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When Grieving Family Members Seek Justice for a Wrongful Death

Posted on September 16th, 2018 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Those who are in agony over the sudden and wrongful loss of their loved one, can rely on an experienced wrongful death lawyer Bangor, ME for legal assistance. We can empathize with just how much emotional turmoil you may be going through. Depending on who may have influenced your loved one’s death, you may be up against an individual or large corporation. Both parties can be immensely difficult to handle if you go about the process alone.

We understand that due to the profound grief, you may have very little energy to devote to a legal proceeding. But we can also imagine just how badly you want justice to be sought for your loved one’s life being taken too soon. We can help.

Here in the article below, we have provided information about the elements of wrongful death cases, how these incidents even happen, and why taking legal action with urgency can be so important to your case.

The Four Elements of Wrongful Death Cases

The surviving family of the deceased loved one may decide to file a lawsuit against the offender for their part in the death happening. There are four elements of wrongful death cases. With the assistance of an attorney, these elements must be proven through evidence by the surviving family, in order to have a chance at receiving restitution for the death. The four elements are listed as follows:

  1. The offender’s thoughtless or negligent behavior had resulted in the loved one’s passing
  2. The offender had a responsibility to the loved one, but had breached his or her duty in fulfilling this obligation
  3. The breach in duty led to the death of the loved one
  4. As a result of the loved one’s death, the surviving family members have suffered quantifiable losses

How Wrongful Death Happens

Wrongful death can arise in a variety of scenarios. The most common situations in which these awful incidents can occur are in the workplace, due to medical malpractice and vehicle accidents. A situation in which a doctor, employer or driver whose actions were a factor in another person’s death, may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Other ways that wrongful death may occur is through product defects, construction site accidents, vehicle mechanical failures, and more.

The Importance of Prompt Legal Action

The longer you take to seek legal action against the party who influenced your loved one’s death, the more time they may have to destroy evidence. For example, if your loved one passed away due to a doctor’s misdiagnosis, the hospital may attempt to hide or erase documents that could be used as proof against the doctor within a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney can meet with you as soon as you are ready to seek justice. Please do not hesitate to call us, as your first consultation is completely free.

Thank you to our friends and contributors at David Bate Law for their knowledge about wrongful death cases.

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