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In the case of a truly accidental death, the attorneys at Litster Frost can help you determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit against a manufacturer, medical professional, or another individual who may have caused or contributed to the death of your loved one.
If you suspect any such scenarios surrounding the death of a family member or someone you know, call Litster Frost today to discuss your legal rights and options.
Doctors have a responsibility to monitor the health conditions of their patients. This includes knowing the risks of medication and making certain that they do not misdiagnose, delay, or improperly treat illness; fail to administer medication when necessary; or fail to provide post-treatment care.
Speeding, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, or distracted driving are considered negligent actions and place the at-fault driver in a position of responsibility. Your attorney can help you determine if the driver of the vehicle that caused death should be held liable in a monetary lawsuit.
Safeguards set in place by government oversight and regulations are often imperfect, resulting in defective and potentially dangerous items reaching unsuspecting consumers. These products can include automobiles whose brakes fail, medical devices that do not perform well, and household chemicals that become deadly.
Because of the importance and chemical potency of prescription medications, there is little room for error. Both the manufacturer and the pharmacy are fully responsible for any error on their part. If their mistake causes cardiac arrest, internal bleeding, brain trauma, poisoning, or disruption of normal bodily functions, resulting in death, the families of the victim may be entitled to financial compensation for their loss.
Despite the risks, a person’s workplace should be safe. If your loved one dies from company negligence, employers may be held legally liable for wrongful death.
* While these are not the only types of accidents that a driver can face on the road, they are very common and often result in serious injury.
A police report will contain information about the accident, including a description of the location where it occurred, statements taken, and known physical evidence. Without a police report, it’s merely your word against the other party’s.
This may include:
Tax Returns or other official records showing the financial worth of the dead individual to his or her dependents
Paychecks and other records from work showing how much the person made, allowing you to calculate the potential lost wages the death represents
Complete medical records for your loved one
Death certificate which provides an accurate and exact cause of death
Autopsy report which includes additional information
Evidence of a relationship between the dead individual and the person who was supposed to be caring for him or her, which indicates the duty of the latter person to provide that care (e.g. a doctor).
For example, all workers are required by OSHA to be trained to work with or near electrical equipment. At times this requirement may be overlooked when contractors and their personnel are electricians, but they aren’t fully qualified by OSHA’s standards; each worker must receive proper training. Otherwise the employer may be guilty of negligent hiring.
When necessary, gloves and eye protection must be provided. Employers failing to keep standard safety equipment, such as first-aid kits, on hand may be held liable for an accident.
Equipment and machinery must be inspected regularly. Also, maintenance must take place according to OSHA regulations.
Employees must be educated on their roles, workplace hazards, and health and safety procedures. The goal of this training is to ensure that all employees, including management staff, have the ability to work safely while being aware of hazards and how to report and control them.
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