Archive for the ‘Wrongful Death’ Category

Growing police misconduct results in wrongful death suits

Across our country, it seems a month doesn’t go by without another news headline reporting on the wrongful death of a citizen at the hands of our nation’s police officers. High profile wrongful death cases in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, and New York City highlight some of the many incidents plaguing our streets. Just last year, the family of Eric Garner, was awarded $5.9 million to resolve the much-publicized wrongful death claim over Garner’s killing by police in Staten Island, New York. In Los Angeles, a jury awarded $8 million to the family of Darren Burley, who died after being put in a deadly chokehold by police in Compton. And in Colorado, a federal jury awarded a record $4.65 million to the family of Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher who died during a struggle with police while held in a Denver jail.
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Why nursing home errors result in wrongful death

In the United States, more than 1.4 million adults older than 65 live in a nursing home, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This number is predicted to rise to about 3 million by 2030 as an aging population lives longer. With the rise in an aging population, abuse against seniors, which may lead to wrongful death, is also on the rise. In fact, a recent study revealed that more than half of the claims against nursing homes nationwide involved deaths. In the case of nursing home wrongful death suits, these are lawsuits that are filed when a person died due to the actions or negligence of a nursing home and its staff. Wrongful death lawsuits are like personal injury suits, except the person who was injured is unable to sue because they died. In these situations, courts allow certain family members the opportunity to sue in place of the injured party.
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Understanding Wrongful Death Suits in Denver

When a loved one has been wronged, filing a suit against the negligent party can seem confusing. In the course of pre-litigation, it might become evident that a wrongful death suit may be brought against another individual or business. Wrongful death may be brought against a negligent party if the other party caused the untimely death of an individual. There are several areas of law that deal with wrongful death. Contacting a Denver lawyer can help assist with questions related to individual circumstances.

Although elder abuse carries steep penalties, it still occurs. Legislation was enacted to protect the elderly along with those with disabilities because they are considered particularly disadvantaged groups. In some instances, elder abuse ends with the untimely death of an elder. In such instances, a lawsuit can be brought against the negligent party who caused the death, which may be a hospital, doctor or rehabilitation facility. This can occur from an unsafe transfer of a patient or by failing to do assessments, which would have identified sores that led to septicemia. Elder abuse isn’t always evidenced by physical abuse. It can occur through neglect. A wrongful death suit may be brought from any harm that was done to an elder, which caused their untimely death.

Wrongful death can occur from a fatal drunk driving accident as well. For instance, a drunk driver could hit a pedestrian on the side of the road causing their death. Drunk drivers don’t usually target people to cause harm; however, because a person consciously chose to drink and drive while under the influence, they are being negligent according to the law. In addition, wrongful death suits for car accidents can be brought against any negligent party whether or not they were drunk. Talking to a Denver lawyer can answer questions relating to wrongful death. The amount to be compensated will be determined in court according to the individual circumstances of the case.

When people lose a loved one, the grief can be unbearable. The bereaved may incur hospital bills and other expenses on top of their suffering. Bringing a wrongful death suit can help to address the negligent party, prevent them from harming others and help to recover monetary damages. It can be difficult enough dealing with the passing of a loved one, but adding large bills can add to the difficulties a person may face during this time. Contact a Denver lawyer today to discuss your needs and concerns.

Frequently Asked Question About Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

The following is a guest post by Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Dolan Law Offices:

There are few, if any, events in life as traumatic and difficult as the death of a loved one. Yet, the sudden death of a family member is only made worse when it is caused by the reckless, negligent behavior of someone else. In what follows, we’ll take a look at and address several frequently asked questions about filing wrongful death claims.

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