What you need to know about the situations that most often lead to wrongful death lawsuits
Deaths are extremely hard for families involved, but they can be even more difficult when caused by someone’s carelessness. Wrongful death occurs when an individual’s death is directly caused by the wrongful act or negligence of either a person or business.
Wrongful deaths can be caused by numerous factors and situations. The following are among the most common types of wrongful death cases:
When it comes to wrongful death, car accidents are the most common cause because of both the number of drivers and how often people drive. There are over 16 million drivers in Florida, and the Sunshine State averages hundreds of car crashes per day. Those crashes lead to thousands of fatalities every year.
The vast majority of car accident fatalities are the result of at least one driver’s negligence, whether due to speeding, reckless driving, not paying attention to the road or driving under the influence. If any of these apply, the negligent driver can be liable for the deaths of anyone else involved in the accident including other drivers and passengers.
If the accident occurred due to road issues, then the city or county may be liable. There are also situations in which an accident occurred and neither driver was negligent, although these are few and far between.
The vast majority of doctors and nurses are highly skilled, but they’re still human and mistakes happen. These mistakes can occur when medical personnel cut corners, don’t follow the correct procedures or simply miss something.
When it comes to medical malpractice, the most common wrongful death causes are either misdiagnosis of a condition or failure to diagnose a condition. Errors during surgery and when treating conditions are also common causes of wrongful death in the medical field.
Accidents at Work
Occupations with higher risk, such as dangerous manual labor and construction jobs, have higher instances of workplace fatalities, but a wrongful death can occur at the office or even outside work if the employer puts an employee in a dangerous situation. One notable example of the latter situation is a nurse who forced to work multiple 12-hour shifts and then ended up in a fatal car accident on the way home due to exhaustion.
If a person dies because of a defective product, the manufacturer of the product is held liable. Product liability is one reason why manufacturers spend so much time testing products and making sure they’re safe. Some of the most common examples of this type of wrongful death include defective pharmaceutical products, toxic foods, unsafe products designed for children and defective automobiles.
While still considered an automobile accident, semi-truck accidents occupy a category of their own because of a few key differences. For one, semi-trucks are so much larger than other vehicles that they are more likely to cause death in the case of an accident. The most common causes of semi-truck accidents are also different, as these accidents tend to be the result of driving with an oversized load, mechanical issues with the truck, and driver error such as aggressive driving, losing control of the truck or driving while fatigued.
Accidents involving pedestrians are more likely to cause fatalities because pedestrians don’t have any protection. Driver negligence is the most common cause of these accidents, although the city or county may be liable in situations where the driver couldn’t see the pedestrian due to a lack of visible pedestrian walkways.
Aviation accidents are rare, but when they do occur, they often result in a large number of fatalities. The most common causes of aviation accidents are mechanical issues with the airplane and pilot errors. For the former, the airline or airplane manufacturer is held liable. For the latter, the pilot is at fault.
If your family has suffered a wrongful death, you don’t have to seek compensation alone. Our Tampa personal injury lawyers at Lorenzo & Lorenzo are prepared to take on your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.