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The unexpected loss of a loved one is never easy. But, when the death is brought about by someone else’s negligence or reckless conduct, the loss feels that much more unfair.

If your loved one has passed away and you believe that another person or entity caused their death, you may have a valid wrongful death clam. Your Winston-Salem a wrongful death lawyer can analyze the circumstances of your loved one’s death and determine which party was at fault. Call today to schedule a consultation with an injury lawyer in Winston-Salem to discuss your case.

Why Could an Attorney Help?

While nothing can make up for the loss of your loved one, our Winston-Salem wrongful death attorneys can be by your side during this difficult time and can help you pursue monetary damages to pay the deceased’s end-of-life medical bills and funeral expenses, as well as compensate your family for the loss of such an important relationship.

Above all, our wrongful death attorneys in Winston-Salem will seek to hold the responsible party accountable for its conduct that led to your loved one’s death.

What is a Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Claim?

One of the most common types of wrongful death cases is a medical malpractice claim. Physicians, healthcare workers, a practice group or hospital could potentially bear responsibility for causing a patient to die.

A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis could have prevented a patient from obtaining the treatment necessary for his or her condition, or put the proper diagnosis off until it was too late. Surgeons sometimes make errors during procedures, operating on the wrong body part, or leaving surgical instruments or sponges behind. Physicians may order unnecessary surgeries or procedures that could result in the patient’s death.

Some medical professionals simply make mistakes that fall below the appropriate standard of care and that a reasonable doctor would have avoided.

Are Dangerous Drugs and Other Defective Products Causes for Wrongful Death Claims?

Dangerous and defective products are another common cause of wrongful death. When drug and device manufacturers put their products in the marketplace, they have a responsibility to conduct adequate safety and efficacy testing, include appropriate instructions and warnings on their product, and to recall any products that they learn are dangerous or defective.

Medical implants – such as knee and hip replacement parts – can allow small metal fragments to break off and enter the bloodstream, causing blood poisoning. Implants in and around the female reproductive organs can perforate the uterus, causing infection and internal bleeding.

Certain pharmaceutical drugs carry a high risk for blood clots, stroke, and even suicide. These are just a few examples of the medical and pharmaceutical products that may lead to a wrongful death action.

Other Common Wrongful Death Actions

Wrongful death claims do not always relate to negligence in a healthcare setting. Rather, they can stem from almost any situation in which a person could die. Some examples of claims our experienced wrongful death lawyers in Winston-Salem handle include but are not limited to:

  • Motor vehicle accidents fatalities
  • Dangerous property premises
  • Sip and fall accidents
  • Construction site injuries
  • Falling objects
  • Homicide