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How negligence factors into different wrongful death cases

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2015 | Wrongful Death

One of the key things to remember about a wrongful death case in Illinois is that negligence is often the reason for the death. This means that another person could have prevented the death, had he or she done more or taken appropriate action, but didn’t. Therefore, the party is guilty of aiding in the death, though he or she never intended for it to happen.

This can show up in different ways in different cases. For example, if a loved one was killed while at work, you may see that the negligence came from the employer. Perhaps the company did not have proper safety devices in place, and, had they bought and installed those devices, the death never could have happened.

This can also come about in recreational accidents. If someone passes away while bungee jumping because the line breaks, for instance, the company that runs the jumping station may be at fault. Perhaps they did not check over the equipment often enough, or perhaps they did not replace equipment that was clearly too old to work.

With car accidents, negligence is often seen a bit differently; the very way that a person drives can be negligent. For example, he or she may have been speeding, driving far faster than the posted limit. The driver did not intend to cause an accident, but the excessive and unnecessary speed endangered everyone else on the road.

Have you lost someone in your family in a tragic situation, and do you want to know more about your rights to compensation? If so, please take a closer look at our wrongful death page today.