While most people have heard of wrongful death, most have never experienced it first hand. But cases of wrongful death impact people and their families across the country every year. The Center For Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 130,000 people will suffer unintentional injuries and die this year. While a large majority of these accidents are just that – accidental – many of them could be considered wrongful death. This means that had another person taken the proper care or provided the minimum amount effort, death could have been avoided.
Unfortunately, wrongful death accidents are quite common in New Jersey. The following are just some of the more common causes of such incidents:
- Car Accidents – If New Jersey is known for one thing, it is our highways. From end to end New Jersey has an extensive network of roadways and freeways. On any given day, millions of people are using one or more of these thoroughfares. But more people in cars means more accidents. This is especially true when the weather is bad. If a motorist is behaving badly behind the wheel or is intoxicated and kills someone in an accident, they could be held liable for wrongful death.
- Medical Malpractice – New Jersey is also home to hundreds of medical centers and even more private practices. As a result, the number of medical malpractice cases has exploded over the past twenty years, as has the number of wrongful death claims. Negligent doctors, nurses, technicians and hospital staff members that cause a patient’s death, must be held accountable for their actions.
- Construction Accidents – Anyone that takes a trip along the Jersey Shore of Jersey City knows just how much construction is going on. This is great for the economy, but bad for worker’s health. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA) estimates the over 4,000 workers died in 2014 while on the job. Surviving family members have the right to take legal action depending on the situation and cause of death.
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