What qualifies as wrongful death litigation?Written by Granny's Mettle
In many cases, victims are usually unable to file a lawsuit themselves, especially when that person is already deceased or suffered huge injuries. In a wrongful death case, personal representatives of estate of a deceased person are allowed to file a lawsuit against those responsible for victim's death. Liability may often arise for both negligent and intentional acts of person responsible.
Damages that may be recovered in wrongful death cases typically include medical, hospital, funeral and burial expenses. Compensation for victim's pain and suffering are also covered, during any period when victim was conscious from time of injury and death.
Losses incurred by spouse, children, or next of kin of deceased may also be recovered. These include loss of financial support, loss of service, loss of gifts or other valuable gratuities, loss of parental supervision and guidance, and loss of society and companionship.
Distribution of damages from lawsuits on wrongful deaths may be done among heirs of deceased. However, because allocation of damages is governed by statute, it is oftentimes subjected to court oversight. Courts are covered by laws of interstate succession with regards to distribution of damages. Nevertheless, they are ordinarily free to approve and award damages to certain family members who may not be legal heirs of deceased.
Hence, many cases often have family members fighting with each other on who shall have more control over representative of estate of deceased. The family member who gets more control may decide on who attorney is and will have greater influence over distribution of any award of damages.
Book Review: Toxic DeceptionWritten by Granny’s Mettle
In book, TOXIC DECEPTION, authors Dan Fagin and Marianne Lavelle talked about ways and means today's manufacturers were able to hide their "deceptive practices", and keep harmful products in market even with availability of safer and cheaper alternatives.
According to book, there are secret industry documents and internal records from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), showing how chemical industry distorted scientific studies to produce results that are according to their advantage. They have twisted facts and figures to mislead consumers on dangers of four (4) common chemicals investigated in Toxic Deception. In addition, book also told about EPA's inaction to stop these chemical manufacturers from making their products available to consumers.
At present, all four chemicals remain in market and are reported to be in wide use despite significant evidence that they cause cancer and other terrible health problems. These chemicals are usually present in pesticides commonly used in households.
The book relates that scientific studies have come out with evidence that children are more than twice as likely to acquire leukemia if pest strips have been used in their homes. Similarly, dogs have 30 percent probability of contracting lymphoma if their owners spray 2,4-D on their lawns. 2,4-D is name of most common herbicide in market.