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No one ever anticipates needing to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful deaths are almost always shocking and unexpected. With that said, if a person’s loved one passes away due to the negligence of another person or entity, they should contact a Durham wrongful death lawyer to file a wrongful death action and hold the negligent party accountable and send a message about the need to prevent such mistakes or wrongdoing in the future. To get started on your claim or discuss what steps to take before filing an action, call and schedule a consultation with an injury attorney in Durham today.

How Wrongful Death Occurs

Medical malpractice is one of the most common reasons leading to a wrongful death charge. Even when a loved one was seriously ill and had a poor prognosis, the wrong treatment or diagnosis can actually hasten the victim’s death.

If you believe your loved one’s doctor contributed to his or her untimely death, one of our wrongful death attorneys in Durham will investigate the details of the case to determine whether any medical wrongdoing occurred.  If your loved one’s physician’s actions fell below the accepted standard of care, your family may be eligible to receive compensation.

Nothing can bring your loved one back or make up for your loss in any way. However, pursuing the compensation you need can ease the burden of the end-of-life costs that come when you are unprepared to make expensive funeral and burial arrangements, in addition to also paying medical bills and hospice care, for instance.

Car Accidents and Wrongful Death

When a driver causes another person’s death through their own negligent or reckless driving, a wrongful death action is appropriate. Drunk-driving, speeding, road rage, and reckless or aggressive driving that ultimately causes a fatal accident are sometimes branded “vehicular manslaughter.”

When a commercial vehicle, such as a big-rig or tractor-trailer, is involved in a fatal accident, the wrongful death case investigators on your legal team will look into whether the parent company bears any responsibility for hiring a dangerous driver, or encouraging dangerous practices such as speeding, drowsy driving, or taking drugs to stay awake on the road.

Common Types of Wrongful Death Actions

Almost any type of death can result in a wrongful death claim, especially if the death was preventable or unexpected. Some of the most common kinds of cases that warrant the services of a Durham wrongful death attorney stem from:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Defective or dangerous drugs and medical devices
  • Drunk-driving
  • Large truck accidents
  • Reckless driving, racing, speeding, or road rage
  • Workplace accidents
  • Homicides, fatal domestic abuse, or assault
  • Suicide and bullying
  • Long-term toxic exposure
  • Dangerous premises

Consult an Experienced Durham Wrongful Death Lawyer

No matter the circumstances that spurred the need for your wrongful death claim, our firm’s wrongful death attorneys will fight to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence.

Seeking accountability and standing up to the person or entity whose negligence resulted in your loved one’s death can provide some measure of comfort and closure as you enter into this new phase of your life without your loved one by your side. Your wrongful death attorney in Durham can guide you through this difficult process.