Negligence can lead to death in various ways. A fatality caused by wrongful death is one of the worst ways for someone to die because the death is unexpected. It can be hard to grieve after this type of fatality because the family may feel like they need justice and closure. When my sister died in a drunk driving accident, it took me a long time to heal. Not only did I need to heal from her death, but I had to find a way to forgive the drunk driver who killed her.
Wrongful Death and Product Liability
Many wrongful death cases result from traffic fatalities, but defective products can also kill consumers. When a defective product kills a consumer, the product manufacturer may be liable. An example of a product liability fatality occurred in North Carolina.
A young man was prescribed medication by his doctor. The doctor prescribed the medication because the man had a diagnosed condition and the drug had been approved for treatment. However, the man later died from taking the medication because the drug company didn’t test for interactions between the drug and anti-inflammatories. Without knowing the dangerous reaction, the young man took Advil with his prescription and suffered complications.
Some people may not think of pharmaceuticals as defective products. But because drugs are ingested, they have the potential to cause life-altering injuries and death. In this man’s case, the drug was defective because the drug company failed to warn consumers of a dangerous drug interaction. Drugs and other products can also be defective if manufacturers create a faulty design or make a mistake during the manufacturing process.
Filing a Lawsuit and Seeking Justice
Thankfully, the young man’s family in North Carolina was able to file a wrongful death lawsuit for what happened to him. They hired The Nye Law Group and proved negligence against the drug manufacturer. They won a settlement for funeral expenses, lost income, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Their lawsuit also helped other people and their families in the future by making it so this drug had to be properly tested and labelled for use by others.
Money can’t heal the pain of death, but it does make healing a little easier. It took me a long time to heal from the death of my sister, but now I can use my pain to identify with others in similar situations. I know everything happens for a reason. My goal now is to learn as much as possible about the wrongful death legal process. Hopefully, with the knowledge I gain, I can make a difference for someone somewhere.