Accidents happen in Missouri, but some of them result in the death of your loved one. Survivors have the right to file a wrongful death suit to recover the financial loss suffered due to someone else’s negligence.
Here are the most common situations that result in wrongful deaths:
By far, the number one cause of wrongful deaths is vehicle accidents. Drivers may speed through an intersection and run a red light, causing your loved one to die in a car accident. A large truck driver who failed to yield the right of way may hit a vehicle. A motorist fails to see a motorcycle and hits the rider. A driver may be drunk, drowsy or recklessly driving.
There are hundreds of people who die every year due to workplace accidents. Common issues involve high-risk jobs such as in the construction, transportation and oil and gas industries. However, repetitive jobs and faulty buildings can result in injury, illness and death.
According to the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, medical malpractice happens when a healthcare professional causes an injury through negligence or by violating the standard of care. While medical professionals must abide by the Hippocratic oath to not cause injury, sometimes mistakes happen that can result in your loved one’s death. Common examples include not ordering necessary tests, performing unnecessary surgery, misdiagnosis and poor aftercare.
Regularly, there are news articles about food recalls and defective products. When you buy a product, you expect it to work a certain way. Unfortunately, sometimes, the product has a defect that causes serious injuries or even death. These defects can be on vehicles, causing accidents or toxic substances in baby food. Stores pull toys from shelves for lead poisoning or choking hazards. You may sue the manufacturer to cover your medical costs, burial costs for your loved one and pain and suffering.