Common Types of Wrongful Death
Houston wrongful death attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman explain the most common kinds of wrongful death claims and how each case requires a unique approach.
Paralyzing grief and heartbreak are normal reactions any time a family unexpectedly loses a loved one, regardless of what caused the accident. However, there are various types of wrongful death claims - each requiring a unique approach depending on the individual scenario and causes for the tragedy.
Continue reading below to learn about the six most common wrongful death scenarios.
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1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
A car accident death is reported every 12 minutes in the U.S., making fatal traffic accidents the most common type of wrongful death case. In the wake of a deadly car accident, truck accident or motorcycle crash, the victim's family is forced to deal with medical bills that pile up and reduced household income - all while trying to grieve and get accustomed to life without their loved one. Fatal motor vehicle accidents are commonly caused by:
2. Pedestrian Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 4,735 pedestrian fatalities in 2013 due to pedestrian-vehicle collisions. Since a person on foot is completely unprotected when they are hit by a moving vehicle, the injuries from pedestrian accidents are often severe and deadly. Common catastrophic injuries resulting from these scenarios include:
3. Bicycle Accidents
In 2014, 726 individuals were reported to be killed in bicycle accidents in the U.S. Like pedestrians, bicyclists have little protection during a collision with a vehicle which often results in serious injury or death.
Bicycle accidents can be caused by negligence on the part of the cyclist or another driver, or both, as well as potholes or other dangerous road defects. Defective bicycle equipment can also result in the serious injury or death of a bicyclist. All of these causes may warrant a wrongful death claim.
4. Industrial & Workplace Accidents
Wherever you work, your employer has a legal responsibility to provide safe environment. OSHA, the federal agency tasked with making sure employers obey this rule, reported that 4,821 workers were killed on the job in 2014 - on average, more than 92 a week or more than 13 deaths every day. The most dangerous professions based on workplace fatality rate include:
5. Defective Products
A majority of manufacturers take all the appropriate steps to ensure their product is safe for public consumption and use. Nevertheless, thousands of defective products slip through the cracks each year, some resulting in serious injury or death to the consumer. In such cases, a manufacturer can be held liable under product liability law. Common categories of defective products include:
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Children's toys
- Cribs and bedding
- Toxic food & food products
6. Medical Malpractice
We trust doctors, physicians and medical staff with one of the most important things of all: our health. However, healthcare specialists are human too and can make mistakes. When a medical error leads to the death of a patient, wrongful death has occurred. Common medical malpractice causes that result in wrongful death include:
- Birth trauma
- Delayed or improper treatment
- Lack of informed consent
- Pharmaceutical mistakes
- Surgical errors
- Defective medical devices
Get Expert Legal Help from a Wrongful Death Law Firm
While these scenarios listed above are certainly not the only ways wrongful death can occur, they are the most common. If you have lost a loved one due to negligence, it is important to discuss your case with a qualified wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to determine what steps to take next.
In Texas, family members only have 2 years from the date of the deadly accident to file a wrongful death claim.
Houston personal injury lawyers Neal Davis and Jed Silverman are skilled litigators with nearly 40 years of combined legal experience. We are prepared to stand with you to ensure your family receives the compensation you deserve. We understand that no amount of money will ever replace the loss of your loved one, but it can go a long way in helping you obtain closure and financial security for your family's future. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Texas wrongful death attorneys.