Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorneys
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Losing a loved one is devastating. If you lose a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or criminal behavior, you may have grounds for a wrongful death case. An experienced wrongful death attorney in Atlanta, like ours at Wood Craig Miller can help you hold those responsible for the death of your loved one accountable. We have more than 100 years of combined experience, and we know how these cases are handled in Georgia. Our lawyers are experienced litigators, and we are not afraid to go to trial to fight for your rights.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death?
The circumstances of your case will determine whether or not you can bring a wrongful death case. Wrongful death cases result from situations in which someone’s death is the fault of someone else through criminal activity, negligence, or recklessness.
Common wrongful death cases include:
- Auto, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Boating accidents
- Criminal activities, including homicide
- Drunk driving accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse and accidents
In addition to seeking compensation, you can also seek punitive damages in your wrongful death case. You may seek compensation for funeral and probate costs, lost financial support, and emotional pain and suffering. Punitive damages are sought as a means to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. These cases can be complicated and time-consuming, but the wrongful death attorneys of Wood Craig Miller are here to help you from start to finish.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Georgia?
Georgia has very specific rules when it comes to who can file a claim. According to the Georgia Code, Title 51, Chapter 5, Section 51-4-1, a spouse, child, or parent may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased loved one. A child of the deceased may only bring a claim if there is no surviving spouse. Likewise, a parent of the deceased may only file a claim if there is no surviving spouse or child.
In cases where there is no surviving spouse, child, or parent a representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death claim, recoverable by the deceased’s next of kin. In all cases, the statute of limitations to file a claim is the same, two years. This means you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a claim or you may lose your opportunity to do so.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Recovering the damages your family deserves after suffering through the wrongful death of a loved one can bring peace of mind knowing your expenses are taken care of and the negligent party was brought to justice. According to Georgia law common types of damages that can be recovered include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of care and companionship
- Pain and suffering endured by the deceased
- Lost wages and benefits the deceased might have earned
- Medical expenses related to the deceased’s last injury or illness
Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Claims
According to Georgia law, there is a two years statute of limitation on wrongful death claims. This means that you have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file a claim before the statute of limitation runs out, once this time limit is up you will most likely lose your right to file a claim and recover compensation. There are certain situations that can alter the time period you have to file a claim so it’s important to speak to an attorney about the specifics of your case as soon as possible.
We Make Your Best Interests Our Priority
At Wood Craig Miller, we work hard to fight for the rights of families impacted by the negligence of others. Our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers are driven to provide aggressive advocacy that puts the client first. We know how devastating this time is for you. Our goal is to help alleviate your burden by providing you with unparalleled legal representation. Our attorneys speak Spanish, Farsi, and Russian, and we can come to you when necessary. When you need a lawyer you can rely on, call us.
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