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 16-year-old who drowned at a popular Georgia water park filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages of $250,000 in addition to recovery of funeral and burial expenses and other pain and suffering damages.
According to the lawsuit, the water park had 15 lifeguards on duty and none noticed the teen underwater due to impaired visibility from poor pool maintenance. The water park went into bankruptcy while the suit has been pending and was closed for the past two summer seasons.
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.