The death of a loved one is a heart-wrenching event. However, it becomes even more traumatic and painful to cope with if the death occurs wrongfully due to the negligence of another person. In such a scenario all you want is justice. This is where we come into the picture. At The Law Office of Jason E. Taylor, P.C., we have a team of experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate North Carolina and South Carolina wrongful death attorneys. We will help you fight for justice and compensation to cope with the financial challenges that come after losing a loved one. We understand that no financial compensation can make up for the loss incurred, but it can at least help you move forward in life with financial stability, especially, if the deceased was the sole breadwinner with dependent children. Moreover, this compensation can also help you pay for:
- Medical expenses if the deceased was hospitalized before the death
- Funeral and burial expenses
At The Law Office of Jason E. Taylor, P.C. we offer no obligation consultation and legal assistance on a contingency basis. With us, you don’t have to worry about legal expenses. Our wrongful death lawyer will review your case to determine if you appear to have a wrongful death claim. If so, we will advise you and work to help you prove that the defendant had a duty of care, which was breached by either refusing or failing to act with reasonable care, which resulted in the death of the decedent.
Below are the most common types of accidents that make valid wrongful death claims. Take a look:
Car accidents are one of the most common types of fatal accidents that result in wrongful death claims. According to the National Safety Council, in 2018 traffic fatalities soared to an estimated total of 40,000. The sad reality is that the majority of the accidents occurred because of the negligence of at least one driver through acts like speeding, distracted driving, tailgating, and driving under the influence.
If any of these acts led to the death of your loved one in a car accident, then the negligent driver may be held responsible. However, if the death occurred in a car crash because of the road conditions then the state may be held liable for the accrued damages.
Although, we are hopeful that doctors and other medical staff never make errors because they are experts at what they do, let’s not forget that they are human, and humans make mistakes. However, when a mistake occurs during surgery or because of misdiagnosis, medication errors, delayed or incorrect treatment, it can prove to be fatal—costing a life. Such medical cases qualify for malpractice claims in North and South Carolina.
Companies across the US are required to test their products for safety before introducing them to the market. They must carry proper and rigorous safety and quality tests in conformance with the industry regulations to ensure that the products are safe for public use and not defective. This is because a defective product is inherently dangerous.
Nonetheless, if a company introduces a defective or an unsafe consumer-ready product that leads to someone getting injured or killed after using it, then that company is at fault and may be held responsible for the death of the victim.
Defective products can range from toxic food and containers, drugs, vehicle parts, and toys for children. So, whatever the defective product may be, the manufacturer may be liable for any deaths that are associated with the usage of such a product.
In 2018, approximately 5,250 fatalities occurred in the American workplace. This is a 2% increase from the 5,147 fatal workplace injuries that were recorded in 2017. Among the most common workplace accidents that result in employee death are:
- Struck by a heavy object
- Falls, slips, and trips
- Being caught between or in structures, machinery, and materials
- Transportation incidents
Though jobs with high risk such as manual labor and construction work have a greater number of work-related deaths, it is possible in any occupation. Wrongful death can occur even in an office or while driving to or from work or because of work.
For example, if a truck driver dies in a road accident while transporting goods from one location to the other because of defective tires or long work hours, then the company may be held liable. Likewise, if an employee who has worked 12 hour plus shifts of overtime dies in a car crash on the way back home due to exhaustion, then this will qualify as a wrongful death claim.
Premises Liability Accidents
Property owners in and across North Carolina and South Carolina have a legal responsibility to keep their properties safe and free from potential hazards that can cause injuries to people or result in deaths. Therefore, if your loved one died in a premise liability accident such as due to a slip and fall or being struck by or against an object on a premise where it shouldn’t have been, then you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and seek justice for the death of your loved one.
Contact Us for Legal Assistance
Here it is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list of types of wrongful death cases. So, if your beloved has been killed due to an accident that occurred due to someone else’s negligence or error, then contact us. We will review your case and help you explore your legal rights.
In such a situation, as the family of the deceased, you may be entitled to monetary damages which can help lessen the financial burden you are likely to be under upon the sudden death of your loved one. At The Law Office of Jason E. Taylor, P.C., our team of North Carolina and South Carolina wrongful death attorneys will work in your best interest and go the extra mile to fight for the at-fault party to be held accountable. Our goals are to help you get fairly compensated and to see justice served so that you can move forward in life with a sense of closure.