As a business owner, keeping informed about the finer points of employment law is important. If you're getting ready to hire your first employees, you need to be sure that you understand exactly what you can and cannot do. Don't risk getting yourself into legal trouble by asking the wrong question at the interview or making an off-hand comment that's considered legally unacceptable. I created this site to give you the basics of employment law expectations. I hope that the information here helps you to understand what you should and shouldn't do as you're interviewing and hiring your first staff members.
When a loved one passes, it can be hard to deal with their death. It can be even more challenging if you believe that someone else's negligence is the reason that your loved one died. If someone else was responsible for your loved one's untimely passing, you might want to consider seeing if their situation qualifies for a wrongful death lawsuit with a personal injury attorney. There are various types of accidents where a wrongful death case may be warranted.
Type #1: Car Accident
The sad truth is that there are still far too many traffic collisions that turn into fatal accidents each year. If the accident was the result of the negligence of another driver, such as a driver who was speeding, distracted while driving, or driving drunk, you might be able to pursue a wrongful death case against the driver.
Suppose the accident resulted from a damaged road, such as a broken guardrail that should have been fixed or a pothole that caused an accident. In that case, you might be able to pursue a wrongful death case against the body or government organization responsible for taking care of the road in that area. When using a government organization, the window of opportunity to sue is often smaller than when suing an individual.
Type #2: Medical Malpractice
Another type of common wrongful death lawsuit is a medical malpractice lawsuit. There is a large scope under which wrongful death medical malpractice can fall, as there are many types of medical errors that can lead to a fatal conclusion.
For example, a misdiagnosis that leads to incorrect treatment and the real issue not being treated could be a wrongful death medical malpractice case. Or a surgical error could lead to deadly complications. Or a defective medical device or medication could have caused someone's life to end prematurely. There is a wide range of issues that can allow you to move forward with a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Type #3: Workplace Deaths
Another type of wrongful death lawsuit is a workplace accident. A fatal accident can occur in any workplace environment but is more likely to happen in a workplace where dangerous conditions are already present.
Workplace related deaths do occur every year in the thousands. In 2019, 5,333 workers died while on the job. Things such as falls, getting struck by an object, electrocution, and equipment malfunction are some of the culprits of workplace-related accidents.
If your loved one died due to what you think was someone else's negligence, book a consultation with a wrongful death attorney. A wrongful death attorney will evaluate your case and let you know if you have a case to go forward with.