Published on October 28th, 2021
If a loved one died due to carelessness, our lawyers might be able to assist you in bringing a wrongful death case against the guilty person.
When a loved one passes away, those left behind are frequently burdened by financial as well as emotional grief.
Attorneys in Atlanta have spent decades fighting for the rights of families who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence.
They’re committed to helping customers get the compensation they’re owed so they may focus on healing instead of worrying about money.
The attorneys at mg4law.com in the Atlanta office are dedicated to assisting individuals who have suffered the death of a loved one in obtaining financial compensation as well as justice.
Use the free, no-obligation investigation form to get in touch with them and learn more about how they might assist.
What Exactly Is Wrongful Killing?
Death caused by the negligence or intent of another person is known as “wrongful death” in legal terminology.
Wrongful death cases aim to hold a third party accountable for the death of a victim that might have been prevented.
A lawsuit may be filed against anybody who was negligent and caused the death, such as a negligent surgeon or a drunk motorist.
Even though money will never replace the loss of a loved one, Georgia’s wrongful death laws are set up to allow the family of a victim to recover damages and restore financial stability after a tragic event.
Damages Caused By Unjustified Killing
Surviving family members of the deceased may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, burial costs, and even punitive damages, depending on the facts of the case and the evidence available.
For exceptionally severe conduct, punitive damages may be possible if an offended party violated the law during the wrongful death incident.
In addition to monetary compensation, a family of the deceased may be entitled to:
- Suffering for the departed’s family.
- Before death, compensation for the dead’s suffering.
- Loss of future earnings from employment.
- Child, spouse, or parent recompense for the breakup of a relationship.
- Inability to collect unemployment and retirement benefits as a result of being laid off.
Only a limited number of people in Georgia have the right to file a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one.
Only the following families may get compensation for the death of a victim under Georgia’s criminal death statutes:
- The spouse of the victim.
- Surviving children of the late (if there is no spouse).
- Survivors’ relatives (if there are no children or spouses).
- The executor of the dead estate (if there is no spouse, children, or living parents).
According to Georgia law, if a spouse gets compensation and no will has been made, the spouse must split the award with any surviving children.
Parents or legal guardians will be compensated while their children are minors, and this arrangement will last until the kid reaches 18.
What Happens In A Wrongful Death Case In Atlanta?
Before we accept a new customer, we evaluate their claim. A third person, such as a driver or doctor, must have been careless or malevolent.
We must show that the defendant owed the dead a duty to safeguard them from severe harm, which was breached.
For example, doctors must provide specific treatment to their patients. An unrequested regular diagnostic test may result in a patient’s death. Then our lawyers must show carelessness caused the death.
This may include hiring medical experts to reveal the doctor’s negligence that killed the patient. Finally, we must show that the end of a loved one damaged the family. In the example below, non-financial losses occur.
Our attorneys may be able to assist you in insuring payment to the liable party. We will consult economists after collecting evidence and establishing liability.
We will call experts, investigators, and witnesses if the defendant refuses to settle. Our Atlanta trial lawyers are proud to go to court to guarantee our clients are adequately compensated.
If there is no will and a spouse gets compensation, the spouse must divide the award with any surviving children.
If the children are under the age of 19, the compensation will be put in the name of the parent or legal guardian. Fill out the free, no-obligation case review form to talk with them about your possible claim.