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Deadly or mortal; destructive; devastating.

A fatal error in legal procedure is one that is of such a substantial nature as to harm unjustly the person who complains about it. It is synonymous with reversible error, which, in appellate practice, warrants the reversal of the judgment before the appellate court for review. A fatal error can warrant a new trial.

A fatal injury is one that results in death. It is distinguished from a disability in accident and disability insurance policies, which includes those injuries that prevent the insured from doing his or her regular job but do not result in his or her death.

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While automobile safety has greatly improved over the last several decades, bringing the overall fatality rates down with it, motorcycle fatality rates have not declined.
This finding confirms the observations from previous studies showing that virus load and patient age are associated with EVD case fatality (4).
2010; Kellar and Schmidlin 2012); ii) many studies are case specific or are restricted to the analysis of fatality data obtained from a limited number of flood events in specific regions (e.g., Staes et al.
The effects of quantified targets on fatality reductions have been researched several times [8-11].
A total of 244 casualties in Balochistan (188 dead and 56 injured), 609 casualties (497 dead and 112 injured) in FATA, 202 casualties (127 fatalities, 75 injured) in KP, 234 casualties in Punjab (116 dead and 118 injured), 321 casualties (280 dead and 41 injured) in Sindh, as well as one fatality each in Islamabad and Gilgit Baltistan were recorded during this quarter.
During 2003-2013, the number of work-related fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry increased 27.6%, with a total of 1,189 deaths; however, the annual occupational fatality rate significantly decreased 36.3% (p<0.05) during this 11-year period.
Statistics released by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) indicate that pedestrian fatalities dropped from 9.5 fatalities per 100,000 of population in 2007 to seven fatalities per 100,000 people in 2010 and dropped further in 2014 to its lowest rate of one fatality per 100,000 population.
Using data from 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), the overall occupationally-related fatality rate in the United States was 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers; this includes all types of work across all sectors.
“All of this happening while the most recent National fatality data showed significant reductions in total fatal motor vehicle crashes down 20%,” says Alfred Crancer, Jr., a retired research analyst for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
What is even more alarming is that fatality rates are increasing over time, indicating the failure of the solutions that have been tried thus far to limit the hemorrhage of innocent lives.
Namibia's fatality rate per 100,000 population was pegged at 25.00.
Preliminary data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration indicates that, in 2012, mining fatality rates reached an all-time tow for the second straight year.