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The Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Wrongful death claims involve negligence resulting in a loss of life. Although not every death is considered wrongful, you’re entitled to recover compensation when you lose a family member or loved one because of someone’s negligence.

In Florida, you can recover damages from the wrongful death of your deceased spouse, parents, children, and relatives. 

Learn more about the leading causes of wrongful death and how a Tampa personal injury attorney can help you file a claim.

4 Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims in Tampa

Although wrongful death claims can stem from a myriad of different reasons, certain accidents and negligent actions make up a bulk of these claims.

1. Traffic Accidents

Car accidents are responsible for thousands of wrongful death claims in Florida every year.

Catastrophic crashes can happen whenever motorists drive distracted, fail to follow traffic laws, or operate a vehicle while intoxicated. You can file a claim against the at-fault party whenever negligence results in someone’s death.

2. Medical Malpractice

Medical procedures, big or small, always pose a risk to a patient’s health. Whenever medical professionals engage in negligence, misdiagnose a patient, or use improper equipment and techniques, wrongful death can occur.

When doctors and hospital staff fail to engage in reasonable care, you can file a claim against the party at fault.

3. Workplace Accidents

For many Tampa residents, the workplace can be a dangerous place. Employees can lose their lives due to accidents such as equipment malfunctions, slips and falls, and other occupational hazards. Employers may be liable for a wrongful death claim whenever a worker dies while on the clock.

4. Criminal Acts

Sadly, many criminal acts, such as burglaries, fights, or assaults, can result in the wrongful death of a loved one. On top of criminal prosecution, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Tampa Bay

At Shrader, Mendez & O’Connell, we represent plaintiffs in wrongful death claims in Tampa and across Florida. Call us at (813) 360-1529 for a free consultation and case review. 

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