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.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a high school sophomore drowned in his parents' hot tub after smoking a now-illegal designer drug called K2 or Spice. The product was purchased at a Peachtree City convenience store and apparently originated in another state. The alleged Atlanta distributor has been sued for wrongful death. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants on two labs and a distribution company owned by the alleged distributor.
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.