What is "Cause of Action?"

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What Is “Cause of Action”?

Losing a loved one because of natural causes is hard enough, but losing someone because of another person’s negligence or recklessness can be much worse. In Georgia, there are several statutes that allow for “cause of action” as part of the claim available to relatives seeking benefits in a wrongful death action, and our experienced wrongful death attorney can help. 

The original law was passed more than 100 years ago. Over the course of the century, the law has been amended many, many times. The message, however, remains the same. Some fatal circumstances should always be considered wrongful. 

If your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence, cause of action statutes provide basis for your wrongful death claim. An attorney might be able to help you with your claim and go over your case in greater detail. 

The following circumstances or causes can create grounds for a wrongful death claim under Georgia law: 

  • Medical malpractice
  • Contaminated or spoiled food
  • Intentional homicide
  • Any kind of negligent or careless conduct
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Driving under the influence
  • Engineering faults or malpractice
  • Faulty or unsafe construction
  • Illegal or improper service of alcohol
  • Unsafe prescription drugs
  • Other criminal acts

These are just a few of the common causes that constitute grounds for a wrongful death claim in Georgia. If you think that you have a claim and the cause of death is not listed here, you can always contact our attorney for a more detailed evaluation of your case. 

The right attorney can make all the difference in any case. Having someone on your side who knows the intricacies of wrongful death laws in Georgia could be the difference between success and failure, or thousands of dollars in benefits recoverable in your wrongful death claim. 


Call Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656 for a free consultation.


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