Top Causes of Wrongful Death in Ohio

by Rob A. Nestico on Nov. 01, 2018

Accident & Injury Car Accident Accident & Injury  Wrongful Death 

Summary: Loss of a life caused by the negligence of another individual or party is known as wrongful death. Aside from the obvious heartache, a wrongful death can leave surviving family members and loved ones with serious emotional and financial hardship. However, the law provides some measure for relief. A wrongful death claim may ease the financial challenges surviving family members face and allow them to move forward with their lives. Here are the top causes of wrongful death in Ohio.

If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligent actions, reach out to the experienced Ohio wrongful death lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We can help you recover damages for funeral and burial costs, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW today or submit the details of your situation online to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.Wrongful death in Ohio is usually the result of the following accidents or incidents:

Car Accidents

Car accidents are the most common cause of wrongful death in Ohio. Despite efforts by the state to promote safe driving, many Ohioans speed, run red lights, drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or engage in distracted driving activities like talking on their cell phone, texting, eating, grooming, or fumbling with their radio controls, leading to accidents and fatalities.

Pedestrian Accidents

Since pedestrians do not have any protection while they are walking, accidents that involve pedestrians are likely to result in fatalities. If a driver did not see a pedestrian because they were speeding, impaired, or distracted and hits them, they might be held liable if the pedestrian passes away.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists usually face fatal injuries when drivers are driving aggressively or not paying attention to the road. Bicycle accidents are common in urban areas of Ohio and most frequently occur when a driver makes a right turn and hits a bicyclist who is in the right bike lane. These types of crashes may also lead to fatalities when drivers do not look for bicyclists as they are turning left at intersections.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to weather conditions and hazards on the road. They are also less stable than drivers of other vehicles and usually less visible to other drivers. Sadly, motorcyclists can lose their lives when drivers follow them too closely or fail to take notice of them while they are changing lanes.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, or another healthcare professional fails to provide quality care to a patient and causes them to lose their life. Birth injuries, misdiagnosis, improper or delayed treatment, lack of informed consent, surgical errors, medication errors, and faulty medical devices are examples of the most common types of medical malpractice. They typically occur when a medical professional cuts corners or does not follow proper procedures.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

We trust Ohio nursing homes to provide our senior loved ones with the compassionate care they need to live healthy, happy lives. Unfortunately, nursing home personnel sometimes neglect or abuse residents and cause fatal injuries. The most common signs of nursing home neglect and abuse include bed sores, dehydration, malnourishment, unexplained bruising, and social withdrawal.

Defective Products

When defective products are brought to market and lead to fatalities, the manufacturer, distributor, marketer, or another party in the chain of distribution may be held liable. Vehicles, child car seats, toys, home appliances, tools and machinery, pharmaceutical drugs, and virtually any other type of product can be defective.

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