Childbirth is a time that should be filled with nothing but excitement and love, but it can become, in the worst-case scenario, a time that is fraught with danger for the mother and the child. Unfortunately, there are instances of childbirth ending in tragedy: the death of the mother. When this occurs, eventually one important question may need to be answered - Was this an instance of wrongful death in which the surviving family members should pursue a legal claim?
"Tragedy" is a word that is, unfortunately, being used all too frequently in America these days. It seems like President Obama is ordered flags to be flown at half-mast almost every other month because of a tragedy that plays out in some part of the country. As Americans we all grieve during these national tragedies, but it can be easy to overlook the fact that every day in this country there are families experiencing their own personal tragedies. A fatal car crash probably takes place every day in America, leaving a family grieving over the loss of a loved one.
Our readers may have noticed that there is a disturbing trend that seems to be rippling through local and national news coverage these days -- inmates who die while in the custody of law enforcement officers and county jails. The most explosive story, of course, came out of Baltimore, where riots and looting erupted after a man died in police custody after he was reportedly denied medical attention. Unfortunately, a similar case has also played out in Georgia.
Most of our Georgia readers have probably spent quite a bit of their daily commute stuck in traffic near a construction work zone at one point or another. Infrastructure work throughout the country seems to be a never-ending and thankless task as most commuters simply want to get where they are going as soon as possible without construction delays. But, what many people may not realize is that the construction workers in those work zones may be putting their life on the line.
Many of our North Georgia readers probably rode a bus to and from school throughout much of their kindergarten through high school days. Indeed, most people throughout the country could probably say the same thing about their transportation to and from school. But, there is one part of riding a bus that almost no one would be able to recall -- wearing a seatbelt.
When a North Georgia resident loses a family member due to the negligence of another person, the loss is usually unexpected and devastating. Every day throughout America, people die in motorcycle accidents, car accidents and truck accidents. Many others die in accidents at a work site, or due to a faulty product. Accidents of many different kinds are one of the leading causes of death in America. For the family members of a person who dies in an accident, it may seem like there are no options.
Everybody experiences times in life that could be considered "forks in the road." Right now, in the springtime, there are millions of young adults throughout America who are at this type of juncture, deciding where they will go for college. For other people, it can be a choice between jobs or where to buy a home. There are all kinds of situations that can alter a person's life forever. Unfortunately, events like a fatal accident fall into this category.
The immediate aftermath of the loss of a loved one is not the best time for most people to be thinking about lawsuits and legal claims. Unfortunately, if the person's death was caused by another party's act of negligence, this period of time can be especially significant in the long-term view of a wrongful death action.
Accidents can be a fact of life. Accidents can happen at any time in any place, and happen to even the most careful of people. By their very definition, there is little that can be done to prepare for a truly random accident. But many accidents really aren't random occurrences caused by random coincidence. These accidents can be traced to the action or inaction of a person. Workplace accidents come in all shapes and sizes. Some accidents are so random that no amount of preparation could have prevented them while responsibility for others lies solely at the feet of one or more actors.
The criminal justice system in the United States is arguably a deeply flawed system. Part of the blame can be laid at the feet of the designers but most of the blame likely lies with the everyday actors whose personal opinions and work ethic can sometimes color the law. It could be the wrongfully convicted man innocent of any crime or the family of the victim who are seeking justice. Regardless of the reason, the fact remains that sometimes the criminal justice system fails those who rely on it the most.