Wrongful Death Attorney Washington, DC
If you lost a family member and believe it was as the result of wrongful death, you should seek the legal advice of a wrongful death attorney right away. The loss of a loved one is difficult for anyone to handle, but that loss can become more difficult when a loved one is taken away unexpectedly as the result of another person’s negligent act. Wrongful death is the term associate with the taking of an individual’s life as the result of the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.
Wrongful death can be the result of various negligent acts. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death are the result of unintentional injuries and include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, workplace accidents, unintentional poisoning, faulty products and drowning. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control in 2010 found that approximately 120,000 people died as the result of an unintentional accident or injury, making it the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck and motorcycle accidents, result in the highest number of wrongful deaths by unintentional injuries, followed by unintentional poisoning and unintentional falls.
Medical malpractice is another common cause of wrongful death. In fact, medical malpractice follows unintentional injury as the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, attributing to approximately 98,000 deaths each year. Other causes of wrongful death are considered intentional, or criminal, and include violent acts such as homicide.
The statute of limitations, as well as the individual(s) entitled to sue and receive compensation for wrongful death varies from state to state. To see if you are eligible to sue and/or receive compensation for the wrongful death of a family member, you should contact a wrongful death attorney right away.
No amount of money can heal the grief of losing someone you care about, nor can it replace a person. To even ask how much the life of a parent, a sibling, or a child is “worth” seems sordid and disrespectful, but in the vast majority of cases, money is the only tool the law has for compensating people for the wrongful death of a family member. The attorneys at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. understand that. We have decades of experience representing the families of victims who have been killed through the negligence or recklessness of others, and take pride in bringing our skill, our passion, and our compassion to these difficult cases to maximize the recovery for families. If you live in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Northern Virginia, and have lost someone you love due to the wrongful acts of another, call us today for a free consultation on your case.