Defining Wrongful Death
Not every death is “wrongful.” Instead, Georgia’s statute identifies a wrongful death as one committed negligently or criminally. Wrongful death cases can also be brought when a defective product leads to death.
For example, a person is negligent when they fail to use sufficient care. A motorist who accidentally backs up into a person because they weren’t looking has been negligent.
Reckless conduct is more morally culpable. 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.
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.
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