Common Causes of Wrongful Death Cases

Losing someone you care about is never easy. When that death is the result of someone else’s negligence, it can be even more devastating. Although nothing can bring back your loved one, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover your losses from the death, such as funeral and burial expenses and lost income. 

Here are some of the most common causes of wrongful death cases.

Car Accidents

Car accidents occur on a daily basis in North Carolina and some of them result in fatalities. Common causes of vehicle accidents include drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving. If a motorist caused a car accident that killed your family member, you may be able to sue that motorist for damages.

Medical Malpractice

Wrongful deaths can even occur in medical facilities. Doctors and other healthcare professionals owe their patients a certain duty of care. When they fail to provide that level of care and it results in a patient’s death, the patient’s family has a right to seek compensation. Medical errors that can result in death include misdiagnosis, surgical mistakes, birth injuries, defective medical products and medication errors.

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are more likely to result in fatalities than car accidents. Commercial trucks are very large and heavy vehicles, so they can severely damage anything they strike. Truck accidents can result from many causes, from speeding and drowsy driving to improperly loaded cargo and inadequate driver training.

Defective Products

Many products can be unsafe if they are not manufactured or designed properly, including pharmaceuticals and vehicles. They can even result in deaths. If your family member died after using a defective product, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer fatal injuries in accidents because they do not have the protection of a vehicle. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include speeding, drunk driving, lane splitting, unsafe lane changes and left turns.

Work Accidents

Employers have a duty to keep their workers safe. If they fail to do that, workers can suffer injuries and some of them may be fatal. Fatal work injuries can result from vehicle accidents, machine entanglements, explosions and falls.

If your family member’s death resulted from someone else’s negligence, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact a wrongful death lawyer, like one from Burton Law Firm, for assistance.