Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit against a Business


Are you grieving over the death of a loved one? Did the neglect and carelessness of a business entity cause it?  Does the thought of taking legal action to redress his death aggrieve and intimidate you? Do you want to take action against these entities?   

You can definitely take action. There have been a lot of instances when individuals successfully sued large businesses for wrongful death.  However, it would be prudent to engage the services of a Portland wrongful death attorney for this. But before you do so, it would be best to understand several things.

The responsibility of businesses to their employees and the public

Business has the responsibility of protecting their employees’ safety and well-being. There are labor laws ensuring that employers provide a safe and healthful workplace for their workers.  These laws also aim to reduce injury or death caused by consumer products, vehicles, drugs, food, medical, and cosmetic devices.    There are also laws regulating industry-specific activities.

When can you sue a business for wrongful death?

You can file a wrongful death lawsuit against a business entity for the following instances:

  • Car Accidents

A fact sheet published by the World Health Organization reveals that road or traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of death among people aging from 15 to 29 years old. In addition, almost half of these road victims are “vulnerable road users”.  These are motorcyclists, pedestrians, and cyclists.

The study reveals speeding, driving under the influence (of alcohol, drugs, and other substances), distracted driving, unsafe infrastructure (roads or bridges), unsafe vehicles, and improper/inadequate post-crash care are the usual causes of road traffic accidents.

You can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer when the parts used or the vehicle itself is defective and cause an accident or malfunction.  In other cases, the vehicle or the part may not have provided adequate protection. Some states also allow you to file a case against bars, restaurants, and similar establishments.  They are liable if they still continue to serve alcoholic drinks to clearly intoxicated customers who eventually get involved in drunk-driving accidents.

  • Workplace Injury

You can file a lawsuit against the employer if they exhibit an intent to harm, thus leading to the death of your loved one.  You can also file a case if they acted with conscious and voluntary disregard of using reasonable care in the workplace. Furthermore, you can also sue an employer that did not provide a workman’s compensation.

  • Medical Malpractice

You can file a medical malpractice suit if the hospital is neglectful. The hospital is liable if the cause of death is a nursing error, administrative mistake, or inadequate supplies and facilities.

  • Premises Owners’ Liability

The business owner has the obligation to ensure the safety of people who set foot in their property.  You can also file a wrongful death claim if unsafe property conditions caused your loved one’s death. Unsafe conditions include wet or greasy floors, icy steps, loose railings, and broken stairs.  A Portland wrongful death attorney can help you in determining whether it is the property owner or the establishment owner who should take responsibility for it.

Ask for help

A Portland wrongful death attorney can help you get redress for the death of your loved one.  Your attorney can help you in making these businesses face up to their obligations.