Causes of Wrongful Death

COMMON CAUSES OF WRONGFUL DEATH

Wrongful death can occur as a result of many circumstances. Most commonly Car Accidents and Medical Malpractice are the primary causes of wrongful death. However, wrongful death can also occur as a result of Product Malfunction or Defect, Workplace Accidents, or Construction Accidents.

While there are many causes of wrongful death, one thing is always true when it comes to your wrongful death case. In order for a death to be considered wrongful, it must come as a result of misconduct or negligence by a person, entity or company.

Car Accidents

Wrongful death can occur in a variety of ways as a result of a Car Accident. The most common cause is a collision with another automobile. The other driver may have been driving recklessly, or perhaps was intoxicated when the accident occurred. At times a Car Accident may occur as a result of a roadway defect, or debris leftover from an improvement project or emergency situation. Finally, the automobile itself may be the cause of the accident. Faulty vehicle parts have resulted in countless wrongful deaths around the nation due to tires bursting, airbags failing, and brakes malfunctioning. All of these circumstances can be considered negligence and will factor heavily into your wrongful death case.

Medical Malpractice

There are many scenarios in which Medical Malpractice can result in a wrongful death. A surgeon may botch a surgery. There have been recorded cases of surgeons leaving tools inside a patient after surgery for example, which later led to serious complications for the patient. Often a wrongful death case as a result of Medical Malpractice is a simple case of negligence. A doctor may fail to diagnose or misdiagnose a deadly illness. A wrongful death may also occur as a result of being released from a hospital or hospice too early. Proving that medical negligence led to a wrongful death often requires the testimony of medical experts and a thorough examination of medical records.

Workplace Accidents

Accidents in the workplace are a common cause of wrongful death. Generally, these break down into two different types of worksites, construction or building type worksites, or retail and warehouse type worksites. Faulty equipment and failure to adhere to safety regulations are hazards that can be encountered in every kind of work location and are the most common reasons for injuries that result in wrongful death litigation.

Defective Products

Product manufacturers have a responsibility to consumers when it comes to the safety of their products. Generally, there are three major types of product liability. These are design defects, manufacturers defects, and a failure to warn consumers of defects. Any of these circumstances can result in a wrongful death.

 

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