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Wrongful death doesn't usually involve murder

For better or worse, murder cases typically grab national attention like few other things. When a wrongful death case is connected to these murders, people are curious about the outcome and often follow it on the news. This could lead people in Illinois and elsewhere to believe that most wrongful death cases are connected to murders, but this is not actually true.

In reality, the majority of these cases actually tie into things that are a lot more accidental. A case could be started after a car accident, for instance, which may have happened due to reckless driving or simple negligence. A case could start after a death in the workplace, when an employer does not do enough to make sure that all employees are safe.

Often, things like drunk driving, medical malpractice, and even dangerous medications are cited.

These types of things will sometimes break into the national news. For example, if a harmful drug is blamed for a death and then the case goes to court, people will want to know about it in case they have used the same drug or lost a loved one who was using the drug. On the whole, though, they are not nearly as well-known as some murder cases, despite being far more common.

It's very important to understand exactly what constitutes a wrongful death and how something like this can come about. If you have lost a loved one and you believe that it was a wrongful death, make sure you look into all of the legal options that are open to you to seek compensation.

Source: FIndLaw, "Wrongful Death Resources," accessed July 03, 2015

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