Home is supposed to be a haven from all harm and the one place you can feel secure. Ironically, a vast number of people have lost their lives due to accidents within their home premises. From slip and fall accidents that meet tragic ends to gas leaks that cause fatal outcomes, the list of home accidents is anything but short.
The most amusing thing about most home accidents is that they can be easily mitigated. In some cases, the accidents would not have happened if all the responsible parties played their part in terms of the necessary safety measures that should be in place. Losing your loved one to a home accident can be difficult. You may be unsure about what to do after the wrongful death of your loved one.
Here is all you need to know about dealing with a wrongful death caused by a home accident.
Types of accidents that can cause wrongful death
Slip and fall accidents
One of the most common accidents in premises is slip and fall accidents. Whereas some of them are random accidents that you cannot prevent, others result from the negligence of the premises’ staff and owners. As trivial as slip and fall accidents may seem at face value, they have the potential to cause fatal accidents that may result in death.
If your loved one died from a slip and fall accident, you can file a wrongful death claim against the building owner. This, however, applies in cases whereby the slip and fall resulted from the owner’s negligence.
Defective products could lead to very tragic deaths if one is not careful. Many children in America have died because of house appliances or furniture that has tipped over and killed them. Such items include TVs, dressers, and fridges.
Swimming pool accidents and electrical fires
If your loved one died in a pool or an electrical fire that could have been prevented by the management in charge, you could sue them for the death.
Steps to Take After a Wrongful Death by a Home Accident
Establish the cause of death
To have a wrongful death claim, you need to prove that the death would have been prevented if the responsible party was not negligent of their duty. This means that you have to establish the cause of the accident that led to your loved one’s death. If it was a slip and fall, is there something different that the management would have done to avert the crisis? If not, then you have no basis for your claim.
File your case as soon as possible
Please do not wait until it is too late before filing your case. If you do, you risk losing crucial evidence that may support your claim. You also risk losing your chance to file a lawsuit if you do not file it within the required period.
Document all evidence
At every step of the way, you need to remember that there is no case without the requisite evidence. Therefore, you will find it helpful to safely store all the evidence linked to the case at every stage. These include hospital records, financial statements, pictures, and other documentation related to the accident and the funeral costs.
Why you need an attorney
While grieving the death of a loved one, the last thing you need is to engage in confrontations with the people guilty for causing your agony. Hiring a wrongful death attorney will help you focus on your grieving process and put your life together without worrying about getting justice for your loved one’s death. A seasoned attorney is the best shot you have at getting compensated for the pain and adverse effects of your loved one’s demise.