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What Are the Various Circumstances in a Wrongful Death Claim? June 20, 2018

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What Are the Various Circumstances in a Wrongful Death Claim?, Tacoma, Washington

When a loved one loses their life because of another’s negligence, family members must cope with their passing and the financial hardship that sometimes ensues. Although no amount of money can replace the life that was lost, wrongful death laws help alleviate some of the economic burden by making compensation available to the deceased’s family. There is a variety of circumstances under which a wrongful death claim may be filed, including the following.

Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases 

Car Accident

Injuries suffered in a car accident can be severe, and accidents sometimes lead to fatalities. Collisions can occur for many different reasons, but they become a case of wrongful death when another driver was found to be engaging in negligent behavior, such as speeding, reckless driving, drunk driving, or distracted driving. 

Medical Malpractice 

wrongful deathNo one expects to seek medical treatment for an injury or illness only to be severely harmed by their doctor, nurse, or another healthcare professional. However, medical mistakes contribute to many wrongful death cases. Common examples of medical malpractice include surgical errors, prescription errors, misdiagnosis, or birth injuries. 

Workplace Accidents 

Employers have a legal duty to keep their employees safe while on the job, yet workplace accidents can claim lives. Industries focused on manual labor experience the most deaths, but accidents can happen in any work environment. Fatal accidents in the workplace often involve slips and falls, improperly maintained equipment, electrocutions, and falling objects. 

Nursing Home Abuse

Negligence and abuse are issues in nursing home facilities across the nation. Senior citizens are vulnerable to unsanitary and unsafe living conditions, and the staff’s carelessness can result in the passing of nursing home residents. Slips and falls, incorrect medication dosages, physical abuse, and malnutrition are common reasons cited for death in assisted living homes. 


Family members rely on wrongful death settlements to help replace lost income, pay medical bills, and fund funeral expenses. It also allows them to hold the negligent party accountable. Understanding how important it is for survivors to receive justice, the lawyers at Paine, Kilpatrick, Coleman & Mahoney, P.C., are dedicated to aggressively fighting for the rights of their Tacoma, WA, clients. Having more than a century of combined experience, they have established a long-standing track record of success in and out of the courtroom. Their team of skilled wrongful death attorneys can be reached at (253) 472-3323, and their website has additional information.

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