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, the family of a man who died of meningitis in another state has settled a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit against the clinic that injected him. The suit was settled for an undisclosed amount.
The man died after he was injected at a clinic with a steroid shot that had tainted meningitis. The clinic reportedly told patients they were getting a safe, name-brand drug instead of a generic medication. The man was one of 64 people in 20 states who died during a meningitis outbreak. A pharmacy linked to the outbreak filed for bankruptcy and gave up its license after it was overwhelmed by lawsuits.
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.