Wrongful death is a term used to describe a situation where a person’s death is caused by the actions of another. In order to prove that someone has been wrongfully killed, they must show that the defendant owed the victim a legal duty and violated it or was negligent in performing their duties. To prove another person’s negligence and assist you through the legal process, hiring an experienced and knowledgeable Wyoming personal injury lawyer is highly recommended.
A wrongful death is when someone dies due to the neglect or wrongdoing of another individual or business. In order to be found guilty of wrongful death, the plaintiff must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant’s actions were a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s injuries. The common causes of wrongful death in Wyoming include automobile collisions, workplace accidents, and medical malpractice.
Let us look further into the common causes of wrongful death in Wyoming.
- Motor vehicle accidents
Every year, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans. These deaths often go unrecognized and unreported because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) registers only an estimated 54% of motor vehicle fatalities. Furthermore, due to Wyoming’s size and sparse population, wrongfully-fatal car accidents are peculiarly commonplace in rural areas.
- Medical malpractices
Withholding or misdiagnosing vital information can be devastating for the people you care about the most. Medical malpractice is a serious issue that can often lead to wrongful death. Last year, 9 out of 10 people who died due to medical malpractice were under 65 years old. This statistic does not even account for those who were injured by their doctor’s negligence.
- Workplace accidents
Death is never easy, but it can happen at work. States across the country are taking steps to protect the public from wrongful death in the workplace. Wyoming has enacted “Sara’s Law,” which requires employers to provide safety instruction for each employee upon hire and annually thereafter. The law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who report an injury or other unsafe condition. While no one wishes for injury or death on the job, it does happen.
- Criminal acts
The death of a loved one is never easy, but the experience can be more painful if their death occurs as a result of criminal acts. In Wyoming, someone who is wrongfully killed may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the person or people responsible for their loved one’s death. Negligence must be proven, and the victim must have been alive when the injury occurred.