Wrongful Death: The Shocking Numbers and Legal Solutions
CNBC reported that over 250,000 persons in the United States die from medical errors according to a recent study conducted by The John Hopkins University. This is reportedly the third-highest cause of death in the United States. But malpractice is just one out of many incidents that lead to wrongful deaths. As at 2005, over 45,343 persons died from motor vehicle fatalities.
A 2017 CDC report showed that about 169,936 unintentional deaths occurred in that year alone, accounting for the third highest cause of death in the United States. The report also disclosed that an average of 52 persons out of every 100,000 are likely to lose their lives to wrongful or unintentional deaths.
These are very disturbing figures. Even more disturbing is the fact that these reports barely cover all the possible incidents of negligence resulting in wrongful death. It is almost impossible to fathom the hardship the families of these deceased persons have to suffer for the negligence of another person or entity.
Aside from the grief associated with losing a loved one, wrongful deaths are so sudden and can negatively affect a family’s finances. All this coming at a time when funeral costs have risen and now cost thousands of dollars. Outstanding medical bills and other fees may also significantly weigh down a family’s financial standing.
Thankfully, the law provides ways for aggrieved families to secure justice and compensation for their loss, and ultimately, closure. At Uchelitigation, we can advise on and help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the people responsible for your loved one’s death accountable.
If you have lost a loved one to a wrongful death incident, our Chicago wrongful death attorneys can advise you on your rights and options.