The death of a loved one can result in an emotional and financial struggle. If you lost a family member due to another party’s negligence or carelessness, a wrongful death attorney in Atlanta can help you explore your legal options.
Although it can feel overwhelming to seek compensation at this time, your family is entitled to a payout that can help ease some of the financial burden associated with your loved one’s wrongful death. Our team can answer all your questions about filing a wrongful death lawsuit and guide you through every step of the way.
Compensation for Wrongful Death in Georgia
You may face new expenses after the sudden passing of a loved one. However, these damages must be directly related to the deceased’s accident or injury and death.
There are three typical categories of wrongful death compensation that a lawsuit may pursue:
- Funeral or burial expenses
- Medical expenses incurred between your loved one’s accident and time of death
- Value of life, which includes both economic and noneconomic value
While these three categories may not cover all of your family’s expenses associated with your loved one’s passing, filing a wrongful death claim may help you stay afloat during this tough time. A lawyer with Kaine Law can help you figure out the value of your family’s losses.
Who Can File for Wrongful Death in Georgia?
In order to file a wrongful death claim, you must be a qualified family member. Those who qualify typically include immediate family members. You may file if you are a:
- Surviving spouse
- Child of the deceased
- Parent of the deceased
- Estate representative
If you believe you should be able to file based on O.C.G.A. § 51-4-2 or O.C.G.A. § 51-4-5, you can discuss your circumstances with our representatives. Since the person harmed by negligence has died and cannot file a claim, Georgia law gives others the right to file on their behalf.
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Georgia Wrongful Death Case?
After a loved one passes away, you have a limited to file a lawsuit. Per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you only have two years to act. Our firm can let you know when that exact deadline is and if this particular time limit applies based on the circumstances of your case.
How a Georgia Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Serve You
With the death of a loved one, you need to juggle your emotional needs with all the financial and legal aspects of their death, and this can be even more difficult if someone’s careless actions caused this death.
Our firm is ready to take the burden of a claim or lawsuit off your shoulders. If you work with our firm, we can:
- Help you determine who can bring the wrongful death action
- Negotiate with insurers and agree on a settlement amount
- File a lawsuit and represent your case in court
- Interview eyewitnesses to give details of the events surrounding your loved one’s wrongful death
- Call upon experts that will help support evidence of the other party’s negligence
- Valuate the damages associated with your loved one’s death
- Investigate all the circumstances of your loved one’s case to see what laws apply to your case
Civil cases involving a family member’s death can be complicated and confusing. Our lawyers are equipped to evaluate your case and figure out an appropriate course of action for pursuing damages.
What Accidents Cause Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs when someone dies due to another person or entity’s negligence or misconduct. There are several situations where a wrongful death may occur, including:
- Automobile accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action and a separate matter from criminal prosecution. The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to reclaim damages associated with your loved one’s death. No case is the same, but our firm is prepared to craft a strong defense for your case no matter what caused the death of your family member.
How Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Prove Negligence in a Wrongful Death Case?
An important aspect of any personal injury case is proving how another party’s actions were careless (or reckless) and caused the death of your family member. A lawyer will evaluate what duty of care the other party owed your loved one and prove how their behavior or choices went against this duty.
Our lawyers will have to show how this all resulted in wrongful death and gather all necessary supporting evidence and proof of losses. You do not have to burden yourself with these tricky legal matters; we are here to help.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
Losing a family member can be devastating under normal circumstances. When negligence plays a role in causing your loved one to suffer a deadly accident, may leave you feeling hopeless. The wrongful death attorneys at Kaine Law are ready to help.
We will guide you through every step of the process and will fight for the compensation you deserve. To speak with an experienced wrongful death lawyer, contact us today by phone at (404) 214-2001. Hablamos Español.