Last breath, gone forever. There is no more hope, and nature has taken its course. Every person dies. When one considers that it will happen to them at some point, the notion becomes frightening. Younger people and children frequently brush off the issue, assuming it won’t happen since they are still young.
As people grow older, the prospect of dying in this culture that denies death becomes more accurate in their minds. However, what if illness and death come sooner than you thought and you find yourself thoroughly unprepared?
Death is inevitable, but the timing is not. Causes of death can be natural or unnatural. Statements like “he died of natural causes” can raise the question: What is considered an unnatural death?
What Is Natural Death?
We’ve all heard the expression “they died of natural causes,” but most of us are unaware of what it means. When someone dies from “old age” or because of a health issue or sickness, this is a natural death. Natural causes might be anything from cancer to heart disease to diabetes.
What Is Unnatural Death?
All deaths that cannot be classified as natural causes are referred to as unnatural deaths. This includes accidents, homicide, suicide, violent death (both intentional and unintentional), falls, poisoning or overdoses (both deliberate and accidental), and drowning.
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There are five recognized manners of death. The manner of death is the sequence of circumstances that brought about a person’s death.
- Natural: A natural death is caused by either old age or from an illness or disease.
- Homicide: Or murder is the intentional and unlawful killing of one person by another
- Accident: When the fatal outcome was involuntary and there is no sign of the intent to harm.
- Suicide: When a person purposefully kills themselves, it is termed suicide. Suicide is the second-leading cause of non-natural deaths among people aged 25 to 54 in the United States. Suicidal behavior is responsible for over 90% of all self-inflicted fatalities worldwide.
- Undetermined: When a clear majority of evidence suggesting a specific manner like homicide is not available, it’s called undetermined death.
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Contrasting Natural Death with Other Unnatural Causes
Knowing the risks and dangers between them is also best to understand how your actions affect your long and healthy life changes.
When someone dies, a physician issues a sufficient natural cause of death medical certificate, or a coroner performs an autopsy to determine the cause of death. An inquest is either held or not conducted afterward.
In some cases, the circumstances of death are unclear. There may be a dispute about the actual cause of death, especially if an extended period has elapsed.
Suppose the careless or negligent conduct of another person, company, or institution resulted in losing a loved one. In that case, you might be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the individual responsible.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault Today
For more than 60 years, our Toledo accident and injury attorneys have represented families in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan wrongful death actions. As a result of our skilled, aggressive and passionate representation, we have secured tens of millions of dollars in compensation for families of wrongful death victims throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Protect yourself and your family. Schedule a free consultation at one of our convenient office locations. Call 419-843-6663 or contact us online.
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