Dealing with the loss of a family member or loved one is hard enough; realizing that loss was caused by someone else’s negligence makes things even worse. While a wrongful death attorney can’t bring your loved one back, they can help give closure and the compensation you’ll need to protect your family after a loss. Learning more about wrongful death and what you can do about it in the San Bernardo County area can help you understand your options during this difficult time.
What is a Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is when a person is killed because of the misconduct or negligence of a third party. When a family experiences a wrongful death, they may be entitled to compensation for the loss of their loved one. Wrongful death takes many forms, including:
- Car, truck and motorcycle accidents.
- Faulty products: Products that break or don’t perform as expected could cause a fatal accident; the manufacturer would be held responsible for their defective products.
- Medical malpractice: From surgical errors to misdiagnosis or emergency room negligence, medical malpractice can result in catastrophic and fatal errors
- Dangerous conditions: From theme parks to hotels and even construction sites, if a business doesn’t take proper precautions, a fatal accident could be the result.
How are Victims Compensated?
The victim’s family can file a lawsuit; the amount of damages received will vary depending on the salary earned by the deceased, the people who depended on them financially and the loss of companionship. Other factors may come into play as well. While no one can replace your loved one, the financial security that comes from a settlement can bring peace of mind and security to the surviving family members. A wrongful death attorney can help you after a loss and ensure your remaining family is secure.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct, we can help. Contact the San Bernardino County team at Harshbarger Law to talk about your case and discuss your options. We understand how difficult this troubling time is for you and stand ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.