Top 7 Most Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.Personal Injury Lawsuits

When a person dies due to the negligence of another individual or entity, it could result in a viable wrongful death claim. This is a civil lawsuit that seeks monetary compensation from the party responsible for a preventable death.

Pursuing these claims is never easy for the family of the deceased. The grieving process is hard enough without the challenges that come with a lawsuit added to the mix. Thankfully, at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, we can take the weight of this off your shoulders. To learn more, consider the following common types of wrongful death claims.

Car Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that these crashes also frequently result in wrongful death claims. Most of these cases result from the negligent act of another motorist. Some examples include speeding, reckless driving, or operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Workplace Accidents

It is not uncommon for wrongful death claims to originate from the workplace. This is especially true in dangerous professions like construction work. In addition to the physical injuries that can occur at work, a wrongful death claim could also involve a work-related illness.

Medical Malpractice

In unfortunate cases, a medical error can result in the loss of a patient’s life. This could involve a mistake during surgery or a mistake during the diagnosis or treatment of an illness.

Defective Products

Certain products are inherently dangerous. When the risks of using these products are unreasonable, any deaths they cause could lead to a viable wrongful death claim. These claims could include anything from kitchen appliances to medication to industrial machinery.


Many wrongful death cases occur as a result of a fall. These falls could occur from great heights and most commonly occur at construction, manufacturing, or retail job sites.  9.2 million people were treated for falls in the ER—some of them fatal.

Boating Accidents

Two primary risks of death come with boating accidents. The first is the impact of the crash itself. Often, a boat that collides with another vessel or fixed object will do so with enough force to cause fatal injuries. The second risk is drowning, which is a common cause of wrongful death claims.

Aviation accidents

Aviation accidents are relatively rare. However, they represent a reasonably large number of wrongful death claims based on the mortality rate. The vast majority of victims involved in aviation accidents do not survive.

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If your family has suffered a tragic loss due to another person’s negligence, you could be entitled to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim. During this challenging time, it could be in your best interest to put your legal claim in the hands of the attorneys at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer, & Graifman, P.C. Call right away to schedule your confidential consultation.

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