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.


The 2011 murder of an Atlanta woman returned to the news when her mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man who was originally charged with her murder. The suit was filed against a former Georgia Tech basketball player who was arrested and released back in 2011.


The player, who played briefly in the NBA, was charged with murder, aggravated assault and criminal gang activity in the shooting death of the 22-year-old mother of four. He was released on $230,000 bond but was recently arrested on drug charges that violated his bond release.


The wrongful death suit seeks compensation to assist the slain woman's mother in raising her four grandchildren.


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.

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