Startling Statistics About Wrongful Death Claims in the US
Every year, thousands of families across the United States are affected by wrongful death claims. According to a recent report published by the National Safety Council, wrongful death claims have risen significantly over the past decade. The data reveals a staggering number of families affected annually by preventable deaths, highlighting the need for increased safety measures.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is defined as a death that has been caused due to another person or entity’s negligence or recklessness. It can be the result of medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, defective products, and even dangerous premises - among other causes. In such cases, surviving family members may be able to pursue legal action through wrongful death claims.
The Rise in Wrongful Death Claims
According to the National Safety Council’s report, there were nearly 150,000 wrongful death claims filed in 2018 alone - an increase of 45% since 2009. This equates to approximately 400 families affected each day by preventable deaths in the US. The most common causes of wrongful death claims included motor vehicle accidents (47%), medical malpractice (17%), and workplace injuries (12%).
The data also revealed that certain states had higher instances of wrongful death than others. For example California had more than 16% of all reported wrongful deaths nationwide in 2018; followed closely by Texas with 14%. Other states like Florida and New York also had significantly high numbers relative to their population size - 8% and 7%, respectively.
## What Can Be Done?
To reduce these alarming numbers it is essential that individuals take proactive steps towards increasing safety measures both at home and at work environments across America. Companies should ensure that their employees are adequately trained on all safety protocols and procedures; while individuals should take extra precautions when driving or engaging in hazardous activities such as swimming or using heavy machinery without proper supervision/training.
At Pacific Injury Law Firm we understand how devastating it can be for families who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness – which is why we strive to seek justice on behalf our clients through our comprehensive legal services Link. If you believe you may have grounds for a claim please do not hesitate reach out Link so we can help you explore your options further today!