When a Honolulu resident chooses to pursue their losses from an injury or accident that was caused by another person, they must meet certain elements in order to prove their case. For example, they must identify the party or parties that caused the victim to suffer damages and build a case that shows how the responsible parties’ actions were the cause of the event that led to the victim’s losses. Put simply, a victim must show that the party they have identified is responsible for the harm inflicted upon them.
There are many causes on which wrongful death claims may be based. A wrongful death claim may arise from a fatal vehicle accident or an accident involving common carrier, such as an airplane crash or bus accident. A wrongful death may result if a doctor engages in substandard medical practices and causes a patient’s death through their professional negligence.
A wrongful death can also result during the commission of a crime. For example, if a person is during an assault or battery, then their death may be considered wrongful in the civil courts. Wrongful death claims may also come from accidents where the victims were under the supervision or care of others at the times of their deaths.
This post only touches upon a few of the many causes of wrongful deaths. The diverse array of situations that may lead to fatal accidents is expansive and victims of these devastating tragedies can feel hopeless when they begin the process of figuring out their rights. Seeking the assistance of attorneys who are committed to serving personal injury clients can help grieving families work toward protecting their legal options and pursuing possible wrongful death claims.