Wrongful Death: We Understand The Full Extent Of A Family's Losses

Understanding the full extent of a family's losses is a key factor in bringing a successful wrongful death claim after a fatal accident. At the law offices of James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., our lawyer takes the time and care that is necessary to grasp and articulate to negligent parties the impact of the death on surviving family members.

Loss of the accident victim's financial contributions to a family is a very important aspect of the totality of loss in a fatal accident case. Loss of intangible contributions — including love, companionship and guidance of children — can be even greater than the financial loss suffered by those who have lost a loved one.

Call 304-347-5050 or email James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., in Charleston to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer. We will get right to work gathering and analyzing evidence we need.

We Build On Our Record Of Success To Help You

It is not unusual for one of our previous cases to help us build our argument for compensation in a new wrongful death case after a fatal accident. This is particularly true for mesothelioma cases and cases involving other occupational diseases because of our familiarity with the products used at many job sites.

Our goal will be to bring your family the financial relief that they need and deserve after losing a father, mother, husband or wife in a workplace accident, truck accident, or death caused by a defective drug or medical device. We also handle cases involving:

Fatal Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can occur when a medical provider (doctor, surgeon, nurse, radiologist, anesthesiologist, lab technician, pharmacist or another health care professional) deviates from the accepted standard of care in his or her medical community. Medical negligence can result in serious injury or even death for the patient.

If you have lost a loved one to medical malpractice, speak with a lawyer at our firm who will be able to assist you and your family with cases of medical negligence and wrongful death. You can rely on us for knowledgeable and compassionate representation during this difficult time.

We Will Hold Negligent Doctors Accountable

In West Virginia, you may seek compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost income and benefits, and the loss of companionship, society, comfort and guidance of your loved one. An experienced attorney can help you assess your current and future losses and accurately value the amount of compensation you will need.

There are numerous reasons that deaths are caused by medical malpractice, but a few of the most common are:

  • Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis
  • Failures in postoperative care
  • Medication errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries

Medical malpractice is an extremely complex area of law. Your attorney must have experience with these types of cases and understand how to work with medical experts.

Fatal Surgical Negligence

If a surgeon deviates from the accepted standard of care in his or her medical community, surgical malpractice may be the result. In the worst cases, surgical malpractice can lead to the wrongful death of the patient.

James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., provides assistance to victims of surgical malpractice. We understand that suffering an injury when you are already injured or ill can have devastating effects. If a surgeon's negligence caused injury or wrongful death, you can take action.

Surgical Procedures Leave Little Room For Error

Any member of the surgical team may commit an error or negligence during the procedure. This can cause problems such as:

  • Postoperative care failures
  • Infection
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Operating on the wrong part of the body
  • Leaving surgical implements in the patient
  • Nicking an organ

Such failures can cause catastrophic injuries, including oxygen deficiency, brain damage, paralysis, sepsis, internal bleeding, amputation and organ failure. In addition, surgical scars can leave patients with permanent disfigurement. In the most severe cases, the injuries can result in wrongful death.

To recover compensation in a medical malpractice case, your lawyer must thoroughly investigate the incident. We can assure you that your case will be investigated and appropriate medical experts will be consulted.

Nursing Home Deaths

Nursing homes are meant to care for an elderly, ill and vulnerable population. Too often, however, these facilities fail in their duties to keep residents safe. Whether the problem is caused by abuse or neglect, it can result in the wrongful death of a patient.

At James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., we represent families who have lost loved ones to nursing home wrongful death. We understand that this is a difficult time for your family. You can rely on our lawyers for compassionate representation as we pursue compensation for your losses.

Seeking Justice For Your Loved One

Some of the most common causes of wrongful death in nursing homes are:

  • Medication errors
  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • Falls causing brain injuries or broken hips
  • Wandering off and elopement
  • Infection
  • Untreated bedsores
  • Nursing negligence

Lack of supervision can also cause fatal injuries to nursing home residents. It is especially important for patients with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia to be supervised.

Inadequate staffing can lead to poor supervision as well as other problems. Many nursing homes are understaffed and/or have a staff that is inexperienced. The majority of direct patient care at nursing homes is done by nurses' aides. Unfortunately, these positions often have a high turnover, which means the facility's staff may be perpetually inexperienced.

We will investigate the incident to determine who may be liable for causing the injury or death. Depending on the case, this may include an individual staff member, the facility, another resident or a third party.

Fatal Car Accidents

Losing a loved one unexpectedly is one of the most difficult things a family can experience. In addition to the emotional trauma, the family must figure out how to pay the medical bills, funeral expenses and compensate for lost income. During this time, working with an experienced lawyer can be invaluable. We can help you determine your current and future needs.

At James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., we provide compassionate wrongful death representation to families who have lost loved ones in car accidents. Our lawyer will work closely with you to recover the compensation you and your family need to move forward.

Representing The Families Of Wrongful Death Victims

Nearly every type of car accident has the potential to cause a fatal injury. However, some accidents are especially dangerous, including rollovers, head-on collisions, car-truck collisions, high-speed crashes, drunk or distracted driving accidents, and hit-and-run accidents.

These accidents can cause fatal injuries such as:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Crush injuries

Depending on the specifics of the accident, the injury victim may live for days, weeks or months. You can claim compensation for the medical expenses and other losses resulting from this period.

In West Virginia, you can bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of the deceased when a person dies as a result of injuries. A wrongful death claim may be filed by a spouse, parent, child, stepchild, adopted child, sibling, grandparents or individual who is financially dependent or equitably entitled to recover compensation. You may sue for medical bill reimbursement, funeral and burial costs, and the loss of companionship, society, comfort and guidance, as well as the loss of income or the loss of retirement benefits if retired.

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

When a driver fails to look for motorcyclists, a family can lose a breadwinner, a child can lose a loving parent and a spouse can lose a partner. Understanding the full extent of a family's loss is a key factor in bringing a successful wrongful death claim after a fatal motorcycle accident.

At the law offices of James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., our Charleston fatal motorcycle accident attorney will take the time and care that is necessary to grasp and articulate a family's loss so that the negligent party can be held accountable.

While families need time to grieve, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible following a fatal motorcycle accident. Our attorney will conduct a timely and thorough investigation of the accident. When appropriate, we will work with accident reconstruction experts and other professionals to determine how the accident happened. Too often, police accept the survivor's version of what happened without conducting a thorough investigation. Determining liability is a critical step in obtaining justice for your family.

The sooner you contact us, the sooner our attorneys can take steps to collect and preserve evidence.

You Still Suffer Economic Loss In Wrongful Death Cases

While no amount of money can make up for the loss of a family member, a wrongful death lawsuit can at least help families deal with the financial devastation resulting from the accident. For many families, the legal process also brings a sense of closure and justice.

In West Virginia, families can recover compensation for the victim's financial contributions to the family, as well as intangible contributions such as love, companionship and parental guidance. Our lawyer has successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients in wrongful death cases.

Let's Talk About Your Options In A Free Consultation

If you have lost a loved one, schedule a free consultation at James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. Our firm can be reached by calling 304-347-5050, or by completing our convenient online contact form. We represent people in West Virginia and Washington, D.C.