Wrongful Death occurs when a person’s death is caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another. Each state has jurisdiction over its wrongful death cases. In some states only a spouse and children may bring a wrongful death lawsuit, while in other states, grandparents or other relatives may also bring a wrongful death lawsuit. In Georgia, family members of the deceased can file a wrongful death action or lawsuit against the liable party or parties.
Wrongful Death – Situations That May Lead to a Potential Case
Legal grounds for wrongful death can arise in a variety of circumstances. Examples include the following:
- A property owner or company’s negligence in the enforcement of safety regulations.
- A construction worker is killed because of faulty tools or equipment.
- A company does not enforce safety regulations, and a worker is killed on the job.
- A patient is killed after taking a defective antibiotic or over-the-counter pill.
- A patient dies during surgery because the hospital, the doctor, or the nurse was negligent.
- Someone dies because a crime was committed.
- Someone is intentionally murdered.
- A person’s reckless behavior results in another’s death.
- A pedestrian or passenger dies because a car, tractor, truck, bus, or motorcycle on the road was defective.
- A patient dies due to nursing home negligence.
- A passenger dies in a car accident because of a negligent driver.
- Passengers on a plane are killed because of pilot error.
- A person acts carelessly or negligently, and someone dies.
Evidence in a Wrongful Death Case
It is also important to collect and preserve evidence in a wrongful death case, whether it is a part from a tool or an appliance, an automobile, medical records, pill bottles or other evidence. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help you through the process from start to finish.
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It is important that you speak with an experienced Atlanta, Georgia personal injury attorney that can investigate the events surrounding the death for you. Please call Finch McCranie, LLP –toll-free– at the phone number listed at the top of the page and ask to speak with one of our Atlanta, Georgia wrongful death lawyers for your free consultation. You can also contact us online.