Although people may pass away at any time for reasons that may not be preventable, people and organizations can sometimes be liable for a loss of life. This is why Georgia and other states allow civil lawsuits for wrongful death. Nothing can bring a life back, but liability may be found and financial damages may be available for the survivors of victims.
A lawsuit brought on behalf of a man who died of complications from overheating is possibly still active after a jury verdict on his behalf. Lawyers representing the defendant are asking a court to set aside the jury verdict because it allegedly violates Georgia law.
A state court jury in Muscogee County awarded $125 million to the victim's daughter after finding the owners of his apartment building partially liable for his death. Since the defendant is planning an appeal, a judge approved the plaintiff's motion to require a $25 million bond.
"That's the highest that you can get under Georgia law, no matter what the company is worth," said the plaintiff's attorney. "We asked for that. The court granted it. But the court also said we could ask for a higher bond if the circumstances warrant it."
The time after the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one is a very difficult one. It is easy to feel alone when you are not, and it is just as easy to make bad decisions. One of the many advantages of legal representation is that no one with an attorney is alone and there is always an adviser on the legal matters that can stem from a wrongful death.