The Causes of Wrongful Death

January 30, 2017 — by Joe Horrox
Tags: Wrongful Death Personal Injury

A woman sitting next to an empty swingThe death of a loved one can be difficult to heal from, especially when a life is shortened by someone else's negligent or illegal actions. Combine the grief of losing a loved one with mounting medical costs, funeral expenses, and lost wages, the death of a loved one can have an even greater toll on a family. When the death of a family member was caused by someone else's negligence, there may be grounds to recover compensation for damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. Lawyer Joe Horrox is experienced in cases dealing with the many causes of wrongful death. Contact his Daytona Beach, FL law firm to learn more about your legal rights.

Causes of Wrongful Death

A death may be deemed wrongful when a person's life was lost due to another's negligence or misconduct. There are many possible causes of wrongful death, including:

  • Automobile accidents: Automobile accidents caused by road construction, distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, or drunk or impaired drivers can lead to wrongful deaths of other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.
  • Bicycle accidents: Bicycle accidents may be a cause of wrongful death when the accident is a result of a reckless driver or road construction.
  • Product defect: Products defects, including faulty design and manufacturing problems, can cause serious injury, sometimes death, to consumers. Companies and manufacturers who are aware of a defect but fail to take action in alerting consumers could be held liable in a wrongful death case. 
  • Criminal acts: A death caused by someone else's misconduct or illegal action, including murder, may qualify as a wrongful death.
  • Medical malpractice: A death that occurs as a result of medical malpractice, whether caused by a prescription error, surgical injury, misdiagnosis, or medical equipment malfunction, may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. 
  • Work related accident: A death that occurs in the workplace may be a wrongful death when caused by employer or company negligence. A wrongful death in the workplace may be caused by unsafe working conditions, improper training, improper maintenance of equipment, or fire. 

What to Do If You Suspect Wrongful Death

If you are the spouse, parent, or child of someone you believe to have been the victim of a wrongful death, you and your family may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Although no amount of money can ease the pain of the death of a loved one, financial compensation for a wrongful death can help recover the costs of medical bills, funeral services, and other damages. In order to determine if you have a case for a wrongful death lawsuit, it's important to contact a wrongful death attorney.

Contact Wrongful Death Lawyer Joe Horrox

While no amount of money can heal the pain of losing a loved one, wrongful death lawsuits can help surviving family members achieve a sense of closure and ease the financial burden caused by the death of a family member. If you suspect the wrongful death of a family member, you are encouraged to contact wrongful death lawyer Joe Horrox to learn more about your legal options.

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