After you lose your loved one in a wrongful death accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost earning potential.
A wrongful death attorney from our firm can help you figure out which legal route is best for you in your pursuit of compensation.
Types of Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
In civil cases, you will usually be going after compensatory damages. According to the Legal Information Institute (LII), compensatory damages are “intended to compensate the injured party for loss or injury.”
There are two types of compensatory damages that you can recover through a wrongful death case:
- Economic damages: Losses that account for your tangible losses with a solid price tag
- Non-economic damages: Losses that cover your emotional and physical hardship
Economic Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
Economic damages can include both past expenses as well as future financial losses that would not have happened if your loved one was still here.
Examples might be:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future support
- Funeral and burial costs
- Property damage
Non-Economic Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
When you lose a loved one in an accident, your losses are much more than just money. You deserve to be compensated for the non-economic impact of their loss as well.
These damages might cover:
- You and your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship and moral support
You might be entitled to recover damages that are not mentioned here. Checking in with one of our lawyers to look at your other compensatory damages will be beneficial, as it can help ensure that you are appropriately reimbursed for your losses.
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How We Can Help You Pursue Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case
According to OCGA §51-4-2, surviving spouses and children are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Unfortunately, you do not have unlimited time to file. OCGA §9-3-33 dictates that wrongful death claimants have about two years to take legal action.
Don’t let time get away from you. If you don’t comply with this strict filing deadline, chances are that the court will refuse to hear your case. Of course, there are rare exceptions, like if a minor was involved in the accident.
If you give us enough notice, you can count on us to file your case before the statute of limitations expires. We can handle this task for you and others, like:
We Operate on a Contingency-Fee Structure
Deciding whether or not you have the funds to pay us should not be of any concern to you. We don’t charge any upfront fees or retainers. Alternatively, we will take our payment out of your total damages.
We Will Investigate Your Loved One’s Accident
First, we will investigate your loved one’s accident to uncover evidence of negligence. Some of the forms of evidence can include:
- Photographs of your loved one’s injuries
- Photographs of the accident scene
- The incident report
- Video footage, if available
- Expert and eyewitness testimony
- Medical records
This support, among other forms, will help prove that the other party’s actions applied to the four elements of negligence:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
We Will Handle the Bureaucracy So You Do Not Have to
Armed with this evidence, we will then negotiate with the insurance companies so that you do not have to. During this difficult time, you should spend your energy taking care of yourself and your loved ones, not wading through paperwork and dealing with the headache of an insurance company’s bureaucracy.
Let us handle the negotiation so that you can focus on what really matters.
We Will Be Your Advocates
We will be with you every step of the way during this process, advising you of your options and looking out for what is best for you and your family.
Don’t be shy to ask us any questions regarding your case, either. We are here to serve you.
We Make Our Clients’ Needs a Top Priority
At our firm, we use our decades of experience fighting for the most favorable outcome for our clients—that means you, too. If you have lost your loved one because of someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, then we want to help you recover the damages you need and deserve.
Our results speak for themselves; we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of victims of negligence like you.
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Call Kaine Law Now to Get Started
The sooner you call Kaine Law, the sooner our wrongful death lawyers can get to work on your case.
Get in touch with us today to receive your free consultation and to learn more about recoverable damages in wrongful death cases like yours.
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