When a person dies unexpectedly at the fault of another, whether it was intentional or an accident, the victim's family has the ability to bring a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. For example, wrongful death lawsuits after acts of violence, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, or auto accidents, can be brought against the perpetrator, doctor, employer, or other driver, respectively. If you have lost a loved one due to an unexpected event, call a Coweta County wrongful death lawyer to discuss your case.
There have been several high profile wrongful death lawsuits in the news in recent years. The most famous case that is currently in progress is the wrongful death claim brought on behalf of Michael Jackson by his mother. After the King of Pop tragically died of a drug overdose, his mother instigated the lawsuit claiming, among other things, that the doctor administering her son's drugs was unqualified and that his promoter, AEG Live, pressured the doctor into giving him the powerful drugs so he would be able and willing to complete his upcoming tour.
Another notorious wrongful death suit took place in 1997 against famous former athlete O.J. Simpson for the alleged murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. Even though Simpson was found not guilty in a criminal trial, he was ordered to pay $33,500,000 in damages in the civil wrongful death trial. It is important to remember that, due to different burdens of proof for the criminal and civil trials, a family member may win in a wrongful death suit for a homicide even if a criminal jury found him not guilty. For this reason, families often seek retribution for the murder of a loved one in civil court.
After the death of a loved one, families usually face financial hardships in addition to their grief. Furthermore, there is often the desire for closure after a sudden death, and holding the other party liable may help to achieve such closure. If you have lost a loved one due to a violent crime or an unexpected accident, an experienced wrongful death attorney can help you bring a claim and find that closure. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 as soon as possible for a free initial consultation.