The death of a loved one is traumatic and shocking. When someone else’s negligence is believed to have contributed to our loss, that makes handling these feelings even harder. Each year in Indiana and around the country, thousands of individuals lose their lives as a result of someone’s action or inaction. Whether someone made the choice to drive drunk, prescribed the wrong medicine, or designed a flawed product, the result is still a devastating event. But while it might seem like nothing can relieve the sense of loss you feel, legal action with the help of wrongful death attorneys might help with the financial burden of a wrongful death.
The Indianapolis personal injury attorneys at Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell have success in many different types of claims that may constitute a wrongful death case. In the midst of your grief, it’s important to understand your legal rights and options. Breaking down the many incidents that may lead to wrongful death can help to give clarity to an upsetting and confusing situation.
Medical Negligence Wrongful Death in Indiana
When we visit doctors or other medical professionals, we expect to be taken care of. While there are many talented experts in this field, it’s still extremely possible to receive less than stellar care. According to the Washington Post, medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical malpractice is the result of a doctor or other healthcare provider failing to provide appropriate care. In some cases, a treatment or surgery can result in additional injuries or complications that can have devastating effects.
If you or a loved one has suffered from medical malpractice, it’s important to understand that you have legal rights. While sustained injuries or conditions may not be reversible, a lawsuit can award you money you need to fix the damages make up for the harms and losses you have suffered. These cases can take several months to years to come to an end and knowing that you have a medical malpratice lawyer you can depend on is important. We have experience working many types medical malpractice cases in Indiana and around the country, including:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- OB Mistakes
- Birth Injuries
- Pediatric Mistakes
- Nursing Mistakes
- Surgical Mistakes
- Prescription Errors
- Failure to Diagnose
If an Indiana wrongful death is the result of medical malpractice, there are several pieces of evidence that are important to a case. First, you’ll need to establish a doctor-patient relationship. A doctor has a duty-of-care, and this is rarely argued in a court of law. Second, you’ll need to provide evidence that the medical professional providing care was negligent. A legal team may bring in other doctors to serve as expert witnesses, and the material evidence will have to prove that the death was caused by the doctor’s failure to provide adequate care.
Wrongful Death Motor Vehicle Accident
According to the National Safety Council, there were at least 40,000 deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents in 2018. The Indiana Department of Transportation reported nearly 900 Indiana motor vehicle deaths.
With so many different types of vehicles on the road, a wrongful death due to negligent driving can be complex. Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell have years of experience handling cases of wrongful death due to:
- Car Accident
- Trucking Accident
- Railroad Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Improper Roadway Design
Recalled Product Wrongful Death
Many of the objects we take for granted every day have the potential to be defective and dangerous. When a product isn’t designed or built with safety in mind, it can lead to a wide array of injuries. Unfortunately, because of the trusting nature of consumers, it’s possible that these flawed objects could potential lead to a wrongful death. You may wonder what kind of goods could potentially cause such a catastrophic incident. At Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell, we’ve seen products liability cases in the following industries:
- Pharmaceutical Drugs
- Medical Products
- Motor Vehicles
- Industrial Equipment
- Consumer Products
The truth is that any manufactured product may have the potential to cause death due to faulty production. When a wrongful death occurs due to one of these objects, the goal of an Indiana personal injury attorney is to prove that the party responsible for manufacturing the product was negligent.
These cases may involve multiple parties; for instance, if a forklift causes a wrongful death, this could be because it wasn’t manufactured properly, it wasn’t properly labeled with safety instructions by the retailer, or something happened in-transit to damage the machine.
Slip and Fall
Slip and Fall accidents are quite common in personal injury cases. The injuries caused by these accidents can be wide-ranging. It may be as simple as a bruise, or something more serious like a broken bone; statistics published by the National Floor Safety Institute found that the most common slip and fall and injury is a bone fracture. However, when these accidents are more serious, they can sometimes be fatal.
These accidents can occur in countless ways, both on private and public property. There may be uneven paving and sidewalks, an errant object left out, an unexpected hole, or even surfaces left slick from rain or snow. In order to pursue a court case in a wrongful death due to slip and fall, you’ll need to demonstrate the unsafe conditions that led to the fall. This might mean photographs of the area, accounts of eye witnesses or anyone working at the location or nearby, or a physician’s report confirming the injury following the fall caused the wrongful death.
Most of us have experienced a small shock in our lives, whether it’s from touching a doorknob with too much static electricity or perhaps touching an outlet with a metal object. But when it comes to large-scale electrocution, severe damage can be done. In the most unfortunate of cases, these electrical injuries can cause death. When the electrocution and wrongful death occur due to negligent conditions, it may be time to pursue legal action. Though there are many ways a fatal electrical shock could occur, some of the most commonly found issues are:
- Frayed extension cords or wires
- Improperly installed or maintained electrical outlets
- Poorly-maintained machinery or vehicle engines
- Lightning in any case, but especially near trees or downed power lines
- Appliances installed or stored close to water
- High voltage power lines that aren’t maintained
Fires and Explosion
Fires can be a devastating disaster. They ravage our homes and destroy our belongings, forcing us to start all over again in our lives. But in severe fires and explosions, these incidents can also cause fatalities. The United States averages over 3,000 fire deaths every year, and nearly 100 of those are fire deaths in Indiana. The National Fire Protection Agency cites several risk factors for Indiana fire deaths, including living below the poverty line, living in a rural area where emergency rescue isn’t readily available, and smoking inside the home.
A wide variety of factors cause fires and explosions including gas explosions caused by improperly installed or defective hot water heaters, stoves, gas dryers, and furnaces; maintenance or construction-related gas main explosions; workplace chemical explosions; post-collision fuel-fed automobile fires; and electrical fires caused by defective household products and appliances of all types. Further, an incident that begins as a fire may lead to an explosion, which compounds the disaster.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or death from a fire or explosion, there are laws in place to protect you. Please contact one of the experienced lawyers at Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell for a free case review. We have extensive experience in investigating and handling fire and explosion cases, and we will be happy to evaluate your case and advise you as to your legal options.
Farming has long been one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States, with farming accidents leading to more than 1,300 yearly deaths. Statistics show that more than half of these fatalities are the result of tractor accidents. These accidents are tragic and it is important for victims to understand that they do have legal rights and may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Like other types of accidents, farm accidents can happen for many different reasons. Some of the most common include:
- Tractor accidents
- Unsafe condition of farm equipment
- Equipment malfunction
- Poor weather and/or working conditions
- Lack of proper equipment
- Lack of instruction or safety training
Contact the Indianapolis Wrongful Death Attorneys at CFCLB
If you’ve reviewed this information and believe someone is responsible for the wrongful death of a loved one, contact the wrongful death attorneys at Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell today to share your story with us.
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