Common Causes of Wrongful Death

By Cullan & Cullan on August 26, 2011 - Comments off

The term “wrongful death” refers to the death of a person due to the inaction, malpractice, or negligence of another person. When a wrongful death occurs, the victim’s family has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person responsible. Although no amount of money can replace a loved one, a successful wrongful death claim can help a family find closure and may also prevent the responsible party from harming others with negligence or malpractice. Wrongful death cases have several common causes, including but not limited to the following examples.

Medical Malpractice

Physicians must provide an accepted standard of care for their patients. If a medical care provider fails to do so, causing the death of a patient, they can be held liable. Several types of medical malpractice can lead to wrongful deaths.

  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Obstetric malpractice
  • Plastic surgery errors
  • Prescription medication errors
  • Surgical errors

Auto Accidents

Licensed drivers must obey traffic rules, use caution around other motorists and pedestrians, and drive safely according to road and weather conditions. If a driver causes an accident that leads to the death of another person, the driver can be held liable for that death.

Workplace Accidents

Although U.S. employers must meet OSHA safety standards, workplace accidents occur regularly. If an employee dies as the result of an employer’s disregard for established safety regulations, the victim’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the victim’s employer.

Defective Products

Product designers and manufacturers sometimes cut corners when it comes to making safe products. If a product has a design or manufacturing defect, and a consumer dies due to that defect, the victim’s family can sue the designer or manufacturer.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence, malpractice, or inaction of another person, contact the Omaha wrongful death attorneys at Cullan & Cullan. We have a track record of success in handling wrongful death lawsuits and will work hard to protect your rights. For a free consultation, call us at 402-397-7600.

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