The loss of a loved one is of course traumatic. While a person's memory can be kept alive, it can be difficult to move on without them. This can be all the more challenging when the death is caused by another person's negligence or wrongful conduct. However, we can provide help for family members seeking closure through obtaining a sense of justice and financial security.
At Marasco & Nesselbush, our Rhode Island wrongful death lawyers are here to provide you and your family with compassionate, diligent, and effective legal counsel to ensure that negligent parties are held accountable.
Accidents Causing Wrongful Death
A death is considered "wrongful" by law when it is determined that an act of negligence, reckless behavior, or intentional conduct caused or contributed to the death. A wide range of accidents can cause wrongful death; some of the most common including the following:
Motor Vehicle Accidents - Occupants of small passenger vehicles, vans, and large trucks in addition to motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and others on the road are at risk of suffering catastrophic injury and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that motor vehicle collisions throughout the United States are the leading cause of death for individuals ranging from 5 to 34 years old.
Medical Malpractice - Although there are many highly skilled medical professionals that provide patients with a high standard of care, others conduct themselves in a negligent manner. There are many forms of medical negligence that can result in death, including birth injuries, surgical errors, misdiagnosis, anesthesia mistakes, and emergency department negligence. Patients can suffer injury and illness or experience complications that lead to death.
Workplace Accidents - According to the CDC, every day, approximately 15 workers die in the U.S. from traumatic injuries. Recent statistics indicate that over 5,400 workers were killed by an occupational injury and more than 4 million workers experienced a nonfatal injury or illness on the job annually. While safety rules and regulations are updated annually, deadly workplace accidents, especially for construction workers, continue to take place at alarming rates.
Defective Products - Auto defects, dangerous drug side effects, faulty children's toys, contaminated food, and other products have caused unsuspecting consumers to suffer death. Manufacturers of products that are poorly designed, mislabeled, or defective may be held liable for any deaths their products cause. Based on data provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), reported cases of toy-related fatalities to children under the age of 15 rose to 17 in 2010 as compared to 15 in 2009.
Committed to Justice, Winning for Our Clients
Coping with the death of loved one caused by another's negligence is painful and challenging, but you don't have to go through it alone. At Marasco & Nesselbush, our attorneys provide each and every one of our clients with the kindness and effective legal assistance that they need and deserve. With our many years of experience successfully handling a wide range of wrongful death cases throughout the state of Rhode Island, including those involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other personal injury accidents, you can rely on our commitment to social, economic, and personal justice. To learn more about how we can help you obtain compensation for your losses and damages associated with the wrongful death of a loved one, please fill out a contact form or call (401) 274-7400 today.
Recent Wrongful Death Case Results
- $1.425 million - Wrongful death award secured for family of adolescent automobile accident victim
- $850,000 settlement - For the death of an unborn child due to a physician’s failure to diagnose and treat the mother’s pre-eclampsia
- $819,000 award - After trial to parents of infant who died after being misdiagnosed and discharged by hospital Emergency Department physician
- $760,000 wrongful death judgment - Following jury verdict against a dentist based on his failure to diagnose and treat infection
- $500,000 (insurance policy limit) - Wrongful death claim results in recovery on behalf of man killed in automobile accident
- Successfully resolved - Wrongful death claim against primary care physician and physician’s assistant; defendants failed to properly read electrocardiogram (EKG) and failed to diagnose heart attack in elderly woman
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