Types of Wrongful Death Accidents

Types of Wrongful Death Accidents

Most deaths usually occur as a result of something. In today’s world, only those extremely lucky die of natural causes.

Almost every action has a chance of causing death. However, when someone dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, mistreatment, breach of duty or lack of care, that is considered as wrongful death. In these cases, the surviving family members have the right to seek “compensation” for the loss of a loved one; that compensation usually involves:

  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Loss of consortium and companionship
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of potential income
  • Medical bills (fully paid, from the moment of the accident until death)

There could be several different causes of wrongful death. Here are the most common types of wrongful death accidents.

Car Accidents

The number one causes of death (and wrongful deaths) are car accidents. Every year, millions of people end up dead as a result of a car crash or collision. Car accidents occur on a daily basis, and everyone involved has a high chance of paying the ultimate price. Whether it is one of the two drivers, one of the many passengers, or even pedestrians, motorcyclists or bicyclists, everyone who is near or close to the collision is in danger.

If you lost someone to a car accident, and you believe their death to caused by someone else’s breach of care or negligence, speak with Seattle Wrongful Death Attorneys from Russell & Hill, PLLC today, and receive a free case review. Perhaps you were right, and you have the right to sue and seek a wrongful death compensation.

Medical Malpractice

People do not understand that both doctors and nurses are only human. This means that even though they are highly trained professionals, they can make mistakes. However, in this case, when and if they do make a mistake, it usually means that someone may die in the process.

Medical malpractice cases are occurring every day. They involve:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Issuing the wrong type of medication
  • Forgetting surgical tools inside a person’s body
  • Performing surgery on the wrong body part
  • Lack of care
  • Prescribing the patient with the wrong dosage of medicine

There are thousands of deaths each year as a result of medical malpractice. At the same time, the surviving family members have recovered billions of dollars in medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits.

Work-Related Accidents

Everyone can get injured while at work. These types of accident can have serious and life-threatening consequences, especially if the workplace is known to be dangerous. The most dangerous workplaces are definitely construction yards, but a wrongful death can occur anywhere, even in the office; someone slips and falls, injuries their spine and dies as a result of the injuries. Yes, it happens.

Pedestrian Accidents

Almost every pedestrian that is hit by a motor vehicle is in danger of losing their life. Those who survive are left to cope with serious life-changing injuries.

If you lost someone as a result of wrongful death, be sure to consult with wrongful death attorneys in Seattle and seek the right type of compensation for your loss. The money will not bring them back, but it will help you pay for the costs of their burial as well as help you move on (financially).

Other accidents that could cause wrongful death are:

  • Semi-truck accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Using/consuming defective products

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