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What Accidents Are Considered Georgia Wrongful Death Cases?

There is nothing more tragic than losing a loved one unexpectedly. Not having a chance to say goodbye or say I love you one more time is heartbreaking. The loss of someone close to you can leave you in a state of shock and cause great sadness. When mourning and grief sets in, it is hard to think logically about the events leading up to your loved one’s death. 

If someone else’s wrongful actions intentionally, recklessly, or negligently caused your loved one’s death, certain family members of the decedent may be entitled to compensation due to the wrongful conduct that occurred. If your family member was in one of these types of accidents (listed below) that caused his or her death, you need to talk to an attorney to investigate the details surrounding your loved one’s death.

Types of accidents that a Georgia wrongful death attorney should review: 

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – automobile accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents are the most common causes of wrongful death cases nationwide. Sadly, over 40,000 people are killed in motor-vehicle accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These types of cases can be filed against the automotive manufacturing company for defective or malfunctioning parts. Additionally, the negligent driver involved, especially if he or she was driving drunk, can be held liable.
  • Airplane or Boating Accidents – just like motor vehicle accidents, airplane and boating accidents also could be considered wrongful death cases if a piece of equipment on the plane or boat malfunctioned and caused a death to occur. Additionally, wrongful death cases can also take place if the pilot or the boat driver was under the influence of alcohol. 
  • Defective Products – when a dangerous or defective product causes someone’s death, the law can hold the manufacturer or other party accountable due to a design defect, manufacturing defect, or failure to warn consumers of defects. This is considered product liability. 
  • On-the-Job Accidents – when professional negligence occurs and workers are exposed to dangerous working conditions or toxic chemicals that cause their deaths, employers and companies can be held liable for disregarding their employees’ safety.
  • Medical Malpractice – when a doctor, nurse, or even pharmacist provides health care services that causes a patient’s death, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against the person or hospital involved.

For help determining if one of these accidents that killed your loved one could be a Georgia wrongful death case, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 and speak with an experienced Atlanta wrongful death lawyer in a free consultation today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia