Category: Wrongful Death

Venues with Live Animals Must Always Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Animals introduce an element of unpredictability into any situation. No matter how even-tempered and well-trained they may be, animals have moods and impulses of their own, and a limited ability to communicate them to their human handlers. Horses, in particular, are rightly known for their nervous temperaments, and it’s impossible to be sure what might spook a given horse on a given day. In general, commercial property owners’ safety responsibilities are tied to predictability. Accidents t...

MARTA Is Still Liable for Its Past and Ongoing Safety Issues

Last month, we talked about some promising new developments for the safety of MARTA commuters. Following multiple civil suits against MARTA, both OSHA and GDOT are investigating the transit service’s history of accidents and violence, and GDOT is attempting to impose a significant safety overhaul. However, as we noted then, actual changes have been slow arriving. Past tragedies have not been fully addressed, and in most cases, the issues that allowed them to happen in the first place are s...

There’s Still No Sign of Safety Improvements at MARTA Train Stations

Train stations don’t need to be dangerous places. There’s no ironclad reason why MARTA commuters should have to stand next to sheer drops, leading down to electrified rails and into the path of the trains themselves, without so much as a handrail to protect them. Airports don’t gather passengers along the side of the runway as they wait for their planes. High rise buildings don’t leave their elevator shafts hanging open when the elevator car itself is elsewhere. Yet train stations, includi...

Can I sue for wrongful death in a construction site fall?

Being a construction site worker has its inherent dangers, whether that be falling from a roof, getting injured by a power tool, or being hit by falling debris. In the worst accidents, workers can die. If you’re asking, “can I sue for wrongful death in a construction site fall?”, the answer is almost always “yes.” Of the 5,333 employees in the U.S. who died on the job in 2019, roughly 1 in 5 were construction workers, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Healt...

Apartment Complex Shootings Are Often Grounds for Wrongful Death Suits

Wrongful death lawsuits are often associated with accidents — scenarios where someone died solely because of a product malfunction, medical malpractice, or some other serious but unintentional wrongdoing. Surviving family members are less likely think of this option when their deceased loved one was the victim of a crime, but criminal homicide is, by definition, a form of wrongful death. It’s a death caused by the wrongful actions of another. The most obvious person at fault in...

Family of Main Moon Restaurant Owner May Have Grounds for a Wrongful Death Suit

The city of Tucker, Georgia lost a beloved local figure on May 11th, 2021, when a meat cooker at the Main Moon Chinese restaurant exploded, killing the restaurant’s owner, Mei Ying Chen. Community members reacted to her loss with disbelief, describing her as someone everyone knew, and stating that the restaurant has been a local favorite for over 20 years. No one else was injured, there was no fire, and the building did not sustain severe structural damage, although neighboring bu...

Surviving Family of Frederick Rooks Can Sue Ricky “Silento” Hawk for His Shooting

The rapper known as Silento, given name Ricky Hawk, has been arrested and charged with the murder of his cousin, Frederick Rooks. Rooks was found early the morning of January 21st lying on the pavement of Deep Shoals Circle in DeKalb County, dead from multiple gunshot wounds to the face and leg. Neighbors heard the shots at around 3:30am, and security cameras captured portions of the incident. Neither Rooks nor Hawk lived on Deep Shoals Circle, but residents of a nearby home were familiar ...

Who Gets the Money in a Wrongful Death Settlement?

If a loved one in your family dies as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation.  Whether caused by a car crash, a workplace accident, a defective product or any other event resulting in a fatal accident, a wrongful death claim is a legal remedy for the loss that you’ve endured.  We know that money can never replace the loved one you’ve lost, but it can help cover medical and burial expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the loss of future e...

Can You Sue a Hospital for Wrongful Death?

Families are horrified when a loved one goes into the hospital for surgery or illness but never comes out and instead dies in the hospital. Matters are made even worse if you suspect the hospital was negligent or careless and caused the death. If your family is asking itself, “Can you sue a hospital for wrongful death?” – the answer is “yes.” A wrongful death case is a lawsuit brought by the surviving spouse or family of a person who died as the result of negligence. A family member suing ...

Lake Lanier Probably Isn’t Haunted, But It’s Definitely Unsafe

Over the course of each year, more than 7.5 million people turn out to swim, boat, picnic, and otherwise enjoy Georgia’s beautiful Lake Lanier. Unfortunately, not all of them will make it home alive. Stories of drownings, other accidents, and mysterious disappearances on and around the lake have become so commonplace that many now believe it to be haunted or cursed. Of course, tellers of ghost stories tend not to be the most reliable historians or devotees of the scientific method. In f...