Whether from car accidents, defective medicine, chemical exposure or some other reason, thousands of Americans die every year due to the actions or negligence of another person or party. When these deaths occur, the families of the victims may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
If your loved one was killed by the actions or negligence of another person or party, a Dallas wrongful death lawyer at Heygood, Orr & Pearson can help you file a lawsuit. Though no amount of money can heal the pain of losing a loved one, we can help you recover compensation to help you and your family begin to recover financially.
For a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced attorney, call us at (877) 446-9001 or contact us online today.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Nearly any cause of injury can also be a cause of wrongful death. Agencies, such as the US Consumer Products Safety Commission and the Food and Drug Administration, institute regulations to protect private citizens from harm caused by consumer products. Local governments create traffic and other safety laws to protect their residents. Medical boards create guidelines by which doctors and other medical professionals must practice.
When people and organizations fail to follow the rules and regulations set by these and other agencies, they may be held liable if their error results in the death of another person. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:
Car accidents are, by far, the most common cause of wrongful death. When a driver fails to follow the laws of the road, that person can cause a fatal wreck. In some instances, the manufacturer of the vehicle may be liable if the car suddenly suffers a mechanical failure caused by a defect, such as faulty brakes or an airbag that doesn’t deploy.
Semi-truck accidents are also a common cause of wrongful death cases. The massive trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and when they collide with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, the results are often devastating. About one in every eight traffic deaths involves a semi-truck, and in these cases, the driver, the trucking company, and other parties may be held responsible.
We expect the products we buy to be safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. There are thousands of cases annually in which children and adults are wrongfully injured by the products they buy and use. The design or construction of the product may be unsafe, or they may not have the proper warning labels on them. Even though unsafe products are usually recalled by the government or the manufacturing company, the ones that remain in use can cause fatal injury.
Toys and electronics are common examples of defective products, but they aren’t the only ones — and often, they aren’t the most dangerous. Defective medical devices, vehicles, heavy machinery, construction materials and other products can cause serious, if not fatal, injuries even when they are used properly.
Doctors and other medical professionals are held to a high standard when it comes to the treatment of patients. If a doctor treats a patient in a way that another reasonable doctor wouldn’t, and that treatment causes injury, the doctor can be sued for medical malpractice. When that malpractice leads to death, the doctor, hospital or other party may also be held responsible for wrongful death.
Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, prescription and anesthesia errors, surgical errors, and using defective medical equipment. When a patient is treated with defective medical equipment, the equipment manufacturer may also be held liable for any injury or death that occurs because of that equipment.
Since its founding in 1938, the Food and Drug Administration has approved about 1,500 drugs for consumer use. While most of these drugs are safe for ordinary use, some can have serious side effects. For instance, recent lawsuits have been filed against blood thinner manufacturers because of the patients’ inability to stop bleeding if they are injured while on the medicine.
One of the hottest topics in today’s world is the opioid epidemic, which started with prescription narcotics being deemed safe and non-addictive. Because of the prevalence and high usage of opioids and other dangerous prescription drugs, deaths due to overdose and other complications is at an all-time high. Manufacturers, physicians and even pharmacists could be held liable for these deaths.
There are many different industries that use dangerous chemicals, potentially exposing workers to deadly environments. For example, asbestos in some forms is still used in certain industries, and asbestos exposure is directly linked to mesothelioma. In addition, chemical plants, fracking companies, oil drilling companies, and construction companies can employ highly dangerous chemicals in the course of their work.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has specific guidelines in place regarding safety equipment that must be provided to workers in these industries. Unfortunately, this equipment may not be provided, or might not be effective enough. When chemical exposure leads to death, a variety of different parties could be held liable.
Speak to a Dallas Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
These are only some of the most common causes of wrongful death. Any time a life is lost due to the actions or negligence of a person or party, the surviving family of the victim may be entitled to compensation. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our Dallas wrongful death lawyers have successfully handled numerous cases and helped families get the compensation they deserve.
To speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney in Dallas today, call us at (877) 446-9001 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.