Wrongful death refers to a claim by a plaintiff (not the victim) who seeks to recover damages for the unjust death of another caused by someone's negligent, reckless or intentional acts. There are no specific guidelines that dictate the means of death; however, wrongful death tort claims frequently occur in several circumstances:
- Medical malpractice, especially errors in surgery, diagnosis and/or prescriptions;
- Product defects;
- Automobile accidents, including truck and pedestrian accidents;
- Criminal acts such as murder, physical abuse or neglect.
Clayton County wrongful death attorney Shane Smith represents families who have lost loved ones in auto accidents, truck accidents, DUI accidents, pedestrian accidents or serious premises liability accidents.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the family of a 92-year-old woman who was shot by Atlanta police officers during a no-knock drug raid was sued along with several law firms. They were named as defendants after they successfully settled their wrongful death lawsuit against the police department. An Atlanta activist and minister who unsuccessfully ran for Congress claimed to have an oral agreement with the estate's administrator who has since died in exchange for his public relations work.
The incident drew national attention as police raided the home, shot the woman and then planted drugs inside the residence. The activist claimed he was instrumental in drawing attention to the case and helping the estate reach a hefty settlement. The estate and its lawyers claimed the activist added nothing to the legal case and that the settlement was made without his assistance.
You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.