Types Of Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful Death
Wrongful Death

The death of a person that has happened by the negligent actions of another person is defined as wrongful death. It is included in the grey area between murder and accident that caused non-life threatening injuries.  To be held liable for causing wrongful death, it has to be proved that the accused had the duty to take care of the deceased but they failed in the duty.

Here is a list of common types of wrongful death cases.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of the drivers due to which they failed to take notice of the motorcyclists riding close to their vehicle. In some cases, motorcyclist accidents may also be caused by riders crashing due to multiple defects on the road.

Motorcyclist might suffer the following injuries in motorcycle accidents:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis

In many cases, the insurance of the motorcyclists does not cover their accident expenses, necessitating the assistance of a wrongful death attorney.

Car Accidents

Car accidents claim a number of lives every year and the people who survive might suffer serious injuries that affect throughout the rest of their lives. Car accidents are usually caused by:

  • Speeding
  • Road defects
  • Auto defects
  • careless driving
  • over speed
  • Drunken driving

Workplace Accidents  

Negligence from the part of employers, who have the responsibility to keep their employees safe, cause many workplace accidents including:

  • Manufacturing accidents
  • Railroad injuries
  • Accidents in the transportation industry
  • Towboat accidents

Only in some cases, the family of the deceased will have to approach the court for compensation because they receive compensation through the worker’s compensation system in most of the cases.

Defective Products

It is the duty of manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe for public use but if the products are unsafe the company will be held responsible. Examples of defective products that lead to wrongful deaths include:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Defective vehicles
  • Dangerous toys
  • Toxic food containers

Medical Malpractice

When medical professionals like doctors and nurses fail in following the right treatment procedures, people might get killed. Some examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Wrong diagnosis
  • Defective medical devices
  • Lack of consent from the patients
  • Delayed treatment
  • Birth injury
  • Surgical errors

The wrongful death of a family member who supported the family financially causes the family to struggle for financial assistance in addition to the emotional loss they had to suffer due to the death of the loved one. The settlement made in a wrongful death claim covers for all the losses the persons related to the decedent had to suffer.

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