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Top 5 Causes of Wrongful Death

Top 5 Causes of Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is never easy. The feelings of injustice can multiply when it is discovered that the death could have been prevented. A wrongful death is a death that occurs due to any negligence or intention where the person would have been able to recover damages. Wrongful deaths can happen anywhere; however, some causes are more common than others.

Automobile Accidents

In a 2021 report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, automobile accidents were the cause of 1,012 deaths, a two percent increase from the previous year. The most common causes of car accidents resulting in wrongful death include:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Alcohol Impairment
  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving at Night

Product Defects

Product liability refers to holding manufacturers or sellers liable for any personal injury caused by a defective product. Product liability claims totaling almost $28 million were settled in 2020, with the most common being asbestos and appliance-related. A death that occurs due to a product can happen as the result of three causes:

  • Defective Manufacturing
  • Defective Design
  • Failure to Warn

Workplace Accidents

According to Missouri law, every employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance. Having this insurance grants them a form of immunity from lawsuits pertaining to injuries and death, even if they displayed negligence. A wrongful death claim stemming from a workplace accident would instead seek out a third-party, such as a manufacturer of equipment, to file a lawsuit against. *Note: Workers’ Compensation provides benefits to survivors of the deceased.*

Pharmaceutical Injuries

Product defects, in general, are an overall cause of wrongful death; however, a specific type of defect continuing to grow in the country is medication errors. Medication is a product that could very well mean life or death for some people. Every year, between 7,000-9,000 people die due to pharmaceutical injuries. Injuries from medication can be caused by:

  • Defective drugs
  • Improper dosage
  • Wrong type of medication

Premises Liability Accidents

Every property owner is obligated to ensure their premises are as safe as possible. When a death occurs as the result of a property owner’s inadequate safety measures, a premises liability case will look at two categories.

Defective Conditions - This could refer to hazardous walkways, improperly installed machinery and exposed wires, among others.

Inadequate Security - A property owner should do everything in their power to ensure every person is protected from harm. Death due to insufficient security can range from improper warnings resulting in a slip and fall to being physically assaulted.

Missouri Wrongful Death Attorneys

The wrongful death attorneys at Kolker & Labovitz are committed to helping you receive compensation following your loved one’s passing. Money will not bring them back; however, we believe it can ease the injustice and difficulties you and your family face.

Don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us by going to our website and filling out a consultation form or call us at (314) 684-8285.


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