Innovation and creativity leads to the creation of thousands of new products each year. Few of these products have serious flaws that make it through the testing process, and even fewer have issues that can lead to death. Unfortunately, however, an overlooked product design error can lead to tragedy.
What Is a Wrongful Death Case?
Wrongful death cases analyze fault and cause when someone dies because of another person’s error. Products may be deemed defective if they work improperly, lack sufficient safety warnings, and/or cause unforeseeable accidents. A wrongful death case aims to make survivors whole by covering the wide range of expenses that come with the loss of a loved one.
Types of Products in Wrongful Death Cases
All sorts of products are named in wrongful death cases, but there are some categories that are much more common than others:
- Automobile parts
- Medical devices
- Industrial machines
- Products for children and babies
- Electronic devices
Blame is placed on anyone who is determined to have acted improperly or avoided due diligence. An investigation may find fault on the part of suppliers, manufacturers, or retailers.
Damages in Wrongful Death Suits
When someone dies unexpectedly, loved ones are affected in a variety of ways. Awarded damages are meant to minimize the fallout of a wrongful death, which involves analysis of economic and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, distress, and other non-monetary effects. In some cases, a judge may even levy punitive damages. These charges are designed to punish the responsible party and ensure that they strive to improve their processes in the future.
Awarded damages are influenced by many factors, which is why it’s important to consult a wrongful death attorney. You may be able to seek compensation for lost income, medical expenses incurred prior to death, loss of consortium, and emotional damages.
It’s important to note that the amount sought in a wrongful death case depends partially on your relationship to the deceased party. For example, a spouse or child of the deceased party is more likely to incur greater damages than a cousin.
Damages are also influenced by the role of the responsible party in the accident. Numerous expert witnesses may be needed to assign fault and decide how much the wronged parties deserve.
Talk to a Wrongful Death Lawyer About Your Case
Wrongful death cases are multifaceted, time-consuming, and complicated, which is why they require the insight of an expert in this area of law. If you’ve been impacted by the wrongful death of a loved one, reach out to Zimmet & Zimmet at (386) 255-6400.