Defining Wrongful Death In Georgia
Not every death is “wrongful.” Instead, Georgia’s statute identifies a wrongful death as one committed negligently or criminally. These cases can come in a wide range of different forms. Here are some basic examples of wrongful death in Georgia:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicle in a careful and cautious manner. Deadly car accidents may be the basis for a wrongful death lawsuit. For example, a motorist who accidentally backs up into a person because they weren’t looking has been negligent.
- Defective Products: Wrongful death cases can also be brought when a defective product leads to death. Manufacturers and corporations should ensure that their products are tested and safe for consumers.
- Reckless Behavior: Reckless conduct is more morally culpable than mere negligence. For example, a person who shoots a gun into a crowd is not intentionally trying to kill someone. But their conduct is so risky that there is a high probability that someone will be seriously injured.
- Criminal Attacks: Intentional acts are even more culpable and are often criminal. Homicide is an example of an intentional, criminal act. Even though the defendant can be prosecuted, they can also be sued for wrongful death. Third parties (businesses and property owners) may be held liable for their failure to provide adequate security.
Ultimately, the key thing to takeaway is that wrongful death claims are liability claims. To recover wrongful death compensation in Georgia, you must prove that the defendant was at-fault for your family member’s fatal accident—either because of their negligence, recklessness, or outright criminal conduct.
Strong evidence is always needed to bring a successful claim. It is not always easy for people to know whether or not they have a claim. In some cases, the wrongful conduct of a defendant is clear, obvious, and egregious. In other cases, negligence is subtle. Do not assume that you and your family have no options. Set up a free, comprehensive consultation with an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer.
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