Accidents result in wrongful deaths and personal injuries of varying severities on a daily basis. When accidents are caused by negligence, other wrongdoing, or defective products, the responsible parties may be held liable for resultant injuries and deaths through negligence or products-liability personal-injury or wrongful-death actions.
If you have been injured or one of your family members has been killed in an accident of any kind and you have reason to suspect that the accident was caused by someone’s negligence or a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation through legal action. The Killino Firm’s San Francisco accident lawyers have significant experience with accident cases, including those arising out of injuries or deaths sustained in traffic accidents, accidents caused by defective products, and accidents caused by other negligence, including medical malpractice. Contact The Killino Firm’s San Francisco accident attorneys at 415-278-9278 for a cost-free evaluation of your case and additional information about your legal rights and options.
Liability for Accident Injuries and Deaths
Accident injuries and deaths for which compensation may be recovered through legal action are frequently caused by driver negligence, the negligence of healthcare providers and childcare workers, the carelessness of premises and business owners and managers, and dangerous and defective products, to name just a few.
Traffic-accident injuries and deaths caused by driver negligence may result in the liability of negligent drivers in personal-injury or wrongful-death actions. Drivers who violate traffic laws and rules of the road, such as traffic signals, lane-changing and turning laws, and speed limits, may be found legally responsible for accident injuries and deaths determined to have been caused by such law or rule violations. Drivers may also be held liable for injuries and deaths caused by other negligent driving behavior. Driving while under the influence of alcohol; driving while talking or texting on cell phones, eating or drinking, or engaging in other distracting activities; driving too fast for road or weather conditions; or driving aggressively may all be found to constitute negligence causal of accidents and resultant injuries and deaths, even when these activities are not in violation of applicable state laws.
When traffic accidents and/or resultant injuries are found to have been caused by defects in motor vehicles and/or motor-vehicle safety equipment, vehicle designers and manufacturers as well as others involved in vehicle production and distribution may be held strictly liable for such injuries in products-liability personal-injury or wrongful-death actions. Thus, a traffic accident and injuries found to have been caused by defective tires on one of the vehicles involved in the accident may lead to the liability of the vehicle’s designer, manufacturer, suppliers, and others in the vehicle’s chain of production and distribution for damages suffered by the plaintiff as a result.
Accidents on Dangerous Premises
Injury-causing accidents are often caused by dangerous conditions on private, business, or other premises. A hotel guest who is injured in a fall down a staircase with a railing or step in need of repair, for example, may be entitled to compensation from the hotel owner, hotel manager, and any other individual or entity responsible for hotel maintenance if the accident and resultant injury is determined to have been caused by the negligence of the hotel, its employees, or others responsible for hotel safety and premises maintenance and repair.
Accidents Caused by Other Negligence
Any type of accident caused by the negligence of another may result in the negligent person’s liability for injuries or deaths sustained in that accident. A restaurant patron’s accidental injury or death caused by food that became spoiled or adulterated due to employee negligence, for example, may result in the liability of the restaurant, its owners and managers, and any employees whose negligence caused or contributed to the injury or death. Accidents in amusement parks caused by negligent maintenance or operation of rides may result in patrons’ injuries or deaths and lead to the liability of park owners, operators, and employees for damages suffered as a result of their negligence.
The negligence of healthcare providers may be found to have caused accidental injury or death to patients. Errors made by anesthesiologists during surgery, errors in the prescription or administration of medications, and failures to timely diagnose and treat illnesses or conditions are among the many instances of medical negligence that can result in patients’ injury or death. When such injuries or deaths occur, the negligent medical professionals and the clinics and hospitals that employ them may be found liable in medical-malpractice actions for the damages suffered by the injured patients or deceased patients’ families as a result.
Accidents Caused by Defective Products
Accidents and resultant injuries and deaths are frequently caused by defects in products. Those who have been injured by dangerous and defective products may be entitled to damages through products-liability actions brought against product manufacturers and others involved in defective products’ production and distribution. If a product is found, in a products-liability personal-injury or wrongful-death action, to have been defective in its design, manufacture, or warnings, the product’s manufacturer and others may be held strictly liable for damages suffered by the injured victim or deceased victim’s family as a result of the injury or death. Thus, a plaintiff who is injured in an ATV roll-over accident found to have been caused by the ATV’s instability due to its defective design may be entitled to compensation from the ATV’s designer, manufacturer, suppliers, assembler, wholesaler, and retailer for the plaintiff’s resulting damages.
If you have been injured or one of your family members has been killed in an accident of any kind due to someone’s negligence or a defective product, The Killino Firm’s San Francisco accident attorneys are ready to fight for justice on your behalf from all those who were responsible for your injury or loved one’s death. Contact
Killino Firm at 415-278-9278 for aggressive and dedicated assistance with your accident case.