3 Common Wrongful Death Claims

Woman filing a wrongful death claim.

The death of a loved one is never easy, especially when it is unexpected. The pain is often made worse when they have been killed as a result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions. Although the death of your loved one may have been unintentional, your family still reserves the right to hold those responsible guilty. This type of case is referred to as wrongful death. In wrongful death cases, the family members of the deceased may be entitled to compensation for everything from medical bills and lost wages, to emotional suffering. 

Although there are many different situations in which a wrongful death may occur, there are some that are seen more than others. The three most common wrongful death claims are as follows:

1. Auto Accidents

Whether they involve cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, and/or pedestrians, unfortunately, auto accidents occur each and every day. There are many different causes of such an accident that may make family members eligible to file a claim for wrongful death. Such causes include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to follow traffic laws
  • Distracted driving

2. Medical Malpractice

While the field of medicine is intended to help people, mistakes still occur. One of the most common causes of wrongful death is medical malpractice. Thousands of people die in the U.S. annually from medical errors. Common medical errors include:

  • Incorrect medication prescriptions
  • Incorrect medication dosage
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Errors incurred during labor and delivery
  • Surgical errors

3. Construction Accidents

Full of inherently dangerous equipment and a lack of training, the construction industry has consistently remained one of the deadliest occupations in society. Although there are various accidents that occur on construction sites, some of the most common causes of accidents include:

  • Electricity accidents
  • Construction equipment
  • Falls (from all heights)
  • Poor training or lack of training

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Wrongfully Killed by the Negligence or Recklessness of Another

If you have a loved one that has been killed in an accident due to the negligence of another party, it can be devastating. It can be difficult enough to deal with your loss alone, but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. Between things such as funeral costs and lost wages, you can find yourself negatively impacted by the necessary expenses. You and your family should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. 

At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of personal injury accidents and wrongful death and understand the effect that losing a loved one in such a way can have on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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