Last week, a staffer to US Senator Mark Kirk died from complications that arose about a month after she was the victim of a hit and run accident in the DC area. According to a report by 4 NBC Washington, Lisa Radogno, daughter of Republican leader Senator Christine Radogno, was injured last month when she was crossing at a crosswalk. She sustained injuries to her knee and wrist but returned home from the hospital and then took a short leave before coming back to work for another senator as an executive assistant.
Evidently, Ms. Radogno died last week of a massive pulmonary embolism, a condition that was allegedly caused by the accident about one month earlier. The driver of the hit and run accident was never arrested because police have yet to locate him.
Hit and Run Accidents in the DC Area
Unfortunately, this is not the first—nor will it be the last—hit and run accident in the DC area. Each year, there are several deaths that are caused by hit and run accidents in the DC area. While this accident is slightly different because the victim didn’t die until almost a month after the accident from complications, the hit and run driver can still be held legally responsible for the death.
Liability When an Accident Victim Dies Other than Right After the Accident
In many fatal car accidents, the victim of the accident dies within hours or days of the fatal crash. However, that is not always the case. In some situations, like the one described above, the victim lives for months before succumbing to his or her injuries.
The mere fact that an accident victim’s death does not occur immediately after the impact does not negate the negligent driver’s liability for the accident. In fact, as long as a plaintiff brings a claim before the statute of limitations has run out, and they can prove that the death of their loved one was caused by the defendant, a DC personal injury plaintiff can bring the suit whenever they realize the fatal effects of the accident on their loved one.
Have You Lost a Loved One in a Fatal DC Accident?
If you have recently lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to monetary damages to compensate you for your loss. This may be the case even if it has been months after the accident that caused your loved one’s death. To find out more about the laws in Washington DC that allow for the loved ones of accident victims to recover on their behalf, and to speak to a dedicated Washington DC personal injury lawyer, contact the personal injury firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The skilled and dedicated lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen have years of experience recovering for injured Washingtonians and know what it takes to bring a winning suit. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 today to schedule your free initial consultation.
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