Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases are painful in many ways. There are several tragic causes of wrongful death, and our San Diego, CA, law firm has seen the worst of these incidents. Helping deserving families recover full compensation for tragic loss brings some sense of closure. Money cannot bring a loved one back, but can help with expenses and ease the sense of injustice.

If your family has been devastated by the loss of a loved one caused by careless, negligent, or wrongful behavior, our attorneys can help. We offer a free consultation, and take cases on a contingency fee basis.

Establishing Wrongful Death

When the victim of an accident or tragic incident dies because of a grievous mistake or intentional wrongdoing, this is potentially a wrongful death case. The person or business that caused or contributed to the injury can be found liable in a court of law, and liability means monetary restitution may be owed.

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Family members, such as a spouse, children, parents, and siblings, can collect significant damages in compensation for their loss. In many cases, these awards may include punitive damages, which are meant to punish the perpetrator.

Causes of Wrongful Death

The most common causes of wrongful death among adults are motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and criminal acts. For children, the most common incidents are traffic accidents, bicycle accidents, crime, drowning, and fire or burn accidents. Other causes of wrongful death include accidental poisoning and industrial accidents.

Helping deserving families recover full compensation for tragic loss brings some sense of closure. Money cannot bring a loved one back, but can help with expenses and ease the sense of injustice.

Suicide is an increasingly common cause of death for teens and adults. There have been many wrongful death lawsuits filed after a suicide, including cases where pharmaceutical drugs caused suicidal ideation. A recently filed court case seeks compensation from the boarding school a teen attended before she was expelled for mental health problems. The school refused to let the 14-year-old attend her 8th grade graduation, and she hung herself.

In motor vehicle accidents, death is most often caused by drug or alcohol-impaired driving. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a crime that can result in a criminal manslaughter conviction, and the resulting fatality can certainly qualify as wrongful death. Reckless driving is also clearly dangerous and demonstrates negligence. Deaths occur in all types of traffic accidents, but are often seen in collisions involving motorcycle riders, big-rig commercial trucks, and pedestrians. Airplane, bus, and train accidents also result in multiple wrongful death lawsuits. 

Premises liability laws make a property owner potentially responsible for accidents occurring on his or her property. Falls are most common, but fire, drownings, and carbon monoxide poisoning may also be covered by premises liability. Criminal acts taking place on unsecured property can also fall into this category when negligence can be established.

Numerous lawsuits are filed against pharmaceutical companies every day in this country, including allegations of serious injury and wrongful death. For seniors 65 and older, adverse effects from pharmaceutical drugs, defective medical products and malpractice is the 7th leading cause of death. 

Seek Legal Help

If your family has lost a loved one and you believe it may constitute wrongful death, please contact our office. You can schedule a free consultation or speak to a lawyer today.