Wrongful death is s a fatal injury caused by a careless or unlawful action — or the total and complete inaction — of a person, company or manufacturer. In some cases, a parent is killed due to gross negligence, leaving children without parental care and financial support. A spouse can lose the love and companionship they would have enjoyed for years to come, and parents can suffer the loss of a child. No matter the circumstances, wrongful deaths leave devastation behind, forcing the surviving families to deal with the emotional trauma as well as the financial destruction.
For those younger than 35, automobile collisions are by and large the leading cause of wrongful deaths. But taken as a whole, twice as many people die from medical malpractice errors as those who die in car collisions.
A quarter of a million people die each year due to adverse effects of prescription drugs, with another hundred thousand dying from medical errors which were totally preventable. Behind auto collisions and medical wrongful deaths come workplace injury, boating and swimming accidents, slip and falls and train accidents as well as injuries caused by occupational conditions, such as exposure to asbestos or other harmful substance in the workplace. When a wrongful death can be linked to a defect in the manufacturing of a product, which the manufacturer was aware of yet ignored, additional punitive damages may be warranted.
Negligence must be present for a wrongful death case. Building this type of case requires investigation of all aspects of the death and a comprehensive valuation of your financial loss and assessment of your family’s pain and suffering and other non-economic losses to ensure a financially stable future for those left behind.
There are special wrongful death laws in the State of Hawaii. The attorneys at Shim & Chang are well versed in them and can help you when it comes to the loss of a loved one.
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