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Wrongful Death Archives

Christina Grimmie's family files amended wrongful death suit

The death of up and coming pop star Christina Grimmie left her friends and family devastated. Her family has filed an amended complaint in a wrongful death lawsuit after a judge dismissed their original lawsuit and gave them 21 days to amend it.

Wrongful death lawsuit reinstated after dog bite death

Dogs may be "man's best friend," but because of negligent owners many of them end up injuring or killing innocent people. A wrongful death lawsuit against a dog warden in West Virginia was recently reinstated by the state Supreme Court of Appeals. The court found that the judge on the case wrongfully dismissed the lawsuit in 2016.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed in Kanawha County

Nursing homes and health care facilities are required to provide adequate long-term care to their residents. When facilities or their employees act negligently, the residents may experience new illnesses or a worsening of their original medical conditions. Negligence may include a failure to treat medical conditions, physical and mental abuse and neglect.

Nursing home fatality leads to wrongful death lawsuit

Many West Virginia families entrust a nursing home with their loved one's care. When nursing home professionals fail to properly care for their residents, though, harm and death can result. When an elderly loved one is lost to nursing home neglect, a surviving family has the right to bring a wrongful death suit against the nursing home. Eastbrook Center, a Charleston health center, is being sued under this legal theory, as well as reckless misconduct, after the death of a resident.

What damages are available from a wrongful death claim?

Death can be untimely and unexpected. The loss of a loved one may not be due to old age or disease but rather because of the negligence of another person. A fatal accident can never be predicted, and individuals are likely to suffer tremendously from the accidental death of a family member.

People have rights following the wrongful death of a loved one

Suffering the loss of a loved one due to a fatal accident is a difficult and traumatic time for those in West Virginia and elsewhere. No one wants to have to bury a loved one sooner than expected, and after an accidental loss, family members often have many questions. In addition to wondering what happened and who was at fault, surviving family members may question what they can do to recover any losses suffered.

What is the financial value of a wrongful death case?

When a person dies in an accident, his or her personal representative, typically a close family member, can file a lawsuit on behalf of the deceased victim. This kind of legal action, known as a wrongful death case, is designed to compensate the estate of the deceased victim when the fatal accident was caused by someone else's negligence.

Number of deaths from medical malpractice in question

When people go to a hospital, they expect that doctors and other medical staff will take all reasonable steps to help them with their illness or injury. People in the Charleston area who have to undergo surgery, for example, may understand that the procedure involves some risks, but they expect the surgeon to mitigate those risks as much as possible. Likewise, patients likely do not expect that a preventable mistake could cost them their lives.

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