Hundreds of thousands of unintentional deaths occur in the United States each year. If a loved one has died from injuries sustained by an accident or unintentional event, you could be entitled to recover money from the responsible party or parties in a wrongful death lawsuit. If you believe your family member or loved one has died wrongfully, contact an experienced Newnan wrongful death attorney to evaluate your case.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, 120,859 people in the United States reportedly died from unexpected injuries. This makes unintentional injury the 5th leading cause of death for the year among Americans. The top three causes for unintentional injury were:
- Car accident deaths (33,687)
- Unintentional poisoning (33,041)
- Unintentional falls (26,009)
Many of the Americans who ultimately died from unintentional injuries or accidents received attempted treatment at emergency rooms and hospitals before succumbing to their injuries. In fact, the CDC reported approximately 29.3 million emergency room visits due to unintentional injuries in 2010 alone. Many of these visits required ambulance transport and emergency surgery or other services to try to save the patient’s life. If the patient died, family members or loved ones could be stuck with the hospital bills and other debts the patient may have had. On top of the grief felt after an unexpected death, family members may not know how to handle the stress of any additional responsibility. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the person you believe is responsible for your loved one’s wrongful death could be the solution to help you recover.
Normally, after an accident, the victim would file a lawsuit against the responsible party, however deceased people cannot file a lawsuit against anyone. In the unfortunate case that the victim suffers a wrongful death as a result of his or her injuries, it is usually up to an immediate family member or next of kin to file the lawsuit. This is undoubtedly a difficult time in your life, and the Law Offices of Shane Smith are here to help you through. Do not hesitate to call one of our experienced wrongful death attorneys in Newnan at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation today.