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Wrongful Death: When Negligence Steals A Loved One

If you have lost a loved one in a tragic accident that happened because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek justice for your tragedy. A wrongful death attorney can provide invaluable help. While no amount of money can ever replace the loved one you lost, it can help you start to recover.

What Is A Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe a situation in which one person dies due to the negligent, intentional, or reckless actions of another individual. A wrongful death may be caused by medical malpractice, a catastrophic automobile accident, criminal behavior, or even a dangerous product or workplace accident. When this type of tragedy occurs, the family members of the deceased are often left in an emotional and financial maelstrom.

At Adams Law Firm, we are here to provide compassionate support throughout this difficult time. We can explain the wrongful death legal process so that you have a clearer understanding of your rights and what to expect as your case moves forward. We also thoroughly evaluate every case so we can give each client the care and respect they deserve.

Wrongful Death Claims In Georgia

Georgia wrongful death statutes clearly define claim holders and persons entitled to compensation. Georgia laws state that recovery can include the “full value” of the life of the deceased. This can include:

  • Medical bills and funeral costs
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Pain and suffering compensation
  • Loss of companionship or services
  • Loss of insurance benefits

Our wrongful death attorneys will fight hard to ensure you receive compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of future earnings. We will also help you to pursue punitive damages against individuals responsible for your loved one’s death whenever possible. We want to help you get as close to being whole again as we can.

Who Can Recover Compensation?

In Georgia, certain family members have the right to seek compensation for the loss of a loved one. These eligible parties may include spouses, children, and parents.

A surviving spouse can pursue damages for loss of companionship, emotional support, and financial contributions. Minor or dependent children can seek compensation for the loss of parental guidance, support, and inheritance. In some cases, parents of a deceased child may be entitled to compensation for the emotional pain and suffering caused by their loss.

Who Is Responsible For A Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death can occur in various circumstances. Liability may fall on several different parties, including:

  • Negligent Individuals: Those whose actions or omissions directly led to the death, such as reckless drivers, drunk drivers, or medical professionals who provided substandard care.
  • Companies and employers: Employers may be held liable for deaths that occur in the workplace due to unsafe conditions or practices.
  • Product manufacturers: If a defective product caused the fatality, the manufacturer could be responsible.
  • Health care facilities: Hospitals, clinics, and health care providers can be held accountable for medical malpractice or negligence that leads to death.

Our personal injury lawyers at Adams Law Firm have the experience necessary to handle the complexities of a wrongful death claim. Our legal team approaches every case with personal attention, care, and compassion in what we know is a challenging time.

What To Do After The Wrongful Death Of A Loved One

When a loved one dies due to negligence, wrongdoing, or intentional harm, it’s essential to take certain steps:

  • Notify Authorities: Report the incident to the necessary authorities, such as the police or relevant regulatory agencies.
  • Preserve Evidence: Document any evidence related to the incident, including photographs, witness statements, and official reports.
  • Preserve Documents: Gather and keep all medical records, funeral expenses, and other documents related to the wrongful death.

Finally, it can be critically important to seek legal guidance. Contacting an experienced wrongful death attorney will help you protect your rights and guide you through the legal process.

Why You Should Consider Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit

We know that everything you’ve experienced with the tragic loss of your loved one has been emotionally exhausting. Contemplating a lawsuit can be overwhelming. However, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can provide numerous benefits for grieving families, including:

  • Financial compensation: Recovering damages can help alleviate financial burdens caused by medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income.
  • Accountability: Holding responsible parties accountable for their negligence can bring a sense of justice and closure.
  • Prevention: By pursuing legal action, you contribute to preventing similar tragedies from happening to others in the future.

Again, there is no settlement that can ease the pain of losing a loved one. But families who choose to pursue a wrongful death action can find solace in knowing they are holding negligent parties accountable and perhaps even saving another family from experiencing a similar tragedy.

What Is The Deadline For Filing A Wrongful Death Claim?

Georgia’s statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years. A wrongful death attorney will need to investigate and review each claim and any supporting evidence thoroughly.

If you choose to work with Adams Law Firm, you will find that our lawyers are accessible. We form lasting relationships with our clients that continue long after a case has been resolved.

Schedule A Free Consultation With A Wrongful Death Lawyer

Our wrongful death attorneys offer free initial consultations. During this appointment, we will answer your questions and tell you more about the legal process if you choose to go forward with your wrongful death claim.

You can contact us through our website or call us at 478-772-3939 to schedule your free appointment.