Wrongful Death


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.

Please Contact Us for A Free Consultation

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 (800) 228-9159 and ask to speak with one of our Atlanta, Georgia wrongful death lawyers for your free consultation. You can also contact us online.

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About Lee Gutschenritter

Lee Gutschenritter is a trial lawyer dedicated to the representation of individuals who have suffered injuries and death due to the negligence of others. He has represented clients in cases throughout Georgia and has successfully litigated numerous cases in both state and federal courts.

Prior to joining Finch McCranie LLP, Mr. Gutschenritter spent several years working for one of Georgia’s largest defense firms. Insurance companies hired him to defend individuals and companies in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, medical malpractice, and premises liability cases. Throughout this time period, he gained insight into the operations and strategies of insurance companies, as well as first-hand experience in the strategies used by defense attorneys. Today, Mr. Gutschenritter uses his knowledge of insurance companies and defense techniques to help ensure his clients receive the best representation possible.

Mr. Gutschenritter was recently profiled on the front page of the Daily Report. A copy of the article can be found here. In 2016 and again in 2017, Mr. Gutschenritter was selected as an Atlanta Magazine Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” an award reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys in Georgia. He has been a featured speaker at several legal seminars around the state of Georgia. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Florida State University College of Law in 2008. While attending law school, Mr. Gutschenritter served as an articles editor on the Business Law Review and received the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award for his volunteer work in the community.