According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 136,053 unintentional injury deaths in 2014. This means that for every 100,000 Americans 42.7 die from wrongful deaths. Based on the numbers, unintentional fatal deaths are the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.
In particular, 38,851 Americans died from unintentional poisoning in 2014; 35,398 died in motor vehicle-related accidents, and 31,959 people died from fatal falls.
These fatal accidents can happen not only in the line of work, but also in nursing homes, hospitals and even on the road. For instance, the most common reasons for motor vehicle-related deaths include fatigue, weather conditions, highway and automobile defects, inexperienced or distracted drivers and drunk and/or reckless driving. Accidental death cases are just as common as personal injury lawsuits.
Many cases involve negligence not from the side of the deceased, but from the company. This is why wrongful death lawyers in Los Angeles and other cities work round-the-clock help families get the legal assistance they need in times of loss.
A wrongful death claim can help the aggrieved parties settle for the damages including the cost of pre-death medical care, burial and funeral costs, loss of financial contribution to remaining loved ones as well as emotional distress of the family.
If your family is suffering from the consequences of what could be argued as a wrongful death, it is important to talk to a wrongful death lawyer to help you file claims.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by a surviving immediate family member of the deceased, life partners, putative spouses, financial dependents and even distant family members. In some cases, a wrongful death claim can even be filed by the parents of a deceased fetus. It is important to consult a lawyer you can explain to you what you can legally pursue in line with the fatal accident.