Every year across the state of Georgia and the entire country, countless people lose their lives in preventable accidents. A large number of fatal accident incidents are the result of unintentional negligence, but many others can be attributed to reckless conduct and/or malicious intent. In such cases, eligible representatives for wrongful death accident victims often have the grounds to pursue punitive damages from liable parties.
It is an unfortunate fact that many families in Georgia have to deal with the loss of a loved one due to a tragic accident or mistake. At Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C., we have talked to many clients who were devastated by the untimely death of a family member. Whether the person who was lost was a child in a drunk driving crash or an elderly relative who was not cared for properly in a nursing home, the pain and grief can be overwhelming.
It takes great skill and strength to be a construction laborer. But while we at Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C., understand the pride one takes in a job well done, we also know that the construction field is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country today. In fact, according to CBS News, construction workers suffer the most workplace fatalities out of any other job.
When drivers take the wheel in Atlanta, they need to realize that a lot of responsibility sits on their shoulders. An automobile is, after all, a potentially dangerous piece of equipment. When operated carelessly, serious consequences, including death and disability, can occur. Just one bad or impaired driver has the potential to adversely affect so many lives. This is why it is so important for drivers to be vigilant while operating a motor vehicle and ensure that they have all their faculties about them while driving.
Wrongful death is usually termed to be the death of an individual caused by the direct actions or negligence of another that leads to a third party's loss. It's important to remember that a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil matter and is therefore separate from any criminal proceedings regarding the death of the victim. That doesn't mean, however, that someone cannot be tried in both criminal and civil court in Atlanta for the same incident. While the criminal trial is to determine the punitive actions that the state may enforce on the responsible party, the civil trial helps the deceased's family by offering compensation for the emotional and financial damages that they're suffering from.
The elderly members of our society are especially vulnerable to accidents, illness and even abuse by the people who are supposed to be their caretakers. Many elderly people are unable to care for themselves on their own anymore, and they should be treated with dignity and respect in their final days. When a family makes the difficult decision of placing a loved one in a nursing home, they should have the peace of mind knowing that the residence where their relative is staying will keep him or her safe and comfortable.
Surgery always carries risks, but it’s truly a tragedy when a doctor tries to save time or cut corners during surgery, and a patient is injured as a result. These types of surgical accidents are preventable, and injured patients or their family members often view them as inexcusable.
When someone goes in for routine minor surgery, the last thing they expect is for a major complication to occur, especially if it results in permanent disability or death. Sadly, medical malpractice cases from minor procedures happen from time to time in every state, including Georgia. Accidents caused by medical practice negligence can cause victims or their families thousands of dollars in medical bills or funeral bills, not to mention pain and suffering.
Monster Beverage Corp. is contesting its liability in a wrongful death lawsuit over the 2011 death of a 14-year-old girl. After the girl's parents sued for damages, the corporation stated that a pre-existing heart condition instead was the cause of her cardiac arrest and not the two Monster beverages the girl consumed shortly before her death. The company says that a medical examiner's report is inconclusive and lacks any physical evidence to link the girl's caffeine consumption to her death.
A $13 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit over the Georgia border in Alabama was intended to send message that driving under the influence can have serious consequences, according to the attorney representing the family of a girl who was killed in 2009 car accident. Even if the defendant never pays the full compensation, "the deterrence factor is the point," the attorney said.