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Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death Accidents

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

California accident attorney, California wrongful death lawyerWrongful deaths are tragic and unfortunately happen frequently each year. According to the Center for Disease Control, there were 136,053 unintentional injury deaths and 13,959 unintentional fall deaths in the United States in one year.

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death claims are a type of lawsuit that can be brought by a deceased person’s family when the deceased person died in an accident that was not his or her fault. It may be possible for the family to recover even if the family member died due to reasons that were partially his or her fault.

Wrongful death claims seek to address the loss a family has due to loss of support, funeral expenses and loss of companionship.

Causes of Wrongful Deaths

Wrongful deaths have two main causes:

  1. Intentional acts: Acts that would be considered criminal such as assault or aggravated assault.
  2. Negligence: These acts are the fault of another and are unintentional. For example, someone could have caused an accident by failing to follow safety rules or regulations. Or an accident could be caused by failing to warn your family member of a danger. Whatever the circumstance, the person who caused the accident failed to act in a reasonable manner or may have acted recklessly.

Deaths caused by intentional acts and negligence can be compensated through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Types of Deadly Accidents

We see many different types of accidents that may result in the death of an innocent person. These accidents include:

  • Car accidents;
  • Motorcycle and bicycle accidents;
  • Drowning and boating accidents;
  • Slip and fall accidents;
  • Accidents caused by being unintentionally struck by an object;
  • Accidents caused by dangerous or defective products; and
  • Workplace accidents.

Contact a San Jose Wrongful Death Attorney

If you have had a loved one die in an accident that was not his or her fault, you may be entitled to damages. When you meet with a skilled wrongful death attorney, he or she will be able to review your case, discuss it with you, and start the process to get the compensation you deserve. Choosing an attorney who focuses on wrongful death lawsuits, like the attorneys at Jachimowicz Law Group, Attorneys at Law, Inc., will mean that you can be sure the best outcome is reached. Contact the San Jose wrongful death attorneys at Jachimowicz Law Group, Attorneys at Law, Inc. by calling 408-246-5500 for a free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/accidental-injury.htm

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=ccp&group=00001-01000&file=377.60-377.62

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