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Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims

It
is hard when a family suffers the death of a loved one, but it may be even harder
if that death was due to the recklessness of another person. A wrongful death
is what happens when a person dies due to the negligence of another person or
business. These unfortunate deaths can be caused by a lot of different things,
but the following are the most common types of cases involving
wrongful death
:

Car Accidents

Motor
vehicle accidents are the most common cause of wrongful death claims for two
reasons – the number of drivers on the road and how often people travel. In North Carolina alone, there are 6.8 million
registered drivers
, which should make it
no surprise that in 2017 there were 1,396 people who died in car accidents.
Unfortunately, most fatal car accidents are due to the negligence of at least
one of the drivers involved. Whether the driver was driving recklessly or while
distracted, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or speeding, it
can result in tragic consequences.

Medical Malpractice

Most
doctors and other medical professionals are highly skilled. However, all of
these people are still human and make mistakes. These mistakes can result when
something is missed, correct procedures are not followed, or the practitioner
cuts corners. The most common types of medical malpractice claims for wrongful
death
are due to the misdiagnosis of a person
or failure to diagnose a person at all with a condition. Errors when treating
patients and errors during surgery may also result in wrongful death claims.

Work Accidents

Certain
occupations tend to have a higher risk of injuries or death, such as
construction jobs and those involving manual labor. However, a wrongful death
can still occur in an office setting or even outside of work if the employer
requests the employee to be in a dangerous situation. One example is a nurse
who is required to work several long shifts and then has a car accident on the
way home because he or she was too fatigued to drive.

Defective Products

We
all like to think that the products we purchase and use are safe, but in some
situations, that is not the case. Product liability is one of the main reasons
why manufacturers spend extensive time testing products to ensure their safety.
However, mistakes can still happen that result in a defective product. When a
product is defective it can result in a wrongful death. The most common
defective product lawsuits are due to defective pharmaceuticals, unsafe
children’s products, toxic foods, and defective motor vehicles.

Contact an Experienced
North Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney

Regardless
of the cause of your loved one’s wrongful death, you may be entitled to
compensation for his or her death. Compensation can include damages for medical
expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses, and more. The attorneys at the Law Office of D.
Hardison Wood
have years of
experience helping families get back on track after the death of a loved one.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out what your legal
options may be.

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