In Montana and Wyoming, the wrongful death attorneys at Stinson Law Group have seen many tragic examples of how negligence and thoughtlessness can lead to death. However, few instances seem as wasteful and avoidable as those deaths that occur because corporate leadership attempted to reduce costs by shortcutting safety measures.
The recent outbreak of Listeria caused by a contaminated batch of imported ricotta salata cheese could turn out to be an example of corporate profits gained at an unacceptable price. The contaminated food, imported from Italy, led to hospitalization of at least 20 people and the death of five people, including an unborn infant. According to news reports, Forever Cheese, Inc. imported the cheese from an Italian cheese producer who is now banned from exporting to the United States until they prove their cheese is not contaminated.
While we’ve not yet seen any official reports indicating that this is what happened, factory level food contamination often occurs because safety measures were not put in place or were ignored. Since we know that technology is available to prevent food contamination, keeping costs low is the usual motivator for failing to implement or maintain the required safety procedures. Sometimes employee negligence is the primary cause behind lack of precaution, but even this is often traceable to corporate production quotas that push workers to speed up production and skipping safety procedures seems to be a convenient way to achieve increased speed.
Losing a loved one to corporate negligence is extremely painful and difficult, and it is almost impossible to achieve closure when the death was avoidable. Unlike a murder, in which the murderer can be sentenced to prison, a corporation can’t be imprisoned. The victim’s survivors do not get the satisfaction of seeing the guilty party serve time. The only recourse available to survivors of wrongful death victims when a corporation is involved is a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death tort usually seeks to achieve five objectives:
Although money can never replace a loved one, a successful wrongful death suit can provide closure for survivors in a couple of ways. First, since profits are often the chief motivator behind a corporation’s misconduct, it makes sense to hit them where it hurts and do damage to their bottom line. Ideally, a negligent corporation changes their policies and safety measures to avoid feeling that pain in the future. Knowing that a lawsuit may save future lives is also very fulfilling for many survivors. Lastly, the healing process is often less painful and more effective when the surviving family of a wrongful death victim knows that their loved one’s death can make the community safer.
Get help from a wrongful death attorney in Wyoming or Montana
The personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Stinson Law Group have extensive experience trying wrongful death cases against corporations and recovering damages related to the loss of a loved one due to corporate negligence. If you’ve lost a loved one because a company took shortcuts for the sake of its bottom line, Stinson Law Group can help you hold the responsible company accountable. Call the personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Stinson Law Group toll free today for a free consultation: (888) 527-6090.