A wrongful death is one that has occurred as the result of an avoidable accident or other incident, the blame for which has been determined to fall upon a party other than the deceased victim themselves. Each year, across the United States, there are more than 136,000 such wrongful deaths resulting from situations such as car accidents, slips and falls, workplace-related injuries, and medical malpractice – itself a blanket term covering a variety of incidents, everything from improperly conducted procedures to post-operative infections and other complications. For every homicide victim in the United States each year, there are more than 10 victims of accidental and untimely death due to negligence, oversight, or other irresponsible behavior.
There is no way to protect oneself or one’s loved ones from a wrongful death, and in the event that a loved one is lost to such a situation there will often be extensive medical expenses and other care-related bills that must be covered, as well as funeral expenses. A spouse may be left without the companionship or the income of their partner. Children may be left without the companionship and the income of a parent. Family members will be left with nothing but the memory of the pain and suffering endured by their loved one before they passed, as they struggle to come to terms with their sudden and unexpected loss. They must grieve, while simultaneously preparing to continue their lives without the financial contributions of their lost loved one. This is when you need to hire a law firm with experience in wrongful death cases.
Whatever vehicle you are driving, as well as while crossing busy streets on foot, you should always be careful to obey all traffic laws and rules of the road as they apply to your situation. Be mindful of nearby motorists who may be driving aggressively, under the influence of a controlled substance, or while distracted and unfocused on the road ahead. Where appropriate, wear all necessary safety gear, including reflective and high-visibility wear to ensure that drivers on the road can see you at a distance – even at night, during inclement weather, or in other low-visibility conditions.
Before undergoing any major medical procedure, including but not limited to any surgical procedure, be sure to investigate local malpractice incidents involving the office or medical facility where you will be having the procedure done. Be sure to get a second opinion where you feel strongly that one may be necessary. When it comes to your health, it’s impossible to be too careful.
It isn’t possible to be totally protected from accidental untimely death; the best we can hope for is to follow common-sense safety procedures and always be as prepared as possible for the possibility of an accident. If someone in your family has died as a result of an avoidable accident for which another individual was declared at fault, call the legal team at Dwyer Williams Dretke LLP, today. Our dedicated team has been fighting for the rights of clients in the greater Medford, OR area for decades, and we are proud to be members of the local community. Let us use our experience as wrongful death attorneys to help you. Call our Medford offices today, or stop by for a free consultation, and find out what we can do for you when it comes to receiving the settlement that you are rightly due for your loss.
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