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Common Causes of Wrongful Death

 

People die every day from countless causes, and it is always difficult for a spouse or immediate family when a loved one dies.  However, it is often harder when the death was unexpected.  Even more difficult still is when a loved one's death was both unexpected and preventable.  If your loved one dies as a result of someone else's fault or actions, whether their actions were intentional or unintentional, you could be able to hold that person liable by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.  You could possibly be entitled to receive damages, and while money will not bring your loved one back, it can help you adjust and handle the unexpected costs associated with sudden death.  It is important to call an experienced Peachtree City wrongful death attorney to evaluate your case and help you file suit.

 

There are an endless number of possible causes behind wrongful deaths, however the most common underlying reasons are:

 

Motor Vehicle Accidents:  Drivers are expected to operate their motor vehicles in a responsible and safe manner that prevents accidents, injuries, and death.  However, every day in the United States, drivers speed, run red lights, ignore construction signs, fail to give pedestrians the proper right of way, and much more.  If a driver's negligence or recklessness caused your loved one's death, you should consider a wrongful death suit.

 

Criminal Acts:  If a person commits criminal homicide, they can be held liable in both criminal and civil settings.  In addition to a criminal conviction and sentence, the loved ones of the victim can also bring a civil wrongful death claim against the perpetrator.  Because the burden of proof is lower in civil court, the accused does not have to be criminally convicted for you to bring a civil suit.

 

Other personal injury cases:  If your loved one is killed at work, by a negligent doctor, or by a product they had the right to believe was safe, you likely should file a wrongful death lawsuit.  Workplace accidents, medical malpractice, and products liability cases are all common types of personal injury, and if that injury leads to wrongful death, you may be entitled to a settlement.

 

No matter the cause of your loved one's unexpected death, you should consult with a Peachtree City wrongful death lawyer to see if you have a case.  Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today for a free consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia