Although the holiday season is a joyful time of year that is functionally synonymous with happiness, exciting gift-giving and gift-receiving, and delightful family gatherings, let’s not be naive to think that tragedies don’t happen during the holidays.
In fact, they do. And they happen quite a lot. Here at Licata & Yeremenko, A Professional Law Corporation, we encourage all our readers to stay safe during the holidays, especially when there are so many potential hazards around!
Our best California wrongful death attorneys have outlined the five most common death causes that occur during the holidays and that many people may not be aware of.
If your loved one has from any of the following causes, seek the legal advice of a wrongful death lawyer to investigate the cause of death and determine liability (wrongful death laws may apply if the death was caused by someone else’s negligence).
Even though no money in the world can undo what has happened, it can at least alleviate the financial burden that comes along with wrongful death.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
You’ve probably seen it coming, haven’t you? Yet, we can’t stress enough the importance of following all traffic rules particularly during the holidays, when there are so many drunk drivers on the streets of California.
Fact: over 140 DUI arrests are carried out across the country every day in the period from mid-December to early January.
Being treated by an alcohol- or drug-impaired doctor is not unheard of in California, where many medical professionals struggle with substance abuse.
During the holidays, the risk of becoming the victim of medical malpractice increases dramatically due to higher stress levels among doctors, alcohol consumption at work, lack of skilled medical personnel (and many untrained doctors and nurses filling their shoes), and many other reasons that can lead to medical errors, and, in turn, result in severe injuries or death of patients.
Fact: medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in our country.
While construction jobs account for a vast majority of occupational fatalities in the U.S., it’s not uncommon for people of other occupations – that are seemingly less risky – to die while performing their duties during the holidays.
For example, a cashier or a bank assistant may get killed by a robber during a robbery gone wrong (theft and robberies spike during the holidays, according to police reports in Los Angeles).
A person may also die because of a defective product. It could be a remote control drone that was a Christmas gift and exploded during first use or an oven that caused a fire in the house during hectic holiday preparations… or even a vehicle with faulty brakes that resulted in a fatal car accident.
In these cases, product liability may apply, and the manufacturers, distributors, and sellers may be held liable for wrongful death.
But even if you aren’t drinking and driving on the streets of California during the holidays – you may still become a victim of a pedestrian accident.
Those drunk drivers we warned you about above not only smash into other cars but also hit-and-run pedestrians and ram into bus stops, causing severe injuries or fatalities in pedestrians.
Sure, it may seem as if it would be safer to just stay home to avoid most of the potential hazards that put your life at risk during the holidays. But our wrongful death lawyers say that being careful and knowing your rights may prevent the above-mentioned accidents and incidents.
If your loved one has died and you believe that someone else was negligent or in any other way responsible for the death, get in touch with one of our best wrongful death lawyers immediately.