees at risk should be held responsible for any personal injuries or deaths that result.
Defective Consumer Products
When we purchase products in stores, we assume they have been tested and are safe for use. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When products cause bodily injury or death, consumers have a right to seek damages. When evidence of a company’s knowledge of risk to consumers is found, this can further support a case and even result in punitive damages to companies.
Other Types of Wrongful Death Cases in Massachusetts
The above are just a few common types of wrongful death cases in Massachusetts. There are certainly many other, less common, scenarios that can be considered wrongful death. If you love a family member and believe another person or company was negligent in causing that death, schedule a consultation with our team. We will review the initial facts of your case and can provide guidance on whether to seek damages.