A Comprehensive List of Wrongful Death Examples

The death of a loved one is always a tragic event. When that death could have been avoided, however, it magnifies the trauma suffered by the surviving family members. Any time the culpable actions of a person, business, or public entity contributes to or directly causes the accidental or untimely death of an individual, a civil claim for wrongful death could arise. In the State of Georgia, these cases could be based upon some of the following causes:

  • Contaminated food

  • Dangerous medical devices

  • Defective products

  • Drunk driving

  • Engineering malpractice

  • Faulty construction

  • Illegal sale or improper service of alcohol

  • Intentional homicide

  • Medical malpractice

  • Negligent or careless conduct

  • Nursing home neglect or abuse

  • Unlawful or criminal acts

  • Unsafe prescription drugs

The point is a wrongful death lawsuit may be pursued in any circumstance in which blameworthy activities or the defendant’s unsafe merchandise led to another person's death.

A wrongful death suit in Georgia can assert that the defendant committed malpractice or acted negligently, served contaminated food, manufactured a defective device, or sold a dangerous drug. It could also be based upon accusations that his or her actions were criminal or that the defendant had intent to injure or kill the decedent. Basically, any conduct ranging from reckless to felonious may result in a wrongful death case.

In the State of Georgia, this includes the following:

  • Car accidents

  • Pedestrian accidents

  • Truck accidents

  • Train accidents

  • Construction site accidents

  • Elevator accidents

A wrongful death of this kind happens when a person has conducted him/herself negligently in a manner that resulted in the death of another who would have been unable to do anything to prevent it from happening. An example of this would be if the driver of a vehicle is intoxicated and veers off the road, subsequently killing a pedestrian. It is not likely that the pedestrian would have been able to avoid it. When the family has sufficiently recuperated from death, they might choose to file a wrongful death claim against the drunk driver.

When a person dies unexpectedly and tragically, the emotional effects are significant. Unfortunately, this is often followed by financial hardship, particularly in situations where the decedent was the primary provider.

A wrongful death case can be made up of medical costs and funeral expenses. These legal claims aren't only about recovering money but also about bringing closure to the family. They help provide a sense of justice by having the person at fault literally “pay for what they have done”.

Many people become concerned about how their lawyer will handle a wrongful death case. In every survival action or wrongful death case, it is the responsibility of the plaintiff to prove both liability and damages. To determine liability, lawyers with a focus on wrongful death cases must occasionally force reluctant witnesses and defendants to disclose pertinent information.

Damages, however, can be achieved through witnesses, such as friends, relatives, companies, medical physicians, and other specialists. The plaintiff's lawyer must learn about the family’s history and losses. Pictures and recordings that clearly show the scope of the life of the decedent are instrumental in demonstrating his or her value to the family.

Economists, medical experts, and occupational experts are often used by the wrongful death attorney to provide the information required to assess the losses suffered by the plaintiff. This helps to build a strong case for damages.