The term “wrongful death” may be misunderstood when filing a lawsuit. Many people assume that if someone is killed in an accident, there can automatically be a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or group responsible for the accident. Although this is often the case, there are times when wrongful death suits are inappropriate or impossible. Additionally, there may be damages that are granted in some wrongful death lawsuits but not in others. In order to fully understand what a wrongful death lawsuit is and how it applies to any given situation, it is helpful to look at the facts and laws surrounding the term.
Whenever someone dies in an accident, it can be difficult to assign blame. After all, most people have no intention of harming someone else when they take actions that lead to a fatal accident. However, under the law, certain types of accidents can be deemed as wrongful deaths, depending on their cause. If your loved one has been lost to a fatal injury caused by an accident, it is important to know if you have the right to recover compensation from the person or entity that caused the death.
While mistakes can be made by anyone – including trained professionals – the consequences can often be deadly.
When someone loses his or her life because of someone else’s negligence, surviving family members often have no other option than to file a wrongful death lawsuit to cover a host of expenses, including medical bills, lost income, burial and funeral expenses and the emotional cost of unexpectedly losing a loved one.
In mid-June, the family of a Duke Energy worker who lost his life while on the job was awarded more than $27 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. In this issue, we’ll talk about the case, and share information about wrongful death lawsuits in Alaska. The Case at a Glance The 43-year-old victim worked as … Read more
The family of a girl struck and killed by a taxi near a beach has settled their wrongful death case with the City of Los Angeles for $9.5 million. During negotiations, it was proven the city failed to take steps to protect pedestrian beach goers from traffic. In this issue, we’ll talk about what happened. … Read more
The husband of Jim Carrey’s late girlfriend has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the actor/funnyman stemming from her suicide last year. The case, however, may be a difficult one to win. We’ll tell you why here.
What Happened To Jim Carrey’s Girlfriend?
Cathriona White dated Carrey for a couple of years even though she was married to Mark Burton at the time. In fact, she and Burton married in 2013. Tragically, she took her own life in September 2015 by taking a host of different prescription medications.
The family of a man who died in a jail cell has been awarded $900,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit. A Bethel jury originally awarded the family $1 million, but the amount was reduced by 20 percent because of an error in instructions to the jury.
During the case, it was revealed that Hooper Bay Police Department policy called for officers
to check on the man’s condition every five minutes while in custody. Records revealed, however, he was checked on twice in 38 minutes. What were the officers doing? Two of them owned up to reading Facebook rather than checking on the victim.
According to data released by Alaska’s Division of Risk Management, Alaska has shelled out almost $3 million to settle claims by prison inmates and their families over the last decade for wrongful deaths. News reports say that new claims are sure to follow based upon perceived systematic problems in Alaska’s prison system. In this article, we’ll discuss how wrongful death claims are handled in the Last Frontier State.
Wrongful Death Claims in Alaska
A wrongful death suit can be brought forth in Alaska when a person’s death is caused as a direct result of neglect or carelessness of someone else. For example, if a person dies as a result of medical malpractice, motor vehicle or slip-and-fall accident, the victim’s family or estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit.