Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Claims Approach 100,000 a Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that wrongful death claims attributed to medical malpractice continue to rise at alarming rates. U.S.court records document that nearly 100,000 wrongful death claims stem directly from physician errors that occurred during surgery, from medication errors, due to misdiagnosis of the disease or ailment, in providing a contraindicated procedure or treatment for a person’s specific problem.

Georgia Wrongful Death Claims High for Motor Vehicle Accidents

In addition to medical malpractice wrongful death claims, there are well over 10,000 cases of wrongful death directly tied to motor vehicle accidents (MVA), occupational work hazards with fatal accidents, and incidents where a slip and fall injury ends up being a wrongful death claim when all evidence is reviewed and evaluated. Georgia ranks 4th in the Nation for wrongful death costs which includes the pay-out for benefits, medical treatment costs, and lost pay due to the fatal MVA.

How do you Prove Wrongful Death?

Georgia wrongful death is typically claimed when a person dies due to the direct legal fault of another. In filing an Atlanta wrongful death claim it may be against a physician, a tractor trailer truck driver, a loved one’s employer, a restaurant owner, a homeowner or any number of people who your loved one may have interacted with. A Georgia wrongful death claim may only be filed if the claim meets specific codes, laws and state regulations.

Every Georgia wrongful death claim is unique in the circumstances, situation and evidence available. An experienced Atlanta wrongful death attorney will thoroughly investigate every minute detail, developing the defense strategy for your claim. Evidence, supporting data, eye witness accounts, and research will be used to support your claim, and it is imperative to find proper evidence before it becomes lost, tossed out or erased.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Although the State of Georgia has specific rules and regulations regarding a wrongful death case, the state allows both family and non-family parties to file a claim. In addition to the immediate family, a significant other, a common-law spouse, financial dependents, and a distant relative may initiate a wrongful death claim.

Expert Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorney

Wrongful death claims most often conclude with financial compensation to those filing the claim. In addition to paying a monetary penalty, the accused may also be faced with other fines and penalties, even jail time. Choosing an Atlanta wrongful death law team with a history of success in obtaining maximum compensation will relieve some of your fear and anxiety about being able to provide for the future. That team is Hurt, Stolz and Cromwell in Atlanta and Athens.

If a surgeon makes an error, a drunk driver crosses over the line, or a slippery grocery store entrance suddenly and tragically ends the life of your loved one, make the call to the Atlanta or Athens office of Hurt, Stolz and Cromwell for a free confidential meeting. Your case is unique and your loved one needs the team that will fight for future financial stability of their family. Make the call to secure the future.

Avoid Car Accidents by Following Bicycle Light Laws

Joining Forces to Ensure Compliance With Georgia Bicycle Light Law

Pedestrians and oncoming traffic have a hard time seeing bicyclists at night if they don’t use a headlight and rear light or reflectors, as required by state law. The Atlanta City Council teamed up with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting better biking through advocacy for over twenty years, on Friday, December 14th to hand out bike lights in a “Let’s Get Visible” effort to promote safety. Funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), Councilman Michael Julian Bond donated 200 additional lights to ABC volunteers. The donation is needed and this drive has a special focus: students and commute-to-work bicyclists.

Cyclists participated in a “Tour de Lights” ride that ended at a coffee shop on the west side. Members of the Coalition routinely carry extra bike lights with them to hand out as needed, and get together bi monthly to ride and promote safer and better bicycling in the Atlanta area. But this special, annual event is especially effective in drawing the public’s attention to the difficulty pedestrians and operators of motor vehicles have seeing bicyclists who ride without lights, especially in the early dawn and dusk hours.

The greater Atlanta area has experienced a sharp upturn in commuter as well as recreational bicyclers and now that Daylight Savings Time has ended, more cyclists will find themselves pedaling after dark. Unfortunately, at the time of year when visibility is needed most, many ignore Georgia bike laws requiring a front white light and rear red light or reflector.

Injured in a Georgia Car vs. Bike Accident? You May Need an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer to Sort Out the Facts

Why don’t some bicyclists use lights? The answers are varied. For some, it is a financial issue. Others don’t know they are required by law or where to purchase bike lights. Either way, without a bright white light and the proper rear light/reflector, bicyclists risk their lives and endanger the lives of unwary drivers and pedestrians.

Georgia motorists in the Athens area who have been unexpectedly injured in an accident involving a bicyclist without proper lighting should consult a metro Atlanta car accident lawyer. While bicycling is an economical, healthy, and fun way to get to and from work or school, visibility is key to avoiding a motor vehicle accident. Maintaining high visibility not only protects the bicyclists, it protects those he or she may encounter. Let’s save lives by making sure we’re all in compliance with Georgia motor vehicle and bicycle safety equipment.