FAQ: Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims

A wrongful death is a death that happens because of another person’s negligence. When your loved one’s life is cut short due to the mistake, disregard, reckless actions, or other form of negligence committed by a person or organization that should have kept your loved one safe, you can bring a wrongful death suit to hold that party accountable.

There are specific rules on what you need to prove for your case to be considered a wrongful death, and who is allowed to bring a wrongful death suit for a person’s death. Working with a knowledgable law firm with experience in wrongful death cases like yours. The Hayden Law Firm has helped many families recover the damages deserve for the loss of their loved ones, allowing them to honor the family member and move forward in their own lives. If you believe you may have a wrongful death case but don’t know where to start or who to turn to, call us today at (314) 480-3100. The Hayden Law Firm is here for you.

Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases

Each wrongful death case is unique, and there are many different circumstances that can lead to a wrongful death. Some of the most common examples of negligence that lead to wrongful deaths are listed and described below.

1. Car Accidents

Most of us travel by road nearly every day, multiple times a day. While most of the time, people get to their destinations safely, unfortunately, this is not always the case. In 2018, 921 were killed by motor vehicle accidents in Missouri, and 1,031 people in Illinois.

Some of the most common reasons for fatal car accidents in Missouri include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Unrestrained occupants (not wearing seat belts)
  • Intersections
  • Curves
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Distracted driving

2. Commercial Truck Accidents

Truck accidents fall under the category of motor vehicle accidents as a whole, but they can be distinguished from typical passenger vehicle accidents. Commercial truck accidents bring additional elements to an accident. These large vehicles are exponentially heavier than standard passenger vehicles, which makes their accidents often deadly, especially when they hit a passenger vehicle. While of all the vehicles on the roads in the US, only about four percent of them are semi-trucks, these large trucks account for ten percent of highway deaths.

Common causes of truck accidents which may lead to death are:

  • Rollovers
  • Tire blowouts
  • Blind spots
  • Load spilling
  • Underriding (when a smaller vehicle gets stuck under the trailer of a large truck)
  • Jackknifing (when the trailer swings out to make a 90 degree angle with the cab of the truck)

Truck drivers are often pressured to drive long distances without proper rest in order to deliver more goods in a shorter amount of time. This combined with their size make truck accidents deadly too often. With any truck accident case, there are several potential parties responsible for the damage the truck created.

3. Motorcycle, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Accidents

When someone gets in a motor vehicle accident when on a motorcycle, riding a bicycle, or traveling on foot, they are more likely to suffer life-ending injuries. They are exposed; they do not have the protection of the structure of a vehicle around them or the safety features other vehicles have, like air bags and seatbelts.

With bicycle and pedestrian accidents, issues of driver visibility and road structure problems often contribute to deadly accidents. In most cases, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian wrongful death cases occur because of a driver’s negligence.

4. Medical Malpractice

Most of the time, medical practitioners uphold their duty to protect those in their care and treat them to the best of their ability. Hospitals and other institutions of care have safety protocols to make sure patients are safe.

Medical malpractice deaths can happen because of medical errors or gross negligence. Examples of medical malpractice wrongful death causes are:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delay in treatment or incorrect treatment
  • Birth injury
  • Lack of informed concent
  • Surgical mistatkes
  • Pharmaceutical errors
  • Defective medical devices or effects of medications
  • Negligence by hospital workers or other care providers

5. Work-Related Deaths

Some professions inherently put workers at an increased risk of injury and death, but workplace deaths can happen in any workplace. Work-related deaths can be caused by accidents as well as by long-term effects such as illness due to exposure of harmful toxins and chemicals over a period of time. The most common work-related deaths are:

  • Falls
  • Struck by an object
  • Electrocutions
  • Caught in between equipment, objects, and structures

6. Product Defects

Cases against products are known as product liability cases. There are times, unfortunately, when products do not work as advertised. Sometimes, these defects can be fatal. Products that can have life-threatening defects include:

  • Defective drugs
  • Vehicle defects and vehicle components
  • Children’s products
  • Toxic food and food packaging

Products must be proven safe to be available to consumers. When products present an unreasonable danger to its users, the manufacturer can be held accountable for the damage cuased by their products.

7. Poisoning and Overdoses

Poisoning and overdose wrongful death cases are cases in which someone is responsible for another individual’s well-being, who ingests a drug or toxic chemical that leads to their death. Some wrongful death poisoning situations are:

  • A drug was ingested accidentally
  • Too much of a drug was taken accidentally
  • The wrong drug was mistakenly given or taken
  • An accident happened involving the use of drugs in a medical procedure

8. Drowning

Drowning accidents can occur anywhere there is water. When a drowning occurs on someone’s property or while on a boating outing, the person or organization that owns the property or the person operating the boat could be held liable in a wrongful death case. There are other types of premise liability cases as well.


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