Although we are still living in a pandemic, it is important to emphasize that the legal standard of medicine has still not changed.
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult and heartbreaking experiences a person can have in their life. This can be even more complicated to process when the person’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence. Although compensation does not make up for the loss of a loved one, filing an unlawful death lawsuit can give loved ones a sense of financial stability as they cover medical bills, funeral expenses, and household expenses and try to get their lives back on track.
Unlawful death occurs when the death of a person is due to the negligence or wrongful act of a person and / or a company. False death claims can be relevant in many different personal injury cases. The following are the most common types of wrongful death cases.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death. According to preliminary estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 38,680 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2020. Although Americans drove less during the pandemic, 2020 saw the most road deaths since 2007.
Car accident deaths are caused by a number of reasons, including:
Exceeding speed Sleepy driving. Drunk driving Distracted driving Unkempt roads Road construction
A truck accident is usually classified as a car accident. Although both are very similar, tractor units are very different from normal car accidents. Some differences include the size and weight of the vehicle, long hours of work by drivers, and more. In your case, an unlawful death attorney will analyze the following factors to investigate the cause of the accident:
Truck speed Mistakes or inattention on the part of the driver Mechanical problems Irregular maintenance Oversized cargo Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
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Pedestrians and cyclists do not have the same protection as vehicles and are therefore often fatally injured in an impact. Even if a driver collides easily with a pedestrian or cyclist, the collision can often lead to life-threatening injuries. In 2020, 6,205 pedestrians died in traffic accidents. The number of bicycle deaths also rose by 5% to 846 fatalities during the pandemic.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Sometimes the city and / or county can be held liable in situations where the driver may not have seen the pedestrian due to a lack of visible sidewalks or cycle paths.
Malpractice is when a doctor or health professional does not provide high-quality care. Medical malpractice includes negligence and medical error.
Here are some common examples of serious medical errors.
Misdiagnosis Delayed treatment Incorrect treatment Lack of consent Defective medical device Negligence in hospital Birth injuries Drug errors Harmful condition of the patient
Although we are still living in a pandemic, it is important to emphasize that the legal standard of medicine has still not changed. As a patient, you are still entitled to the same quality of care as before the pandemic. You can hold any licensed physician accountable for medical malpractice, not just physicians.
Accidents at work
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has enacted laws to protect workers in the workplace, workers are still exposed to dangerous working conditions and negligent acts. Over 5,000 workers died at work in 2019, according to OSHA. The most common occupational accidents that lead to the death of an employee include:
Falls, slips and trips Exposure to pollutants Transport accidents Production and / or machine accidents Collision with an object
A defective product is defined as a product that has been ineffectively developed and creates safety problems for its users. Some of the most common examples of defective products are:
Medicines Vehicles and parts Medical devices Children’s toys Food
Manufacturers have a responsibility to provide safe and effective products to the public when they are sold. If the product causes injury or death to a user, the manufacturer may be held liable for any injuries associated with the product.