Wrongful Death Lawyer Washington DC
The loss of a loved one is always difficult but that loss can feel even worse when it results from the negligence or recklessness of others. Wrongful death is the legal term that refers to a death resulting from a willful or negligent act of another person or entity.
Some of the most common causes of wrongful death stem from motor vehicle accidents, faulty products as well as falls. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control in 2010 found that approximately 120,000 people died as the result of an unintentional accident or injury, making it the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. As you can probably imagine, motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck and motorcycle accidents, resulted in the highest number of wrongful deaths stemming from an unintentional yet negligent act. Medical malpractice followed unintentional injury and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Ninety-eight thousand deaths each year are attributed to medical malpractice. Other causes of wrongful death in DC are considered intentional, or criminal, and include violent acts such as homicide.
No amount of money can heal the pain of losing someone but in the vast majority of cases, money is the only tool the law has for compensating people for the wrongful death of a family member. The attorneys at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. understand that. We have decades of experience representing the families of victims who have been killed through the negligence or recklessness of others. We take pride in bringing our skill, our compassion, and our zeal to these difficult, emotional cases in a direct effort to maximize the recovery for victims’ families. These cases are complex and laws regarding the statute of limitations as well as who is entitled to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for the wrongful death vary state to state and are often not clear-cut. Remember in this very difficult after a loved one’s passing it is very important that you consult very experienced attorneys as soon as you are able. Sadly, though, time is of the essence. But should you decide to consult with one of our attorneys you can rest assured that your grief will be respected and we will work relentlessly to make right the situation in the main way the law allows: monetary compensation. As with all of our service, please note that wrongful death consultations are always free of charge.