Suicide Wrongful Death Lawyer Harrisonburg VA
Losing a loved one is always heartbreaking, but when the loss is the result of suicide, the grief families are left is devastating. The grief many families struggle with, knowing their loved one’s pain was so overwhelming they took their own life, can be profound. In many cases, the victim’s pain and emotional anguish is often triggered by experiences they have suffered at the hands of another party or parties. In these situations, Virginia law allows families of victims to pursue wrongful death lawsuits against those responsible. A suicide wrongful death lawyer Harrisonburg VA families trust from MartinWren, P.C. can help.
Suicide and Liability
According to national statistics, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in this country, responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people each year. Although by definition suicide means the taking of one’s own life, there are cases where the suicide could have been prevented if there had been intervention by others. In these cases, the law may deem the suicide a wrongful death. There are several different scenarios where this may occur, including:
- Medical Malpractice: If the victim was receiving medical treatment and the doctor failed to monitor them appropriately, the doctor could be liable for the death. For example, there are some anti-depressant medications that can trigger suicidal thoughts. This is why it is critical for doctors to monitor all patients on these medications. Another example would be a victim who is admitted to a mental health facility for treatment. Failure of medical staff to monitor a patient who then commits suicide can be deemed medically negligent.
- Institutions: Bullying has become a national epidemic and has tragically led to many children taking their own lives. Failure of the school and/or school district to intervene and stop the bullying has led to many suicide wrongful death lawsuits. Adults can also be victimized by bullying at the workplace and elsewhere. If the victim is driven to killing themselves because the company did nothing to intervene, they could be legally liable.
- Abuse: A wrongful death lawyer Harrisonburg VA victims depend on knows that people who are victims of physical or sexual abuse or assault often struggle with mental health issues. Some of these victims eventually kill themselves because their pain is too much. The perpetrator of the abuse may be held legally responsible for the victim’s suicide via a wrongful death lawsuit.
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At MartinWren, P.C., we know that no amount of money will ever make up for the death of your loved one, but we also understand that in many of these tragic situations, the criminal justice system may not get involved and the only remedy for justice a family has is through civil court action. A wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for your loved one’s suicide can also help prevent another family from going through the very same pain that your family is suffering.
If you have lost a loved one to suicide and feel that other parties are responsible, call our office to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a Harrisburg VA suicide wrongful death lawyer. We will work diligently to get you the justice your family deserves.