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We are all well aware of the violence of today’s society. The news is filled with one tragic event after another from brute force to motor vehicle accidents and faulty equipment. Of course, the death itself is devastating and tragic. However, the pain and suffering does not stop there. Wrongful death has a domino effect that lasts a lifetime for surviving family members. In addition, those individuals that were also in the vehicle or on the scene (either involved in the accident or witness to it) will have heartbreaking memories forever. Wrongful death does a lifetime of damage.

What is Wrongful Death?

Tragic deaths do occur when an accident happens with no fault on any one in particular – it was simply an accident. However, wrongful death is a tragic death that occurs for several reasons such as negligence or ill-intent. There are many scenarios in which a wrongful death may occur.  


When someone loses his/her life due to the neglectfulness of another person or entity, this is a wrongful death due to negligence. Examples of wrongful death due to negligence could occur when personnel in the medical profession neglect to follow proper policies and procedures for a patient’s care and death ensues. A company that does not provide the proper safety equipment to its employees is another example of negligence.


If an altercation occurs, and an individual passes away due to an injury from that altercation, this misconduct can be deemed as a wrongful death.

Intentional Malice

When an individual intentionally acts out of malice toward another and the resulting altercation causes the death of another party, this can also fall under the wrongful death category.

Product liability

If quality control of a product or piece of equipment fails and a death ensues, this may also fall under the category of wrongful death lawsuits. If a drug or piece of medical equipment is dangerous and an individual dies, wrongful death is claimed.

Workplace accident

Sometimes workplaces are not as safe as they should be. Faulty equipment, hazards and unsafe conditions do exist. Sometimes the company is irresponsible and does not enforce policies and procedures for its employee’s safety. There may be a missing link in the safety chain of command or, unfortunately, in order to cut costs, employers will not follow protocol.

Faulty machinery

Any company, such as an automobile company for example, which operates machinery has a duty and an obligation to maintain and inspect that machinery. If any part of the checks and balances system falls by the wayside, then a tragic accident resulting in wrongful death can occur.


How Can a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Help the Families?

Wrongful death lawsuits can aid the families left behind by offering financial support. That financial support may provide assistance with funeral expenses, compensate the spouse for money that would have been earned if the decedent were to live, hospital and medical expenses incurred, and monetary compensation for whatever contribution the decedent would have made as a companion and even possibly for emotional and psychological damages.

Much of the time, spouses and family members who have been left behind don’t have the foresight to see the future impact. These poor family members are trying to grasp hold of the fact that their loved one died due to the negligence of someone else. Trying to absorb the fact that if the other party would have done their job or had not had intentional malice, their loved one would still be alive is hard enough. There are, unfortunately, many examples of this in today’s news.

Getting the Help You Need During a Sensitive Time

If a loved one or family member has passed away due to the negligence or misconduct of another person, you may have the right to take legal action in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. During this difficult and sensitive time, it is best to leave all the legal details to expert personal injury attorneys in the field.

The last thing you want to do is get caught up in the legalities of a lawsuit during your already difficult time.

While monetary benefits will never bring your loved one back, it would be the hope that it offers some financial assistance, but more than that it would set an example for those in the future who don’t intend to follow the rules. Let the experts handle the legal matters while you take the time to properly grieve and make your way toward moving on.

Since 1987, our team of experienced Personal Injury Attorneys have been helping Long Island car accident victims receive the maximum compensation for their injuries and helping to get their lives back on track. Contact us today at (631) 928-8000 for a free, no obligation consultation with our Attorneys to find out how we can help.


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