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Common Causes of Wrongful Death


Your sister was killed in a car accident. Your elderly father was neglected in a nursing home and eventually died. Your son was fatally shot by someone in a gang.

These are all devastating situations that no person would ever want to face. What they also have in common is that they are all examples of wrongful death. Wrongful death, as the name implies, occurs when someone wrongfully dies, or their death should have been prevented. Someone’s reckless or malicious behavior caused someone else to die. Even if the person’s actions were accidental, they can still be accused of wrongful death.

In some cases, the person can face criminal charges. For example, when drunk or distracted driving causes a fatal car accident, the liable party can be charged and convicted of vehicular manslaughter. A person who purposely kills someone else can be convicted of murder.

As a surviving family member of a loved one, you can also file a civil lawsuit against the liable party. If you are a spouse, child, parent or other close family member of the deceased, you can sue the responsible party for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering of the victim before they died, loss of financial support, lost companionship, lost earnings, property damage and mental grief and suffering. Contact a wrongful death lawyer today to learn about your legal rights in such a situation.

Types of Wrongful Death

While most cases of wrongful death occur in situations such as automobile accidents, they can happen in many other ways as well. Medical malpractice is another common cause. When a doctor’s negligence causes a birth injury, surgical error, misdiagnosis, wrong prescription or any type of worsened condition, then a patient can suffer serious injuries or even death.

Workplace accidents can also be fatal. Falls, burns, chemical exposure and other accidents at work, especially in warehouses and on construction sites, can lead to death.

Product liability is another serious and often fatal issue. Manufacturers have a responsibility to create products that are safe for consumer use. When a medication, appliance, vehicle or other device does not work as intended, it can lead to death.

Crimes can also result in wrongful death. When a person intentionally harms another person—through assault, a shooting, a stabbing or even with a car or another weapon—they can face criminal and civil penalties.

Neglect can also lead to fatality. This often happens when someone, like a child or a person in a nursing home, cannot properly care for themselves. Neglect in a nursing home environment can lead to bedsores, malnutrition, falls, broken bones, medical issues and even death.

Contact a Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

A person can suffer a wrongful death in a variety of ways. If your loved one died unexpectedly due to someone else’s reckless or intentionally malicious behavior, it’s important to understand your legal rights.

The Chicago wrongful death lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, LTD can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for damages caused by a family member’s death. Schedule a free consultation today by filling out the online request form or calling 312-800-0000.


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