No experience can match the trauma of losing a family member. This is particularly true when a loved one dies unexpectedly due to another person's negligent or malicious behavior.
If a person dies due to wrongful death in Georgia, a surviving family member can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Pursuant to Title 52 Chapter 4 of Georgia State Code 2010, one of the following people can bring an action for wrongful death:
● The surviving spouse of the deceased;
● A surviving child or the surviving children; or
● The administrator or executor of the deceased's estate.
If someone you love died due to another person's negligent or malicious actions, contact The Finnell Firm. An auto accident lawyer in Atlanta will help you claim compensation for medical bills, lost wages, funeral and burial costs, and other damages. Call 866-464-4017 to arrange a free initial consultation.
Let's take a look at three of the most common causes of wrongful death in Georgia:
1. Motor-Vehicle Accidents
Despite advancements in automotive safety technology, car accidents are still a leading cause of wrongful death in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road fatalities increased by 7.2 percent in 2015, raising the death toll to 35,092. The vast majority of these collisions could have been avoided if drivers had behaved responsibly.
2. Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents often occur on commercial properties when employees and storeowners fail to maintain their premises. There are more than 1 million emergency room visits every year due to slip and fall injuries, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 1 in 5 falls causes a severe injury such as head trauma or broken bones. Falls cause at least 95 percent of all hip fractures.
3. Medical Malpractice
A minor oversight by a surgeon, nurse or pharmacist is all it takes to kill a patient. Here are a few examples of medical negligence that are often deadly:
· Leaving a sponge inside a patient during surgery;
· Failing to monitor a patient during surgery;
· Improperly delivering a baby;
· Administering too much anesthesia;
· Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a medical condition;
· Dispensing the wrong medication; and
· Dispensing expired medication.
If your family member died due to the negligent or malicious actions of another person in Georgia, contact The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is an auto accident lawyer in Atlanta who will compassionately represent your interests.
Mr. Finnell will evaluate doctors' records, interview witnesses, arrange expert testimonies, and calculate the damages. He has been practicing law for more than 37 years, giving him the knowledge, resources and litigation experience to help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation.