A wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to another party's negligence, reckless actions, or carelessness. In a wrongful death case, surviving members of the deceased individual's family may file a wrongful death claim to obtain financial compensation.
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.
Keep in mind, wrongful death investigations often start as another type of investigation, such as one for a crime scene, homicide, or accident. However, the plaintiff's legal team may hire professionals such as accident reconstruction experts and crime scene forensic scientists to provide valuable expert witness testimony.
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 – Uncover criminal responsibility for a wrongful death claim, as well as for a crime.
- Workplace investigations – Focus on deaths caused by employer mismanagement or negligence.
- Product liability 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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