Most Common Causes of Preventable Death
By Michael Verna on July 12, 2019
Losing a loved one is difficult, and often the pain of the loss doesn’t completely fade. Things are made worse when the loss of the loved one could have been avoided. In these particularly tragic cases, it may be worth pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.
The Walnut Creek, CA law firm of Bowles & Verna would like to consider some leading causes of preventable death and how negligence could play a factor in the loss of countless lives. If you want to discuss the loss of your loved one and determine if a wrongful death lawsuit is worth pursuing, attorneys Richard T. Bowles and Michael P. Verna are here to listen.
Statistics on Preventable Death
According to a 2014 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these were the five leading causes of preventable death in the United States:
- Heart Disease - 34 percent were preventable, approximately 92,000
- Cancer - 21 percent were preventable, approximately 84,500 lives
- Unintentional Injuries - 39 percent were preventable, approximately 37,000 lives
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease - 39 percent were preventable, approximately 29,000 lives
- Strokes - 33 percent were preventable, approximately 17,000 lives
Was the Death of My Loved One the Result of Negligence?
Determining if a premature death was the result of negligence can be difficult. Sometimes the premature loss of a loved one is simply a tragedy, yet other times there is a person or party who is responsible for the loss of life, or at least the conditions that resulted in the loss of life.
Our Walnut Creek attorneys will consider the evidence in the case to determine if someone could be held legally liable for the death of your loved one. Below are some examples of negligence or recklessness contributing to the preventable loss of life.
Medical Malpractice and Preventable Death
If a doctor or surgeon makes a mistake, it can literally mean the difference between life and death. With regard to the five leading causes of preventable death, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic health problems means the chances of successful treatment and survival are drastically lower.
After studying data over from the last eight years, Johns Hopkins released a chilling study in 2016. According to this study, researchers estimated that 250,000 deaths each year were the result of medical mistakes.
Preventable Deaths from Serious Falls
Falls are a major cause of serious injuries. They are the leading cause of death in the construction industry according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the CDC notes that more than 3 million elderly individuals are sent to the emergency room due to falls.
If a worksite, building, or business establishment is unsafe and people are likely to suffer from falls on the premises, the designers or owners of the property may be held liable for preventable deaths.
Preventable Deaths from Auto Collisions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its early estimate of auto collision fatalities for 2018. According to these numbers, 36,750 people were killed in crashes last year, down roughly 1 percent from fatalities in 2017.
There may be numerous causes behind these crashes, including speeding, reckless driving, driver distraction, driver fatigue, and drunk driving. If another person’s negligence behind the wheel led to the loss of a loved one, you may have a wrongful death claim.
Speak with Our Team of Attorneys
The team at Bowles & Verna is here to help. For more information about your legal options after the loss of a loved one, be sure to contact a skilled fatal accident and wrongful death attorney. Our lawyers can be reached in Walnut Creek at (925) 935-3300.