Sometimes an accidental death -- as tragic and difficult as it is to endure -- is nothing more than an accident and no one is at fault. Other times, someone acted in a wrongful, negligent or unlawful manner that caused the death. In these situations, surviving close family members can pursue a wrongful death claim in civil court against the at-fault party to seek compensation for their loss.
Regardless of the circumstances, medical malpractice, medical negligence and medical mistakes can lead to life-altering and life-ending consequences. Here are several examples of common medical errors patients and their family members need to watch out for:
Fatal accidents happen every day in Missouri and elsewhere around the country. When these accidents happen as a result of another person's or party's negligence, unlawful behavior or recklessness, close family members of the deceased may be able to pursue viable claims for wrongful death damages against the responsible parties.
It is normally unthinkable to lose someone we love. In the very unlikely event that it happens, the survivors of a person who died due to someone else's action or negligence have the right to claim damages. A person's life can never be quantified, but the laws of the state of Missouri offer juries the options to try for the sake of their survivors.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says that, in 2017, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in U.S. traffic crashes. Sadly, 2017 was the second year in a row with that death toll. Since other fatal traffic accidents have been declining, pedestrian fatalities are making up a growing portion of overall traffic deaths. How large of a portion? Sixteen percent today, compared to only 11 percent just a few years ago.