A wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligent, reckless, or careless actions of another party. In a wrongful death case, victims or beneficiaries may be entitled to recover financial compensation for their loss.
One of the important steps in a wrongful death claim is the investigation of the accident in order to gather evidence necessary to determine whether or not a death was a wrongful one. A wrongful death investigation requires expert knowledge and investigation.
It is important to understand not all wrongful investigations start as such. In some cases, an attorney or investigator begins conducting a homicide investigation, crime scene investigation, accident investigation, personal injury investigation, or other types of investigations—only to discover that evidence points to wrongful death. They may use crime scene forensics and witness testimony, accident reconstruction, medical investigations, background investigations, and perhaps corporate investigations.
Once the plaintiff and their lawyer have gathered the medical records, photographs, and witness statements they need, then the documents will be sensitized and analyzed to put forth their theory of the case.
The following are the type of wrongful death investigations:
- Accident investigations/criminal investigations – These investigations uncover criminal responsibility for a wrongful death claim, as well as for a crime.
- Workplace investigations – Industrial accident investigations focus on deaths caused by company negligence or company mismanagement.
- Product liability investigations – These investigations focus on wrongful deaths caused by faulty or defective consumer goods.
- Medical malpractice investigations – These investigations center around wrongful death caused by medical negligence and inadequate medical treatment.
The sooner a lawyer can get involved in a wrongful death case, the sooner he or she can go to work to protect the rights and best interests of the survivors and the estate of the deceased individual. Wrongful death cases can be difficult to investigate since the person who would be the plaintiff of the case, and the one with most knowledge about the circumstances surrounding the case, has passed away.
At Law Offices of Dan Davis, we understand how difficult it can be to not only try to cope and recover from your loss but to have to deal with medical bills and expenses at the same time. Our experienced and committed legal team is dedicated to helping you file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party to hold them accountable.
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