According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 126,438 unintentional injury deaths in 2010; this was the fifth highest cause of death in the United States. By comparison, there were 33,783 auto accident deaths.
Georgia wrongful death attorney Shane Smith can help a victim's family receive compensation for their loss.
A wrongful death claim may be pursued in Georgia when the negligent actions of an individual, business or public entity causes or contributes to an accidental or unnatural death. In Georgia, wrongful death cases can originate from the following tortious causes:
- Drunk driving
- Defective products
- Dangerous prescription drugs or medical devices
- Negligent conduct
- Medical malpractice
- Contaminated food
- Illegal or improper sale of alcohol, including violation of Dram Shop Laws
- Faulty construction
- Criminal acts
- Intentional homicide
The list is not exhaustive. A wrongful death lawsuit can be pursued when a defendant's unsafe product or property or negligent actions causes someone's death. It can allege negligence or claim that a defendant committed malpractice that led to someone's death. It can also claim that a defendant intended to hurt or kill the decedent.
If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. 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.