Types of Wrongful Death Cases By Hardin Ramey on December 12, 2019

A gavel and stacks of law booksThe loss of a loved one can take a severe toll on you and your family. Speaking with a skilled and trusted wrongful death attorney can help with this difficult time. Attorney Hardin Ramey can help hold the negligent party accountable for taking the life of your loved one or contributing to their death.

The team at our Dallas, TX law firm would like to consider different causes of fatal injuries that could result in a wrongful death lawsuit. We can speak with you about your case in more detail during a legal consultation.

Fatal Auto Collisions

According to numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 36,560 people were killed in highway collisions in 2018. The numbers were slightly down from 2017, but the fact remains that tens of thousands of people lost their lives due to motor vehicle accidents.

Negligence and reckless driving plays a role in many crashes. The NHTSA notes that speeding claimed 9,378 in 2018, and that drunk driving killed 10,511 people in 2018.

Fatal Falls

Serious falls can have deadly consequences. According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are a leading cause of injury-related death among the elderly. Nationwide, there’s an estimated 62 deaths from falls for every 100,000 Americans age 65 and older. If negligence contributed to the fall, the negligent party needs to be held accountable.

Fatal Injuries at the Workplace

Fall don’t just occur at businesses and residences. When they happen at the workplace, particularly in industrial settings, they can be deadly. Numbers from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveal that falls accounted for 39.2 percent of all construction accident deaths in 2017. This is why our Dallas law firm takes construction worker injuries and fatalities so seriously.

Deaths Caused by Medical Errors

When doctors make mistakes during surgeries or diagnoses, it can literally mean the difference between life and death. According to a 2016 study from Johns Hopkins, medical errors could be the third leading cause of death in the United States. Up to 10 percent of deaths in American may be related to medical mistakes. Doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare practitioners need to be held accountable for their negligence.

Fatalities Caused by Defective Medical Devices

On the note of medical mistakes, sometimes it’s not the doctors and nurses who are at fault. The makers of artificial joints, pacemakers, and pharmaceuticals can make costly errors that lead to injuries and death. These companies must be held accountable for the harm they cause.

Deaths Caused by Dangerous Consumer Goods

Medical devices aren’t the only kinds of defective products that can claim lives. Poorly designed automobiles, faulty consumer electronics, and other kinds of goods that we take for granted could be deadly from a design standpoint or due to a manufacturing error.

Fatal Aviation Accidents

Finally, we want to note the potential for fatal plane crashes. Thankfully these kinds of disasters are rare. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 347 people dies in 209 fatal plane crashes in 2017. Efforts are being made to increase airplane and airline safety, yet errors on the part of pilots, flight crews, and aircraft companies could cost lives.

Learn More About Wrongful Death Lawsuits

If you have lost a loved on as a result of someone else’s negligence and would like more information about your legal options, be sure to contact a board-certified trial lawyer. You can reach the Ramey Law Firm in Dallas by calling (972) 636-4578.

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