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If someone is responsible for the death of your loved one, intentionally or unintentionally, our law firm will help you receive compensation.
Almost 200K people die from fatal injuries annually, the equivalent of about one person every three minutes. Many of them, about 37K each year and nearly 101 people every day of the year are traffic fatalities.
The people or entities named in your claim will depend on the details of your case.
For example, if a loved one was killed in a car accident when a drunk driver struck him or her, possible defendants in your wrongful death claim might include:
Statistics regarding traffic accidents where a big rig is involved portray a harsh image of victims of collisions. The U.S. Department of Transportation informs that more than a half-million truck accidents occur each year. These accidents cause around 5K deaths annually, which represent 12 percent of all traffic-related deaths.
Florida's roads saw more than 4.4K fatal traffic accidents annually in recent years, with an average of nearly 350 involving trucks. These studies also revealed an aspect that is even more startling: 98% of truck accident victims are drivers and occupants of cars. In other words, most of the time trucking crashes injure other travelers-not the truck driver.
Drivers are directly liable for the crashes they cause. However, when truck crashes occur, depending on the details of the case, there may be more than just the drivers who are held accountable for being at fault.
Liability might also apply to:
In some cases, truck drivers travel in teams. One person drives the truck while the other person rests and then they switch. When a truck crash involves a co-driver, this person may also be able to sue the driver and the trucking company, if he or she was injured in the accident.
Medical malpractice is a broad category of types of legal action including misdiagnosis, surgical, care and medication errors, etc. Medical malpractice cases are lengthy and complex processes, with long investigations and complicated proofs.
Studies conducted by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) show that one in five medical errors are potentially serious or even fatal.
In the United States, medical errors are the third cause of death, leading to at least 250K deaths every year.
In a medical malpractice claim, the following parties may be possible defendants liable for causing the death of your loved one:
Reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that in Florida almost 300 people suffer each year fatal occupational injuries. The highest rates of workplace fatalities keep natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations atop the list of America's most dangerous jobs with an estimated one in every five worker deaths being in construction. In the construction industry, the leading causes of worker deaths are slips and falls, followed by struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
If a death occurs due to a workplace accident and a third party other than the employer was to blame, you may file a wrongful death action against that party. Examples of potentially liable parties in a wrongful death claim following a workplace accident include:
According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics, dangerous or defective products, from malfunctioning auto parts to faulty medical devices, resulting in nearly three million injuries and 22K fatalities every year in the United States. Any type of manufactured product on the market can be dangerous or defective including foods, drugs, cosmetics, toys, and more.
In product liability cases, compensation may be recovered from either the manufacturer, distributor, or a retailer. Anyone in a product’s chain of distribution could potentially be liable for an injury. A chain of distribution is anyone who has handled a product from the time it left the manufacturer’s warehouse to the time in which it was stocked in the store for purchase by a customer.
If you lost a family member due to wrongful death and are unsure what your next step is, contact our Miami wrongful death lawyer today to get help.