When a loved one dies it is a time of great emotion, and the survivors need time to process what has happened, to grieve, and to pull their lives back together. With all that’s going on, it is easy to forget about the circumstances of the loved one’s death, and whether it could have been avoided. Sometimes there are people or organizations who have at least some responsibility for the death, because of recklessness or negligence. These are called wrongful death cases. Wrongful death can be caused by health care malpractice, product deficiencies, a crime (homicide), intoxication, unsafe work conditions, and various issues connected to vehicle accidents, to name some common ones.
If it can be proven that recklessness or negligence played a part in a death, the victim’s family can sue for wrongful death and the estate of the deceased may be able to sue for other damages. However, Georgia law specifies who may sue and the nature of damages that may be recovered.
There are many factors to consider before you start a wrongful death legal action, and the best course is to get expert advice from an attorney who is experienced in dealing with wrongful death cases. In Georgia, that means contacting Michael W. McElroy, P.C., for a free consultation.