Compensation for a Washington, D.C. Wrongful Death Claim
In Washington, D.C., a wrongful death is defined under D.C. Code § 16-2701 as one that occurs due to the negligence or wrongful act of another person or entity. Such claims are typically pursued by the surviving family members of an individual who has lost his or her life in a manner that could have been avoided had proper care been taken. Depending on the circumstances, a claim may be filed on behalf of the decedent or for the benefit of their survivors.
Accidents That Can Result a Fatality
In addition to the intentional and negligent actions of another person, there are a number of accidents that can result in death. Some examples include:
- Automobile accidents: Motor vehicle collisions can result in serious injury or death, depending on the severity of the crash. Inadequate maintenance and/or driver error can lead to an accident that could have been prevented.
- Workplace accidents: Workers in any industry can be subjected to dangerous working conditions or hazardous materials, leading to serious injury or death. Inadequate safety protocols or a failure to recognize dangerous situations can result in wrongful death.
- Medical malpractice: When medical professionals fail to provide adequate care to their patients, resulting in serious harm or death, it can constitute medical malpractice and wrongful death.
- Defective products: If a manufacturer produces a defective product that leads to injury or death, they may be liable for any damages caused by the defect.
- Dangerous drugs: Pharmaceutical companies must carefully test and research drugs before they are released onto the market. If a drug is not tested properly and it causes injury or death, the company responsible can be held liable for wrongful death.
- Premises liability: The owner of any property must ensure that visitors are safe from hazards that could lead to serious injury or death. If a property owner fails to recognize or address a hazardous situation that results in a fatality, they may be liable for wrongful death.
It is important for those who have lost loved ones due to any of these types of accidents to understand their rights and options when it comes to pursuing compensation for their losses. An experienced attorney can help families determine if a fatality claim is appropriate and can walk them through the legal process.
Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim
Wrongful death claims can arise from many circumstances, and the Washington D.C. statute outlines specific types of damages that may be available to surviving family members in these cases. These include compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost wages, lost benefits, loss of companionship and loss of parental guidance.
Finally, it is important to remember that no amount of money can ever replace the life of your loved one. However, an experienced lawyer in Washington D.C. may be able to help you seek justice and obtain some measure of closure after such an unexpected tragedy.
Roeser Law Firm: Wrongful Death Claims
When you lose a loved one to wrongful death, the Roeser Law Firm can assist you in obtaining the settlement you deserve. Please call (202) 660-4070 to schedule a free consultation. You can ask questions, get an explanation of the process and have your case reviewed. We can also negotiate on your behalf with the at-fault party’s insurance company or represent you in court if needed. If you prefer, you can contact us online.