Have you gone to a trusted authority for help? If you didn't get it, you were probably feeling lost and hurt. It's not often that we are taught it is all right to ask for help, and it is even more rare that we get it when we ask for it. But some people and organizations have a true responsibility to the people they serve, and this responsibility may be spelled out by law.
We are cursed with knowing that everything dies from early in childhood. Although death is inevitable, it should come at the end of a long full life. And people deserve to be punished if they cause an earlier death, which is why criminal justice is that the heart of modern society.
There are many ways that someone may recklessly or negligently cause the death of someone else -- and what might be a crime in some situations may simply be called an "unfortunate accident" in others. Sometimes the lines are so blurred that it's hard to say if a crime was committed. That's when a wrongful death lawsuit can come into play. A wrongful death lawsuit can hold someone responsible for the preventable death of another -- even when there's been no legal crime committed.
In a typical personal injury case, the injured party files suit against another party, seeking to hold the defendant liable for the damages they suffered in an accident. These damages can include medical expenses, lost income from the time they were unable to return to work, pain and suffering and more.
When a person is injured through the negligence of another party, the injured can file a lawsuit to hold the negligent party liable for damages. This is the principle behind most personal injury claims. A somewhat different type of legal action must be used in cases involving a fatal injury. These cases require a claim of wrongful death.
The Virginia State Police are performing an investigation into a two vehicle collision that killed a woman, age 86. The fatal accident took place on August 13 at approximately 1:00 p.m. A Ford Taurus was heading southbound on Route 220, but failed to yield to oncoming traffic when executing a left-hand turn onto Route 614. The Ford collided with a Buick Regal, which had been heading northbound on Route 220.
Wrongful deaths are often preventable tragedies that rob spouses of their significant others, children of their parents, and loved ones of those who they hold most dear. Under Virginia law, compensation can be sought when an individual's death is wrongful due to an act of negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing. However, not everyone who is harmed by the loss of a wrongful death victim has the right to sue for damages.
The loss of a loved one is a difficult event to cope with. This is especial true for those who have lost a family member suddenly because of an accident. In some cases, the negligence of another party may be to blame. This could be a distracted driver, fatigued truck driver, negligent property owner, or even a negligent medical professional. When a party fails to uphold their duty of care owed to another, a fatal accident could result and give rise to a wrongful death action.
In Virginia and other states across the nation, motorists encounter pedestrians. This could be at a crosswalk, in a residential area, near a sidewalk or in a parking lot. No matter where a pedestrian is, a motorist is expected to uphold their duty to follow the rules of the road a drive safely. Failure to do so could result in a serious or even fatal car accident.
Although death is a reality in life, it is often something we are not ready for. Dealing with the grief of a lost loved one can be difficult, and when one's death suddenly occurs because of the negligent conduct of another, this can leave surviving family members with a lot of questions. For individuals in Virginia and elsewhere, this can be a confusing and overwhelming time. However, it is also a time when actions could be taken.