No matter where or how they occur, fatal accidents are never easy for people to comprehend. Moreover, for friends and family of the deceased person, trying to move past the accident can be extremely difficult. Many of these kinds of fatalities are the result of almost instantaneous events, like a motor vehicle accident, that claim the victim's life immediately.
Some fatal accidents, however, do not instantly claim the person's life. If, for example, a person is exposed to dangerous chemicals as a result of a workplace accident, he or she might suffer debilitating injuries that carry on for a long time before ultimately leading to death. Likewise, medical mishaps can leave people clinging to life for long periods of time before the accident finally results in death.
When people in West Virginia suffer fatal injuries due to someone else's negligence, the deceased person's personal representative, usually a family member, may be able to file a wrongful death cause of action on the decedent's behalf. While a variety of legal damages may be available, the pain and suffering of the harmed individual may be especially horrific in cases where an accident victim languishes for days, weeks or even months.
The Charleston-based law firm of James F. Humphreys deals with these kinds of difficult legal issues on a regular basis. We know that victims and their families go through tremendous trauma following a serious accident of any kind.
Our law firm's website is designed to be a helpful resource for people who need vital information related to these kinds of life-changing accidents and events. We have advocated for our clients and attempted to make sure that they get all of the legal damages that the case warrants. But just as importantly, we believe in seeking to hold all negligent parties accountable for their actions.