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Blindsided by an Unexpected Event. What Would You Do?

It’s an unsettling fact, but life-altering events have an uncanny way of coming out of nowhere to change our lives forever. What will you do when the unexpected happens?

In September 2021, a woman and her son fell to their death from the upper deck of Petco Park in downtown San Diego. The death is being investigated by homicide detectives, who are calling the incident suspicious and looking into whether anyone should be assigned blame.

In another tragic incident during what was supposed to be a family outing, a 6-year-old was killed at an amusement park in Colorado when ride operators neglected to fasten her seatbelt. The child’s death raises two questions: What about the state’s regulatory system to enforce amusement park safety? And what responsibility does a park have to its visitors?

What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful death cases allow family members to sue the negligent or malicious party responsible for the loss of life. Families could be able to recover compensation for the losses they experienced. Including pain and suffering, medical costs to treat the deceased before death, funeral fees, and other expenses related to the family’s loss. Only time will tell if either family in the cases mentioned above will win settlements, but it’s likely if a suspect or business owner is found negligent.

Wrongful death cases may be brought by the deceased’s estate to recover compensatory damages for losses suffered by the family. Parties that are eligible to sue include spouses, children, and others, depending on the situation. Contact a wrongful death attorney if you’re not sure about your eligibility.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

Fortunately, most personal injury cases do not involve wrongful death, but according to the CDC, more than 29 million people go to the emergency room for unintentional injuries each year. Some are caused by carelessness on the individual’s part, but when an unintentional injury interrupts your life because of someone else’s negligence, you should be compensated. A claim should be filed if your injury includes one of the following:

  • Car Accident
  • Slip-and-fall
  • Medical malpractice
  • Work injury
  • Premises or product liability

It’s hard to watch the news or scroll through Twitter without seeing some kind of tragic accident. The good news is that it’s sometimes possible to receive a large financial settlement if you’ve been hurt by the careless actions of another.

When to Call a Lawyer

Of course, for every settlement or jury verdict that makes the headlines, there are thousands of others that go unnoticed. It may be that a reasonable offer was made by an insurance company before the case needed to go to trial, but in reality, most personal injury cases involve a lot of legal wrangling and deliberation.

Most cases are settled out of court, but occasionally litigation is necessary. In New York, a personal injury attorney can negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company to get you the largest settlement possible or help you prepare for court if negotiations fail.

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