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, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a college football team's former head coach, assistant coach, trainer and a helmet manufacturer after the death of a player due to a head injury. Attorneys representing the defendants claim the coaches did not know the player was bleeding or had suffered a concussion.
The wrongful death lawsuit claims the player, who attended a university in a different state, died after participating in "gladiatorial" high-speed drills that caused players to suffer repeated blows to the head. The player reportedly returned to practice after the trainer bandaged him when his forehead was bleeding. He reportedly told an assistant he was feeling sick then collapsed into a coma and died six days later.
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.