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.