What is a wrongful death?
A wrongful death is a death caused by negligence, carelessness, or other wrongdoing committed by a company or person. In cases of wrongful death, victims or beneficiaries may be entitled to some form of compensation for their loss.
What is a wrongful death investigation?
Not all wrongful death investigations begin as such. In some cases, an investigator will be conducting a homicide investigation, a suspicious death investigation, crime scene investigation, accident investigation, products liability investigation, or personal injury investigation, only to find that evidence points to wrongful death. At that point, the investigator can share his findings with the victim’s survivors so that they have all the information they need to pursue whatever legal action they decide is appropriate.
How do I know if a loved one's death was a wrongful death?
Unfortunately, it's very difficult for the average person to tell whether a death was a wrongful death or not. For example, in cases where a hospital patient is given the wrong treatment, lawyers and medical communities may argue that an existing condition caused the death. Or, in many cases, lawyers will try to make deaths look like accidents.
In most cases, evidence is needed to determine a death was a wrongful death. A knowledge of the law is also necessary to determine whether compensation for wrongful death can be awarded. A private investigator has both the investigative techniques to find evidence and knowledge of law necessary to make recommendations to clients.
What happens in a wrongful death investigation?
If you think you have a wrongful death claim and seek help from an investigator, there are several actions they may take. They may use crime scene forensics and witness testimony, accident reconstruction, and corporate investigations to find out what really occurred at the time of death. In these cases, medical investigations, background investigations, and even surveillance may be necessary to show whether someone else may have contributed to a death.
What types of wrongful death investigations are there?
Malpractice / Medical Investigations: These investigations often focus on wrongful death caused by medical negligence and incorrect medical treatment.
Workplace Investigations: Industrial accident investigations are motivated by deaths caused by company negligence or company mismanagement.
Products Liability Investigations: These investigations find wrongful deaths caused by badly-designed and poorly-tested consumer goods.
Suspicious Death Investigations / Accident Investigations / Criminal Investigations: These investigations uncover criminal responsibility for a wrongful death as well as for a crime.
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