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 & Lina, LLC – 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 & Lina, LLC on your side. Call for a free consultation today.