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 mother of a man who was forcibly removed from a hospital in another state has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the security company that removed him. The company reported that the man was removed because he was "uncooperative" and unresponsive and the mother claims this was because he was dying or already dead.
The man was moved to the hospital's lobby then from his wheelchair into a waiting taxi. The security guards buckled the man into the back of the taxi despite his condition, and buckled him up even though he was at the very least seriously ill. When he arrived at his destination the man was found to be "unresponsive and cold to the touch."
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.