What is wrongful death? These cases arise when one person or an entire business causes the death of another person, usually due to negligence. The situations in which these deaths occur are too numerous to list here, but you’ve probably already heard about some of the most common. You should know a little bit about each situation in order to better avoid them and learn what to do if you or someone you know is affected by a wrongful death.

Many wrongful deaths occur in the workplace. One of the most common occupations during which these occur is construction, but it can happen to anyone–even if the employer has strict rules and regulations for workplace safety. If an employer asks an employee to do something dangerous or work too many hours without rest, then the negligence could lead to wrongful death.

Car accidents are another example, and perhaps the most common. Distracted driving is a growing concern. If a driver takes his or her eyes off the road to view a text, fiddle with the GPS, or change the music station, then an accident may occur. If that accident results in a fatality, the driver’s negligence is to blame. Of course if an accident is caused because of a pothole or defect in the road, then a death could be blamed on the municipality where it occurred.

Wrongful deaths occur in hospital all around the world everyday. If a death is caused because a medical professional fails to follow procedure or universal safety precautions, or because someone misdiagnoses a disease or condition that he or she shouldn’t have missed, then the hospital is liable for the resulting death.

When planes encounter life-threatening mechanical troubles while in the air, it’s usually the result of negligence. A lot of redundancy goes into making sure these accidents don’t occur, and aviation disasters are most often the result of a “cascade failure” in which more than one thing went wrong. Usually this can be avoided. If a death results from these issues or a pilot’s negligence, then lawsuits are inevitable.

If a tractor trailer crashes, it might be the driver’s fault. When it isn’t, deaths usually occur after mechanical issues are overlooked or oversized loads are hauled incorrectly.

Sometimes a manufacturer is at fault when a defective product hits the market. If a death results or the product isn’t recalled when it should be, then negligence is usually to blame and there is groundwork for a wrongful death lawsuit.