If you have lost someone dear to you as a result of the negligent, reckless or criminal actions of another individual, it is imperative that you retain the immediate representation of Henry & Williams, P.C. Attorneys at Law. When you secure our representation, you can be confident that you will receive the supportive assistance that you deserve. We are dedicated to providing each of our clients with top-notch and customized legal representation. Choosing the right attorney may make all the difference in the outcome of your case. With our extensive experience and track record of success, you can be confident that we are the right choice. We will treat you with the care and respect that you deserve every step of the way.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were 30,196 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2010 and the average number of deaths per year going back to 2000 was 36,377. Of those 30,196 people killed in 2010, the Missouri State Highway Patrol records confirm that 821 people died in Missouri auto accidents. According to a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine as many as 98,000 people die every year as a result of preventable medical errors - three times the number of people killed each year in motor vehicle crashes.
Most often, wrongful death claims are made in cases of extreme accidents. It is not uncommon for a case involving medical malpractice to also include a wrongful death claim if a victim's life was lost as a result of medical negligence to any degree. Nor is it uncommon for car accidents – especially drunk driving accidents – to focus on wrongful death as well. These are incidents in which a person's life was wrongly lost through the negligent and / or reckless behaviors of another. As such, these are cases of personal injury law that most suitably fit the need for a wrongful death claim to be made as well.
Other instances in which a wrongful death claim can be appropriately made include occupational exposures to hazardous materials or extremely unsafe working conditions. Typically, construction zones, which are inherently unsafe and leave workers susceptible to many dangerous situations, are cited in wrongful death claims. Criminal activity as well as legal activity that was supervised can be cause for wrongful death claims as well, assuming that a person's life was wrongfully taken in the process.