Causes of Wrongful Death

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Wrongful death is a civil action taken by the family of someone killed my another party's negligent or reckless behavior. This kind of personal injury lawsuit can be filled against business, individuals or even the government. Below are the most frequent cause of death when a wrongful death lawsuit is filed. Dangerous/Defective Drugs Pharmaceutical companies have chosen not to notify the FDA, physicians and consumers of dangerous defects in their drugs. When a company knowingly hide serious side effects are liable for the consequences. FDA approval does not relieve a company of its responsibility to the consumer, nor does it protect the company from potential lawsuits. When the effects of defective drugs lead to premature death, a wrongful death suit may be filed. Defective Products Product liability lawsuits can involve any product, even of they have not yet been recalled. When a product defect results in death, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. A company's failure to recognize a defect in one of its products–or to report that defect to retailers and consumers–is grounds for a lawsuit. Medical Malpractice Doctors, nurses and other health care providers are held to standard of care. This applies to diagnosis and treatment. This standard is to enable the medical community to monitor negligence; it is also a good indicator for a wrongful death lawsuit. Missing a diagnosis, failure to treat a diagnosed issue properly or not treating an issue are all action that have been liable. Toxic Exposure and Poisoning Oil and chemical company employees are routinely exposed to danger materials. Companies are required to provide adequate training and recommended protective equipment to minimize the risk. Toxic exposure, also known as industrial exposure, can lead to devastating illnesses and diseases, including respiratory disease, blindness, hearing loss, mesothelioma and other types of cancer. By the time people know they are ill, it is often too late to treat. Toxic exposure leading to death may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Types of Wrongful Death Accidents

Frequent causes of death in wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • Negligent drivers or defective vehicles account for thousands of accidents and injuries each year resulting in death. The most common type of personal injury claim, car accidents often occur due to negligence on the part of one of the drivers.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of death among children and can occur in as little as two inches of water. Drownings in pools and other bodies of water are the result of negligence.
  • SUVs have a higher chance of rolling over than any other type of motor vehicle. Measures that force SUV manufacturers to produce safer vehicles have been put in place, but new defects are discovered daily.
  • Vans, especially 15-passenger vans, are also more likely to roll over than other types of motor vehicles. Unfortunately 15-passenger vans are often used to transport children to and from church, sporting events and other recreational activities.
  • ATV accidents are on the rise, particularly among children.
  • Bus accidents are also becoming more common. Many of these accidents involve tour bus operators who have worked extensive hours. The widespread lack of seat belts in buses – including school buses – is another source of many bus accident injuries.
  • Boating accidents represent yet another type of motor vehicle accident that is on the rise. Common causes of boating accidents include alcohol, carelessness, reckless operation, excessive speed and operator inattention.

Charleston Wrongful Death Lawyers If you lost a loved one, it is very important that you contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. You have a limited time to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact the Clore Law Group today to speak to an experienced attorney regarding your loss.

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