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What are the most common types of Wrongful Death cases in Georgia?

Published in Personal Injury,wrongful death on November 24, 2017.

The law on wrongful death is designed to ensure that the bereaved are compensated following the death of a loved one that resulted from another person’s negligence. There is a lot of work that goes into proving that the defendant caused wrongful death and that is why we recommend that you seek the services of an experienced wrongful death attorney from Nelson & Smith. Wrongful death can also be as a result of different types of circumstances or events. Here we discuss some of the most common types of Wrongful Death cases in Georgia.

Motor accidents

Car accidents are the leading causes of wrongful death in Georgia and across the U.S. if your loved one dies in a car accident that was caused by a driver’s negligence, the death can be categorized as wrongful death, and you will be entitled to compensation for the untimely death. Cases of wrongful death caused by motor vehicle accidents are near similar to those filed after under car accident injury claim. The only difference is that in the former, compensation is paid to the bereaved while in the latter, compensation is paid to the injured party.

Workplace Accidents

Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set standards for workplaces meant to ensure that the workplaces are safe for the workers. These standards are aimed at ensuring that workers are protected from workplace accidents that can result in injury or death. However, despite the strict measures that employers put in place at the workplace, accidents do occur and some turn fatal. Most of these fatalities can be associated with high-risk industries such as construction and manufacturing, but wrongful death can occur in any profession. If your loved one dies from a workplace accident, contact a Georgia, personal injury lawyer who will advise you on how to claim for compensation for wrongful death.

Medical Malpractices

Wrongful death can occur when a medical practitioner or an institution such as a clinic or hospital is negligent. It is common for patients to trust medics with their health and lives. In this relationship, the medical professional or the institution administering care owes a duty of care to the patient. In the event that the patient loses his or her life due to a mistake committed by a medic or the medical institution, the family of the deceased can sue for compensation for the wrongful death.

Dangerous or Defective Products

Manufacturers and distributors of products must ensure that these products are safe and will not harm their intended consumers. In some cases, defective or dangerous products make it to the market and consumers end up getting injured and some even lose their lives. In the event that your loved one loses his or her life as a result of using a faulty product, you can base your wrongful death claim on the provisions of the product liability laws.

The list above may not be conclusive. There are other causes of wrongful death that are not on this list. In case you wish to file a wrongful death claim which you are sure was caused by another person’s negligence, it is highly advised that you hire an experienced wrongful death attorney to handle your case. At Nelson & Smith, we have the experience and expertise needed to get a favorable outcome for your case. Contact us today for free consultation.

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