Wrongful death claims continue to rise in the U.S. to well over 100,000
wrongful death claims a year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
or CDC, track all wrongful death claims in the country, and report that
Georgia wrongful death claims are ranked as fourth in the nation for wrongful
deaths from motor vehicle accidents.
A wrongful death claim can arise from any type of accident where someone
dies due to the direct fault of another person. Wrongful death claims
for medical malpractice show over 90,000 claims filed each year. In addition,
over 6,000 people die on the job from a work hazard, and thousands die
each year from a slip or fall, or other physical injury caused by negligence
of a business or homeowner. Wrongful death claims can be made against
a school or university for a pledging or hazing death, against a police
department for the shooting and killing of an innocent victim, or against
a friend or family member who may have been responsible for a loved one’s death.
Wrongful Death Claims on the Rise
In recent news, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the family
of Robert Champion, the drum major at Florida’s A & M University,
died after a beating he received aboard the school’s band bus. Champion’s
family has filed a wrongful death claim against the bus company and the
university indicting that officials did not take enough action to stop
hazing even though they knew about the Marching 100’s history of
hazing. The wrongful death claim continues that the school did not act
of a key recommendation to suspend the band just days prior to Champion’s
wrongful death on the band bus.
Last year The Ithaca Journal reported that a wrongful death claim was filed
against Ivy League Cornell University and their fraternity Sigma Alpha
Epsilon for the alcohol related hazing wrongful death of a fraternity
pledge. Wrongful deaths can happen to anyone, anywhere. Wrongful deaths
can occur in the safety of your own home, out for dinner, attending school,
undergoing a medical procedure, or even by leaving your children at daycare.
If you think someone’s death was someone else’s fault, you
may have a wrongful death claim.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death claim laws vary from state to state, however, to file the
claim of a wrongful death, a person must have died due to the direct fault
or negligence of another person, business or establishment. Most wrongful
death claims most commonly involve medical malpractice, product failure,
negligence, motor vehicle accidents, law enforcement errors, pharmaceutical
mistakes, and in recent years, wrongful death on school grounds or during
school activities. Consultations with an attorney experienced in the wrongful
death laws of Georgia are critical to the filing of a successful claim
and law suit. In most instances, a wrongful death claim will involve monetary
compensation and the possibility of further legal action.
A wrongful death claim may be filed by the immediate family, life partners,
and financial dependents as well as by those who meet specific criteria.
For a free confidential consultation call your
Atlanta wrongful death attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes – let their expertise direct you through
the often emotional legal process of a Georgia wrongful death claim.
Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorneys
While Georgia wrongful death claims continue to rise you may not even be
thinking of filing a wrongful death claim. Dealing with the emotional
trauma of the senseless death of a loved one is something no one should
have to experience. While filing a wrongful death claim may be the furthest
thing from your mind, as soon as you are able, contacting an Atlanta expert
in wrongful death cases can preserve your rights and discover the necessary
information to prove a wrongful death occurred.
Choose an experienced wrongful death law team that is sensitive to your
grief yet aggressive on the wrongful death claim. Put the Atlanta wrongful
death law team of Goldstein & Hayes on your side. Call for a free