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 64-year-old man and his 65-year-old wife were killed as they traveled to the Outback Bowl to cheer on the University of Iowa. They were involved in a multi-vehicle accident on I-75 in Perry, near central Georgia.
The Georgia State Patrol reported that the couple slowed with traffic when a speeding car driven by a 19-year-old hit them from behind. Both cars were forced into the guardrail and the couple's car overturned. The husband and wife were killed in the accident. The teen driver was uninjured.
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.