Atlanta Wrongful Death Lawyer
When you lose a loved one in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Our firm has worked with a number of wrongful death clients, and we want you to know that you may be able to take legal action against the responsible party. A lawsuit won’t turn back time, but it can allow you to hold the party responsible for what happened. It can also give you the financial help you need to fill in the support you lost when you loved one passed away.
Our team understands how hard it can be to think about legal matters in such an emotional time. We are here to provide compassionate support that will allow you to do what needs to be done, freeing you to grieve and recover. You only need to contact us and tell us your story to determine if you do have a case, and to find out what next steps need to be taken to move forward with your case.
What Is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is the legal term for the loss of life that occurs due to negligence on the part of another. Wrongful death cases attempt to prove that another party was negligent or careless in such a manner that it contributed to or caused an accident that resulted in one or more deaths. These lawsuits can be filed against a wide variety of parties, ranging from drunk drivers, to businesses with unsafe practices. Murder cases are prosecuted through the criminal court system, whereas wrongful death is pursued through a civil lawsuit.
Wrongful death covers all types of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Dog bites
- Slip and falls
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Workplace accidents
What is important in a wrongful death case, regardless of the accident type, is that an individual or an organization acted negligently and contributed to the accident.
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The first thing a wrongful death attorney will do is to examine your case and determine if it is strong enough to move forward. Accidents result in death frequently, but only a few can be linked back to the negligence of another party. When you contact our office, an attorney will listen to your story and provide clear insight on the viability of your case.
When we take on your case, we will conduct a careful investigation of the accident, including interviewing witnesses and those involved in the accident, to paint a clear picture of what occurred. We must prove that the party that was negligent had a responsibility to the deceased to protect him or her from harm.
One example of someone with a duty to protect a victim would be a doctor providing medical care. The doctor has a duty to care for patients in a way that meets certain standards. Another example would be a driver on the road. The driver has a duty to all other drivers to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner.
To have a winning case, we must be able to demonstrate that the other party was negligent in a way that helped cause the death of your loved one, and demonstrate that your loved one’s death caused you and your family damages – like the loss of your loved one’s income. Damages do not have to be just financial, though. They can include less tangible damages, like the pain and suffering that resulted from the death.
As you can see, there are a lot of factors that must be present to have a successful lawsuit. One of the greatest advantages we offer our clients is our experience and our ability to demonstrate all the factors required to get a favorable decision from the court.
How Is Compensation Determined?
The damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death case may include:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills
- Punitive damages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of compensation for a spouse, child or parent
- Loss of retirement benefits
- Loss of income that the deceased would have provided in the future
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Compassionate Support During The Grieving Process
The emotional pain felt by you and your family is not measurable, and may take a very long time to recover from. It is an unfortunate reality that the business matters that come after the death of a loved one do not wait for your recovery. In a wrongful death situation, you not only have to worry about all the standard concerns that follow the passing of a loved one, you also have to worry about taking legal action soon enough to improve the odds of winning your case. That is why it can be so helpful to have someone to help and guide you during such a difficult time.
We have worked with many families in situations similar to yours, so we appreciate the weight you are carrying. Our goal as your legal team is to take over all the tasks and responsibilities of your case to free your family to grieve. While you are always the final word in what we do as your legal team, we are highly-trained and capable of pursuing your case with only as much input as is necessary. You can be as involved or as hands-off as you prefer. We will take care of the rest.
The state of Georgia has a statute of limitations for wrongful death cases of two years, so you must begin your case within a two year time from for it to be viable. However, we encourage our clients to get started as soon as they can after the accident to improve the odds of a successful lawsuit. The best time to gather evidence and get a clear picture of what happened is now.
If your loved one died in an accident and you believe the accident was caused by the negligence of another, please contact our Atlanta law firm today. We are ready to help you get started on your case.