Personal Injury Lawyer News: Top 2 Causes of Wrongful-Death Lawsuits
Wrongful-death lawsuits are particularly complicated types of personal-injury claims. Whereas most injury suits are filed by an injured party, wrongful-death lawsuits are filed by the family members of people who have died due to another party’s negligence.
If successful, these cases can provide the victim’s loved ones with justice, compensation and some measure of closure. However, emotions run high during these proceedings, and family members often find it difficult to file a lawsuit while they are grieving.
If you find yourself in that situation, call us. A personal-injury lawyer from the Law Office of Johnson & Lundgreen, P.C. can help make the process less taxing and can negotiate with defendants to reach settlements. No matter the motivation behind the lawsuit, you can rely on our 40 years of combined experience. To arrange a free consultation with a personal-injury lawyer in Meridian, call us at 208-376-5256.
1. Landlord Negligence
Landlords have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for their tenants. The scope of that responsibility changes by state, but the general concept remains the same: If a landlord fails to keep the residence hazard free, the tenant, or their family in the case of a fatal incident, has the right to seek compensation through a wrongful-death lawsuit.
FOX News reports that the parents of an 11-year-old girl recently filed a lawsuit against their landlord after their home burned down. The child, Carrie Crowder, died in the blaze. Her mother says that their landlord, William Swindall, never installed smoke detectors that could have saved her child’s life.
According to the fire marshal, this isn’t the first time Swindall has faced this type of accusation. Another of his residences burned down, killing a tenant, but the destruction was too widespread, and investigators couldn’t determine whether or not there had been a smoke alarm. The judge ruled in the family’s favor.
2. Car Accidents Often Lead to Wrongful-Death Lawsuits
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and the problem is only growing worse because of the widespread use of negligent driving. The Garden Island reports that the family of a negligent-driving victim recently settled a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Police say that 83-year-old Robert Yount swerved off the road and struck a young woman who was walking on the sidewalk. She died shortly afterward.
He faced both a criminal trial and a wrongful-death lawsuit, but he was taken to a secure treatment facility because of his advanced dementia. Fortunately, he had full insurance, and the woman’s family was able to reach a settlement with the company for $1.1 million.
If you are planning a wrongful-death lawsuit in Meridian, let us help. At the Law Office of Johnson & Lundgreen, P.C., we are committed to offering practical legal advice to each of our clients. Whether your loved one died in a car accident or because of a landlord’s negligence, we are here to help you seek justice. To speak with a personal-injury lawyer, call us at 208-376-5256.