What Are the Leading Causes of Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death is a claim against a person or entity such as a business that can be held liable for a death. This type of case is a civil action, usually brought by close relatives of the deceased.

State statute specifies the relatives who may recover damages in a wrongful death case. For Florida, they include the spouse of the deceased, children, parents, or any adopted siblings or blood relatives who are partially or completely dependent on the decedent for support.

Note that not every death is wrongful - only one where the death occurs because of the wrongful acts or negligence of others.

The leading causes of wrongful death in the U.S. are:

Auto accidents are the most common and include pedestrian accidents as well as those with impaired, aggressive or distracted drivers.

Truck accidents may be complicated and can involve the driver's insurance company in arriving at settlements, if an independent contractor.

Construction and other work-related accidents including fire, explosion or machine-related accidents. A deceased worker who received inadequate training, worked with faulty equipment or was exposed to an unsafe work environment may have died because of workplace negligence.

Bicycle accidents where riders are particularly vulnerable to harm because of the bicycles' low visibility and small size. An accident with larger vehicles can result in injury or wrongful death.

Medical malpractice occurs when physicians and other professionals fail to exhibit a "reasonable duty of care" to patients. In the event of death due to misdiagnosis, surgical error, emergency room error, delayed diagnosis and prescription drug error, they may be liable for medical malpractice. Hospitals and other facilities may also be found negligent depending on the circumstances.

Defective products may cause death when the product is misrepresented, manufactured in a faulty process or there is inadequate warning of the potential for injury or death.

Other types of wrongful death include criminal acts, drowning, premises liability (including slip and fall), and boat and airplane accidents.

Not every death is wrongful, but if you believe that the death of a family member was due to negligence, please let us pursue compensation for your loss.

We Can Get You Compensation for a Wrongful Death Loss

If you have lost a family member due to negligence, you need an attorney with experience in wrongful death cases. We will work hard for you and pursue compensation for damages including lost wages, medical bills, lost earnings capacity and pain and suffering. Please call The Francis Law Group for a free consultation. Attorney Tony Francis, personal injury attorney in Orlando, will fight to get you the compensation that you and your family deserve. You can reach us at 407-363-9939 or contact us via the website.