Under Georgia law, a wrongful death suit can be filed by the deceased’s children, parents or spouse. The suit can be brought against any party who may have had a role in the death of the loved one, and can ask for damages that include lost future income, the mental and emotional pain and suffering the loved ones must deal with, medical care, funeral costs and burial expenses. In some cases, punitive damages can be sought if the party acted with clear disregard of the victim’s safety.
A 14-year-old girl’s death was allegedly caused by the negligent actions of a medical device manufacturer, two hospitals and Six Flags Over Georgia, a lawsuit filed by her parents claims. The device manufacturer made the oxygenation machine the girl was placed on after she was admitted to a hospital with breathing issues. The machine apparently malfunctioned and she coded.
More than one hospital was visited in the search for what was causing the girl’s issue. The girl’s condition had developed after she and her sister attended the opening of the Six Flags Over Georgia’s Hurricane Harbor water park. The girl’s parents claim that she was exposed to chemicals at the park. Apparently, chemicals were added to the water after it was tested by park attendants when a strong chlorine smell was reported by park guests. It is unknown what types of chemicals were used.
Dealing with a loved one’s unexpected death can be overwhelming. It can be even more difficult when the death didn’t need to occur. People may find it reassuring and beneficial to meet with an attorney and discuss their situation.
Source: AJC, “DeKalb parents sue Six Flags, hospitals over death of daughter,” July 22, 2016