Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016
What is a Wrongful Death? A Wrongful Death is described as a death caused by the negligent or careless acts of another person, and it can occur in many different circumstances. For instance, situations of wrongful death include, but are not limited to: negligent driving (reckless driving), intentional attacks (assault and/or battery), death caused by another crime, vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter, and murder. In February 2016, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a report by the National Vital Statistics Reports (NVSR) titled “Deaths: Final Data for 2013,” which indicated that 2,596,993 people died that year, and, of those deaths, 130,557 were unintentional injury deaths (ranked 4th highest in cause of death), 30,208 were unintentional fall/slip deaths, 33,804 were auto accident traffic deaths, and 38,851 were unintentional poisoning deaths (www.cdc.gov, 2016). What this data shows us is that unintentional death happens, and it happens a lot. That is why the attorneys at Amerio Law Firm are here to help you recover damages in the event that your loved one passes away as a result of another person’s actions. It is our job to prove that negligence was the cause, that the death could have been avoided had a person or business been more responsible, and that the person and/or business responsible for the death pays for their actions.
We understand what you are going through, and we want to help. So if you have lost a loved one and suspect that their passing could be considered a wrongful death, call Amerio Law Firm today at (916) 419-1111 to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.
Another area that falls under wrongful death, one with less attention in the media, is Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death. In 2011, The Institute of Medicine of The National Academies published a report titled “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care,” which discusses the connection between patients, doctors and nurses, and the technology used to provide care. In the publication, the undisclosed researchers determined that “poorly designed health IT can create new hazards in the already complex delivery of care. Although the magnitude of the risk associated with health IT is not known, some examples illustrate the concerns. Dosing errors, failure to detect life-threatening illnesses, and delaying treatment due to poor human–computer interactions or loss of data have led to serious injury and death” (www.nationalacademies.org, 2011).
Essentially, the errors that occur while using technology may be considered wrongful death. Although the misuse of technology can be the cause of wrongful death, so can the misjudgment, carelessness, and blatant negligence by the doctors, nurses, or technicians. It is their job to check and double-check every possible situation that can cause harm or death to a patient. When they don’t perform their job sufficiently and when the result is the death of your loved one, the attorneys at Amerio Law Firm may be able to determine that the person failed to perform their job correctly and acted with negligence or carelessness. As a result, our job is to prove that that person could have performed their job informatively, with care, with intelligence, and they didn’t. Understanding the details associated with a wrongful death suit can put you in the position to successfully secure compensation for the death of a loved one.
For more information on Wrongful Death and the Sacramento attorneys at Amerio Law Firm can help you receive compensation for the death of a loved one, call (916) 419-1111 today for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.