13 Feb 2017 Georgia House Fire Claims Lives of Former NFL Player, Girl, 10, and Her Mother
Three people died in a Georgia house fire on Sunday, February 12, including a 10-year-old girl, her mother and former NFL player Quentin Omario Moses. Fire officials aren’t sure what started the fire that killed Jasmine Godard, her mother Andria, 31, and Moses, 36, a defensive end for the University of Georgia Bulldogs who played for the Miami Dolphins, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Oakland Raiders before becoming an assistant coach at Reinhardt University.
Firefighters were called to scene at Shamrock Drive in Monroe around 6 a.m. on Sunday. Once inside, they found Moses unconscious on the floor and rushed him to Clearview Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. The Godards were found dead inside the home.
When someone dies due to the negligence of another, the law allows surviving family members, or “next of kin,” to file a “wrongful death claim.” The goal of a wrongful death suit is to get justice for families and to make sure they do not needlessly suffer financially. A wrongful death lawsuit is not a criminal prosecution, only state or federal prosecutors can bring criminal charges. The reason for a wrongful death claim is to compensate the heirs of the deceased.
“Families of use some of the settlement to honor the memory of their lost loved one. In this way, families are able to provide meaning to what is often a senseless tragedy,” said Eric Hageman, an attorney who has represented families who have lost loved ones in fires.
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