When someone else causes the death of a loved one due to negligence, they need to be held accountable for the incredibly devastating pain they have caused. If you are a surviving family member or the representative of a deceased’s estate, contact the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP. Our Washington, D.C. wrongful death attorneys will compassionately advocate for your lost loved one. Contact us today to schedule a free case review today.
A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit filed in civil court by the personal estate representative of someone who was killed as a result of another person’s negligent actions, wrongful act, or by default of another person or company (D.C. Code Section 16-2701). If damages are awarded, they will be paid to the estate then distributed to the deceased’s heirs. Damages are ultimately decided by a jury, or the judge if there is no jury. Recoverable damages include:
There are no laws limiting damages in Washington D.C., however they may not be sought for loss of love and affection, mental anguish, and grief.
Auto Accidents: Washington, D.C. auto accidents are one of the leading causes of wrongful death, including collisions involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Major contributing factors include distracted driving, alcohol impaired driving, and reckless driving.
Medical Malpractice: Healthcare professionals can fail in their duty to provide a certain level of care required of them to a patient, resulting in their death. Medical malpractice can occur in several ways including, misdiagnosis, surgical, anesthesia or prescription errors, and more.
Product Liability: A wrongful death can occur due to a defective product. All involved in the chain of distribution of that product may be liable in a lawsuit. Examples of defective products include faulty brakes in a car or asbestos containing building materials.
Nursing Home Neglect: Elder abuse or neglect is a growing epidemic, being committed by nursing home staff. The wrongful death of a resident can be due to a lack of medical treatment, bed sores, or physical abuse.
Hiring a lawyer immediately after losing a loved one will not only help with alleviating legal stress, but also with the gathering of evidence that is integral to a successful claim. It can also alert the insurance company that you are serious and expect a full and fair settlement. An experienced wrongful death attorney is familiar with handling and negotiating with an insurance company, therefore your chances of settling outside of court will be maximized.
You do not have to go through this alone, our team of wrongful death lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP are ready and able to fight for the compensation you deserve on behalf of losing your loved one. Call today to schedule a free consultation.