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Wrongful Death in Atlanta

Wrongful Death is when a person dies as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another person, company or entity. A wrongful death action is typically commenced by the deceased's immediate family members, such as the victim’s spouse, children or parents. The family members can file a wrongful death claim whether the loved one's death was accidental or intentional. The most common types of wrongful death cases occur from medical malpractice, car accidents, or criminal behavior. If a loved one has died and you feel that someone else may be responsible, an Atlanta Personal Injury lawyer can help you understand if you have a personal injury case.

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Atlanta Senior Police Officer Gail Thomas had just arrived at the scene of an accident on I-75 when tragedy struck.

While attempting to divert traffic away from the wreck, Thomas was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. On Friday, 22-year-old Chasity Nicole Jones pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter and one count of failure to obey the directions of an officer for the death of Jones.

Tragedy struck late Tuesday night when a house fire killed four children in Conyers, CBS Atlanta reports.

Reba Glass, the children's mother, was severely burned while trying to save her kids from the burning home. While police aren't entirely certain about the cause of the fire, they suspect the father of one of the children had something to do with it.

What goes up must come down. Henry Adams of DeKalb County knows that all too well.

Adams was spurred to action after 4-year-old Marquel Peters was killed on New Year's Eve 2010. A stray bullet hit the boy while he sat in a DeKalb church.

Now Adams is leading a grassroots push to stop celebratory gunfire in metro Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Three people were killed early Wednesday when a tractor trailer rolled on Interstate 75 near Cartersville, Fox 5 News reports.

According to authorities, the driver of the tractor trailer drifted onto the left shoulder of the highway and hit a guardrail, killing two people in the truck. A second tractor trailer driven by 58-year-old Hugh Duling III then crashed into the wreckage. Duling was killed in the accident.

On Tuesday, 5-year-old Robert Love was killed when he was hit by a car while walking home from school, CBS Atlanta reports.

The problem is that witnesses gave conflicting accounts about who actually hit the boy. So far, a FedEx delivery driver has been questioned in the case. If it turns out that the driver is to blame, FedEx could be the target of a wrongful death suit.

Andrea Sneiderman's love life has become the center of attention in a the wrongful death suit filed by her brother-in-law.

Steve Sneiderman filed the suit after his brother, Andrea's husband Rusty Sneiderman, was shot and killed by Andrea's alleged lover, Hemy Neuman. Now Steve's lawyer Esther Panitch has filed a motion seeking to compel Andrea to answer questions about Joseph Dell, her reported live-in boyfriend.

Andrea's attorney has fired back, claiming the case is "rife with false allegations designed to embarrass and harass" the Dunwoody widow, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Paulding County pastor Andrew Pray died Wednesday after he was hit by a bus while cycling on U.S. 41, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The bus driver, George Carroll, has been charged with second degree vehicular homicide and following too closely. Carroll and his employer could be civilly liable for the accident as well, if Pray's wife Courtney decides to file a wrongful death suit against them.

Black Friday is behind us, but shopping-related injuries and altercations continue.

On Sunday, shoplifting turned deadly after a middle-aged man was allegedly caught stealing DVD players at a Lithonia Walmart, Channel 2 Action News reports. A chase ensued, and employees detained the man after a scuffle.

When police arrived, however, the suspect was dead. If the victim has surviving family members, Walmart could soon be facing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Bonnie Turbyfield was driving her husband home from a routine knee surgery when Emmett Lee Turbyfield stopped breathing. Emmett Lee suffered irreversible brain damage from the incident and died two days later.

Bonnie blames her husband's death on the hospital's alleged failure to train its nurses, CBS Atlanta News reports. She's now pushing for a continuing education mandate for nurses, and has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Northwest Georgia Orthopaedic Surgery Center and the doctors and nurses who treated Emmett Lee Turbyfield.

Lending a helping hand cost a Henry County police officer his life Monday night.

Officer Elgin L. Daniel stopped on Highway 138 to assist a driver who had run out of gas. While Daniel and a worker from a roadside assistance company were offering help, a driver allegedly hit the two men and sped off, CBS Atlanta reports. Daniel later died from his injuries.