8 Disturbing Facts on Wrongful Death
A wrongful death claim arises when someone is killed due to the actions or inactions of another person. The death can be either intentional or accidental, but most wrongful death suits occur because of an accident.
The purpose of this type of suit is to compensate the family members for the loss of their loved one. This includes compensation for lost wages, and any medical or funeral expenses.
It also includes compensation for the loss associated with losing a loved one. Although monetary compensation can never replace a loved one, this is the only form of compensation the court can really offer grieving family members.
Below are a few little-known facts about potential wrongful death cases.
1. Unintentional Deaths Statistics in the United States
In 2013, there were 130,557 people that were killed unintentionally. Although most people would assume that motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death, unintentional poisoning was actually rated number one.
- Unintentional poisoning: 38,851
- Motor vehicle traffic deaths: 33,804
- Unintentional fall deaths: 30,208
2. Medical Malpractice Statistics
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional (nurse, doctor, or other health care provider) does not treat a patient in a way that would conform to the applicable standard of care for a similar medical professional. This usually occurs when a medical professional makes a mistake while treating a patient.
In the United States, there are roughly 90,000 deaths due to medical malpractice every year. Roughly one in five medical errors will cause serious injury or death.
3. Leading Causes of Death in the United States
Accidents (unintentional injuries) are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Accidents follow only heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. It is also ranked fourth in Florida as well, with 8,736 deaths in 2013.
4. Birth Defects
Birth defects or congenital anomalies are the leading cause of infant deaths. In 2013, there were 4,758 infant deaths caused by birth defects.
Birth defects can be caused by a number of factors, but dangerous drugs are often to blame. Poor prenatal care or advice may also contribute. Either of these causes could lead to a wrongful death claim.
5. Deaths Related to Falls
Approximately 55% of all unintentional injury deaths for adults over age 65 were because of falls. Some of these falls could be the result of nursing home or elder care negligence, resulting in a wrongful death claim.
There were 30,208 fall deaths in 2013, and many of these could create premises liability issues. If the fall occurred on someone else’s property, then there could have been a lawsuit involved.
6. Work-related Accidents
In 2013, there were 4,585 fatal work injuries. Fortunately, this is the second-lowest amount that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has recorded since it began tracking this information in 1992. It was also the lowest ratio based on total number of workers and total number of hours worked.
A large majority of the deaths that occurred were in the transportation and material moving occupations. Truck drivers make up a large portion of this occupation.
7. Leading Causes of Death by Age Group
In 2013, the leading cause of death for ages 1 to 44 was unintentional injuries. However, there are far more people that die at much higher ages, so unintentional injuries were not the leading cause of death overall.
That means that even though significantly more people die at higher ages, those who do die young are much more likely to be the victim in a potential wrongful death suit.
8. Drowning and Burns
Death due to unintentional drowning, and burns or fires are far more likely to occur in children ages 1 to 9. Unintentional drowning remains in the top ten causes of death for children and adults until about age 55. Burns and fires are more likely to cause death for those 1 to 14 and 55 to over 65.
Legal Help for Wrongful Death Cases
If your loved one has been the victim of an unintentional death, then you may be able to assert a wrongful death claim. Contact Boca Raton wrongful death attorney at Leifer & Ramirez by calling 561-660-9421 or using the online contact us form on the right.