Wrongful Death

Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Posted by Trent Kelly on April 29, 2022
Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or worse, you know how difficult the experience is. While a wrongful death claim cannot bring your family member back to you or soften a blow of this magnitude, it can provide you with compensation that allows you and your family to heal (to the degree possible) over time. 

If this is the tragic situation you find yourself in, you do not have to face it alone – an experienced wrongful death attorney is standing by to help.  

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

There are several categories of accidents and incidents that commonly lead to wrongful death claims:

Traffic Accidents

Wrongful death claims are often predicated on traffic accidents of all kinds, including car, truck, motorcycle, bike, and pedestrian accidents. The impact of a serious traffic accident can prove deadly, and if the other driver is at fault, it can lead to a wrongful death claim.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Our aging family members who require the care of nursing home facilities are the most vulnerable among us, and nursing home neglect and abuse are both not only reprehensible but also exceptionally dangerous. Residents of nursing homes require the skilled care they receive to live their fullest lives, and any form of neglect or abuse can prove deadly. Nursing home abuse is generally categorized in the following classifications:

  • Abandonment
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Negligence

Premises Liability Accidents

When commercial property owners fail to keep their premises in the relatively safe condition necessary to help protect the safety of visitors, guests, clients, and customers, it can lead to injury-causing accidents. When these injuries are serious, wrongful death may apply. Examples of premises liability accidents include:

  1. Slip and fall accidents
  2. Incidents related to inadequate security
  3. Accidents caused by inadequate lighting
  4. Accidents caused by faulty elevators and escalators
  5. Staircase accidents

Recover Losses From a Wrongful Death

In your wrongful death claim – as the survivor of your loved one – you can seek compensation for all the following losses (or legal damages):

  • Your family’s loss of income and inheritance
  • Your family’s loss of guidance, counsel, care, and support
  • Your family’s loss of companionship and help around the house
  • The mental pain and anguish experienced by your family
  • The medical expenses incurred by your loved one prior to succumbing to the injuries that ultimately proved fatal
  • Your loved one’s reasonable funeral and burial expenses

Determining the value of your case is critical, as you do not want to seek or accept less than you and your family deserves.

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Austin Wrongful Death Attorney

If you’ve lost a family member to someone else’s negligence, obtaining just compensation can help you make the long, difficult journey toward healing. The practiced Austin wrongful death attorneys at Terry & Kelly PLLC are prepared to harness the full force of their impressive experience – in focused pursuit of your claim’s most favorable outcome. Your case is important, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.

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