5 Most Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average American lifespan is just under 80 years, and there are over 2.7 million deaths annually. That equates to approximately 844 deaths per 100,000 U.S. residents. Diseases and chronic health conditions top the list for the most common reasons for early fatalities, and that’s not surprising. After all, it’s no secret that poor lifestyle choices lead to poor health and often irreversible disease.
But while death is part of life and simply can’t be avoided regardless of how fast you might be able to run, a Michigan wrongful death accident is another matter altogether. Unfortunately, there are almost 150,000 fatalities annually from unintentional accidents–many of which could have been avoided altogether. But what are the most common types of wrongful death claims?

Unlawful Acts and Criminal Activity

Not all theft or criminal activity centers solely around merchandise or money. Human beings often get in the way. That may be due to an occupational hazard, the act of a good Samaritan, or simply an accidental situation in every context. But regardless, a wrongful death from criminal activity not only is distressing via loss of companionship and mental or emotional anguish, it can also affect the plaintiff financially in multiple ways. They can include medical bills, property damage, lost earnings, and ongoing financial expenses.

Product Liability

The term product liability refers to the legal responsibility of any parties connected to the manufacturing of any defective product. These liabilities can include design, manufacturing, and marketing defects. These claims are taken seriously by courts as manufacturers have a legal and moral responsibility to the public to provide safe products. If the items in question are proven to be harmful or even fatal, the responsible parties are held accountable and the financial outcome may be significant for the plaintiff.

Accidents in the Workplace

Almost 3 million workplace injuries occur annually, and many are serious. But several thousand work accidents result in fatalities. A fatal workplace accident can involve falls, an explosion, burns, asbestos, long-term exposure to chemicals or dangerous materials, and other dangerous incidents or conditions. Construction sites, manufacturing plants, and mining operations are common environments for these claims due the materials and equipment used as well as the potentially dangerous physical job requirements.

Medical Malpractice and Negligence

Medical care providers are human, but they’re trained well enough for the general public to quite literally trust them with their lives. Unfortunately, unacceptable practices or cut corners sometimes occur causing serious problems or even fatalities. This type of negligence is known as medical malpractice, and it’s the third leading cause of death in America. Medical malpractice includes defective equipment, wrong medication prescriptions, multiple types of neglect, and unnecessary errors. When that neglect results in death, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim.

Automobile Accidents

Almost 40,000 people Americans die annually due to auto accidents, and many of those are completely avoidable. There’s little worse than losing a loved one via a horrific accident, drunk driver, or commercial vehicle incident. But when wrongful death occurs, surviving family members may be eligible for financial compensation from the responsible parties. While it won’t bring your loved one back, a competent wrongful death attorney may be able to help ease the burden of impending future financial strain.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average American lifespan is just under 80 years, and there are over 2.7 million deaths annually. That equates to approximately 844 deaths per 100,000 U.S. residents. Diseases and chronic health conditions top the list for the most common reasons for early fatalities, and that’s not surprising. After all, it’s no secret that poor lifestyle choices lead to poor health and often irreversible disease.
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