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Proximity to medical centers could lead to a wrongful death case 

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Wrongful Death

There’s often a very fine line between an incident that leads to severe injuries and one that leads to a wrongful death. For example, if someone causes a car accident, they have made the exact same mistake, whether or not someone in the other vehicle passes away. But outside factors could be what determine whether or not this actually happens.

One such issue is simply the proximity to a hospital. For example, say that someone causes a car accident and the other driver suffers a wound that leads to blood loss. If this happened on a city street and the hospital was only a few minutes away, an ambulance will be on the scene almost right away and the person could get treatment at the hospital.

However, say that the exact same accident took place on a rural road that was 40 minutes from the nearest hospital. Remote accidents also may not be discovered nearly as quickly, so it takes longer for the emergency teams to arrive and far longer to transport the injured party to the medical center. In the first case, the person may live and make a full recovery. In the second, they may pass away and start a wrongful death case.

Can you seek financial compensation?

This helps to illustrate how complex the situation can be and how many different factors may all contribute to the outcome of the crash. Other things that make fatal injuries more likely include size differences between the vehicles or excessive speeding.

If you have lost a loved one in one of these accidents, you may need to look into how to seek financial compensation. Nothing can bring the person back, but compensation can help your family through this stressful time by covering funeral costs, lost wages, lost future earnings, medical bills and much more.