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Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases

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If you have recently lost a loved one as a result of an accident, you may be wondering whether you have cause for legal action. Because no two wrongful death cases are exactly the same, it is generally a good idea to speak with a Georgia wrongful death lawyer before making assumptions either way. Not all accidents are cause for legal action, although a significant majority do provide grounds for a case. If you’d like to learn more before you have a consultation with the experienced team at Butler Kahn, know that these are five of the most common reasons people sue for wrongful death. However, keep in mind that this list is in no way comprehensive of all the reasons people seek the guidance of an experienced Atlanta wrongful death lawyer.

Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals such as physicians, surgeons, nurses and others are often sued for medical malpractice and wrongful death. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the death, a hospital can also be sued for its role in a patient’s death. Prescription errors, defective equipment, pregnancy neglect, misdiagnosis and surgical errors are some common reasons for pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Criminal Acts

If your loved one died at the hands of an alleged criminal, chances are that individual will be tried in criminal court for his or her actions. You can still file a lawsuit against the alleged criminal in a civil capacity for wrongful death. When surviving loved ones sue individuals for wrongful death resulting from criminal acts, they may recover property damages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and future expenses.

Auto Accidents

Someone passes away in an auto accident, they may be the victim of another driver’s poor decisions, a roadway agency’s failures, an automobile manufacturer’s negligence, etc.. A Georgia wrongful death lawyer can help surviving family members determine who to file a lawsuit against.

Workplace Incidents

Many workplace accidents are covered under workers’ compensation, but when a death occurs, it becomes a whole new situation. Workers’ comp can help cover funeral and burial expenses, but surviving family members may be entitled to a lot more. Whether the deceased was the victim of a burn, asbestos exposure, a fall or any other type of injury, the employer could be held liable if proper safety measures were not put in place beforehand.

Product Malfunctions

Whether a product malfunctioned, contained a harmful chemical or was defective in another way, if it caused an individual to pass away, someone may be held responsible for that product’s failings. It could be the designer, developer or manufacturer. A Georgia wrongful death lawyer can help surviving family members figure out who to sue. It’s possible multiple parties are at fault, and the family members can file a lawsuit against those parties.

Contacting a Lawyer

All wrongful death lawsuits are the unique. Every situation deserves the benefit of being evaluated by an experienced Georgia wrongful death lawyer. If you have recently lost a loved one and you have yet to schedule a consultation with our experienced team, please do so now.

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