Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Texas
- January 14, 2015
- Wrongful Death
Wrongful death laws are designed with the intention of compensating surviving family members of an individual that died as the result of the actions of another person or entity. A lot of work can go into proving a claim of wrongful death and it usually takes the skills of an experienced wrongful death lawyer to get adequate compensation from the responsible parties. A wrongful death can also be the result of a wide-variety of different types of events or circumstances. In this post, we would like to discuss some of the more common causes of wrongful death lawsuits in Texas and nationwide.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Traffic accidents are without a doubt one of the most common causes of wrongful death. If an individual dies as the result of a driver’s negligence or disregard for the safety of others, the death is clearly wrongful and the family of the decedent is entitled to compensation. In some ways, these cases will be similar to a car accident injury claim, with the exception that the claimant is a beneficiary of the deceased rather than the person that was actually injured in the accident.
Government agencies like OSHA set standards for safety in the workplace and these standards are designed to protect workers from injury and death. Unfortunately, even with these regulations, workplace fatalities are still rather common. The majority of workplace fatalities can be attributed to the construction industry, but there is a possibility of wrongful death in almost every profession.
A death that occurs as the result of medical malpractice is one where the individual died either through the negligence of a medical professional or that of an institution like a hospital or a clinic. Patients trust their health, wellbeing and their lives to the medical professionals that administer care. When one of these professionals makes a mistake that costs the life of a patient, it is a very serious matter and the surviving family members might be entitled to compensation.
Defective or Dangerous Products
The companies that manufacture and distribute products have an obligation to make sure that the products are safe for consumers to use. Sometimes either through a defect in the design or manufacture of a product, it may not be reasonably safe for the intended use and this could result in injuries or possibly death. Products that can commonly lead to death when they are defective would include things like automobiles and medical devices. If a person dies as the result of a faulty product, their family can file a wrongful death claim under product liability laws.
While these are some of the most common types of wrongful death claims, the causes of wrongful death are certainly not limited to the topics discussed in this post. Depending on the cause of the wrongful death, it will take the use of different legal theories and different types of strategies to build the case. If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, you want to find an attorney that not only has experience with wrongful death cases, but one that also has experience with the specific area of law that will apply to the claim. Our wrongful death attorneys have more than 50 years combined handling these types of case. Contact us today for your free, no obligation case evaluation.