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4 Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Updated: Mar 25



Wrongful death is a type of personal injury case that involves the death of a person due to the negligent or willful actions of another. Wrongful death cases can also pair with a related but different type of lawsuit known as survival action to seek compensation for harm suffered by the deceased individual before the untimely death.


Surviving family members or the estate of the deceased person can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the guilty individual or company. Here are the common causes for wrongful death for which the estate or surviving members can file a lawsuit against the guilty party.


1. Medical Malpractice


Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of unintentional deaths in the US. We trust the hospital staff to provide professional medical help when we are injured or sick. Health care provider’s doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff are required to provide reasonable care to patients.


2. Vehicle Accidents


Vehicle accidents can also one of the leading causes of wrongful deaths. A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that there were over 16,000 deaths due to crashes. The number of fatal vehicle crashes in California was over 3,500 last year.


The majority of the accidents occur due to disregard of the road safety rules by the driver. The fatalities due to truck, car, and motorcycle accidents often occur due to speeding, breaking the red light, and drunk driving. The negligent driver will be held liable for the wrongful death of any individual including other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians killed due to the accident.


3. Workplace Accident


Occupations involving construction work and manual labor have a high risk of a workplace accident. A wrongful death case can arise if the employer did not take action to ensure the safety of the workers. An employer will be held liable for putting the employees in a dangerous situation that resulted in a death.


4. Defective Products


Wrongful death cases can also arise due to defective products. Manufacturers will be held liable if they knowingly produce a defective product that results in the death of individuals. They will also be held liable for wrongful death if they did not warn about the dangers of using the product. Some of the examples of wrongful death due to defective products include toxic food, defect in automobile parts, unsafe toys, and defective pharmaceutical products.


Final Remarks


The wrongful death attorneys at McCrary Law Firm can help you to determine your next course of action. Call (916) 579-7477 today to get in touch with an experienced wrongful death attorney in Rocklin, CA.

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