Wrongful Death in the Event of a Catastrophic Accident: Who Should be Held Liable

Catastrophes have left many individuals dead and a lot more severely injured. These tragic occurrences have changed the lives of so many families which have lost a loved one, but, most especially, of surviving victims. Catastrophes can happen anytime and anywhere; these can damaging properties that can cost up to millions of dollars, as well as claim thousands of lives.

Most often than not, catastrophes are results of human error or man’s negligent acts and careless behavior. Consider events, such as the sinking of the Titanic, which took the lives of more than 1,500 passengers; the 1989 Exxon Valdez accident, which resulted to 10.8 million gallons of oil being spilled into the waters of Prince William Sound; the Piper Alpha Oil Rig fire in 1988, which claimed the lives of 167 workers and caused damages amounting to $3.4 billion – these are just three of the almost endless list of tragic accidents, which also include as fires, methane hydrate eruptions, and suddenly collapsing scaffoldings, tower crane, roofs, stadiums or houses. More than damage to property, though, which can easily be replaced with enough funding, is the most painful effect of catastrophes: wrongful death.

Wrongful death is a legal claim made by the beneficiaries or survivors of a person who has died due to the fault of another person or party. This is claim for damages that includes loss of earnings that the deceased could continued earning had he/she did not die, incurred medical cost prior to the injured person’s death, and, loss of consortium (or removal of the benefits of a relationship, including sexual, because of the injuries or death caused by a negligent party).

While it may be easy to assign blame to another person in case of an accident, proving that person’s liability is never an easy task. The family of a deceased victim may choose to file suit against the accused liable party, prove his/her liability and file for claim in the process – all on their own or, they can choose to be represented by a seasoned personal injury or wrongful death lawyer who may be able to help them achieve all these.

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