Families and victims impacted by a truck accident are legally protected. A woman was recently killed and another woman was seriously injured in a truck accident with a dump truck in West Virginia. A 36-year old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the truck accident and the 35-year old passenger in the vehicle was air-lifted to a local hospital. The second victim was listed in critical condition following the accident. A dog traveling in the vehicle was also injured and was given oxygen and taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment.
This blog recently discussed wrongful death actions and how they serve as a resource for surviving family members of victims wrongfully killed by negligent drivers. A recent fatal truck accident in a West Virginia community northeast of the Kanawha area claimed the life of a 37-year old man. The victim was pronounced dead at a nearby medical facility where he had been flown following the collision between his vehicle and a box truck.
If you have had a loved one killed in a wrongful death accident, you may have heard of a wrongful death legal claim for damages but may not have understood exactly what is was or how it could help. In general, a wrongful death claim is a claim brought on behalf of the surviving family members of a loved one wrongfully killed because of someone else's negligence. Wrongful death clams are based on state statutes so it is important to know the laws in your state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.