According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental injuries account for over 130,000 deaths each year, and are the fourth leading causes of death in the United States. CDC data indicates some of the most common causes of accidental injury and death include the following:
- Car accidents;
- Being struck by or against an object;
- Poisoning; and
In addition to the above, research from the National Institutes of Health indicates that more than 200,000 people each year die as the result of medical errors and mistakes.
Anytime a loved one dies as the result of an accident, mistake, or due to another’s reckless or negligent conduct, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim. These types of claims can not only help family members meet medical and funeral expenses for their loved one, but they can also help in making up for lost income both now and in the future, providing the financial support your loved one would have wanted their family to have. While no amount of money can make up for the tragedy you have suffered, a wrongful death claim can get justice for victims, and help surviving family members recover from their loss.