Every year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from one of the five leading causes of death, but many of those deaths could have been prevented, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to a new study, the five leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and unintentional injuries. Of each of those causes of death, the study found that 20 percent to 40 percent could have been prevented. Specifically, the CDC study suggests that, if all states had the lowest death rate observed for each cause, it would be possible to prevent:
- 34 percent of premature deaths from heart diseases, prolonging about 92,000 lives
- 21 percent of premature cancer deaths, prolonging about 84,500 lives
- 39 percent of premature deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases, prolonging about 29,000 lives
- 33 percent of premature stroke deaths, prolonging about 17,000 lives
- 39 percent of premature deaths from unintentional injuries, prolonging about 37,000 lives
With respect to unintentional injury deaths, the primary risks include:
- Lack of seatbelt use
- Lack of motorcycle helmet use
- Unsafe consumer products
- Drug and alcohol use (including prescription drug misuse)
- Exposure to occupational hazards
- Unsafe home and community environments
When a personal injury death involves negligence, the deceased’s family may be able to recover compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit for the following: medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of future income, loss of society, emotional distress, pain and suffering of decedent prior to death, and possibly even punitive damages.
Like any personal injury claim, however, there are strict time limitations – or statutes of limitation – on when a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed, which varies depending on the underlying cause of the death and applicable state law. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for most wrongful death lawsuits is two years from the date of death.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury and wrongful death claims involve complicated factual and legal issues, in addition to strict statutes of limitations, making it important to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an unintentional injury death. At Ankin Law Office, LLC, we are dedicated to helping victims of negligence throughout Illinois pursue any and all applicable legal claims, whether a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death claim.
If you were injured or a loved one died as a result of an unintentional injury, do not delay. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 and schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago personal injury lawyers.