A previous post on this blog discussed how the right to sue for wrongful death falls upon a deceased person's closes relatives. After all, they are the ones who are most likely to suffer both emotionally and financially when someone dies in connection with a preventable accident caused by another person's negligence.
A fatal accident at a Delaware intersection left a 62-year-old woman dead at the scene of the crash. The accident involved a commercial dump truck.
Although many people are impacted emotionally, and maybe even financially, after a Wilmington, Delaware resident dies unexpectedly, not everyone can file a wrongful death suit after a fatal accident, even if the accident was caused by someone else's carelessness.
To succeed in the legal arena, whether criminal or civil, an individual needs to have a firm grasp on many aspects of the field. Of course, a criminal defendant needs to understand the law they are accused of breaking, as well as any potential penalties they may face. But that's not all. The legal field is shaped not only by statutory law, but also by case law, the rules of trial procedure, and the rules of evidence. These rules can be used to one's advantage, but those who are unfamiliar with them and fail to utilize them can be taken advantage of by knowledgeable prosecutors.
Suddenly losing a loved one can flip a family's life upside-down. They may lose the emotional love and support they need, and their finances may be thrown into disarray. Although it may be difficult to think about in the aftermath of a loved one's passing, surviving family members may want to consider their legal rights, particularly if the death was caused by the negligence of another. After all, a successful wrongful death lawsuit may provide the sense of closure and financial stability that a family needs during such a difficult time.
Sometimes it seems like medical technologies and practices are advancing at a rapid pace. New medications can increase disease sufferers' longevity and reduce symptoms, and some operations can leave a patient totally healed of their affliction. However, as is often the case, even the best medical treatments depend a lot on an accurate and timely diagnosis. A failure to diagnose, or a misdiagnosis, can lead to a worsened medical condition, forcing a patient to incur additional pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. In the worst cases, victims of these incidences die. Perhaps, with no other illness is this more the case than with cancer.
Car accidents happen all the time. In most instances, these wrecks are relatively minor, resulting in some property damage and some bumps and bruises. Other times, though, a car crash can leave victims with serious injuries, including brain injuries. Some of these victims are left permanently disabled. Others are killed as a result. This is especially true in pedestrian accidents. These individuals lack the safety features afforded those in vehicles, and they are often taken by surprise.
If you've lost a loved one in a car accident or an instance of medical malpractice, then you know the heartache that can come as a result. The emotional damage caused by these accidents is a lot to deal with, but the truth of the matter is that you must also find a way to deal with the financial realities of your loved one's passing. Funeral costs and medical expenses can eat into your savings, if not wipe them out, and your loved one's lost wages can leave you with an uncertain financial future. Under these circumstances, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Yet, depending on your specific case, you may be able to take legal action to help recoup your damages.
The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one can leave a family reeling. Not only will they no longer be able to hear their loved one's laugh, celebrate holidays and life milestones and lean on them when they are in need of emotional support, but these families can also be left with extensive financial losses. Their lost loved one may have contributed a significant amount of income to the family, and the deceased individual's medical expenses and funeral costs can be heavy burdens for these surviving families to carry.
A person may suffer an injury while on someone else's property in countless situations. For instance, a shopper could slip and fall in a grocery store, especially if a spill was neglected and left on the floor. Likewise, numerous Delaware residents have fallen on icy sidewalks, especially this time of year. In any case, the liability of a property owner may come into question if the victim experiences a damaging injury as the result of someone else's negligence.