Alpharetta Wrongful Death Attorneys
Helping victims’ families recover
Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult experience under any circumstances, and this is especially true when your loss is due to the negligence of another person. You are likely angry, and uncertain of what to do next.
While the law cannot bring back your loved one, it does provide certain rights to a survivor to sue for the loss of the loved one through wrongful death statutes. Wrongful death lawsuits are different from other types of lawsuits alleging injury or loss, and involve a complicated body of law that is best navigated with the help of a professional. If you believe you have a claim due to the loss of a loved one, you should consult with one of the experienced wrongful death lawyers of Boling Rice, LLC as soon as possible.
What is a wrongful death claim?
When the death of a person is caused by the negligent or even criminal conduct of another party, Georgia law allows for the pursuit of a wrongful death claim against that party and/or his or her company. There are many types of incidents that may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. Some of the most common include:
• Auto accidents
• Tractor-Trailer/Truck accidents
• Motorcycle accidents
• Airplane accidents
• Medical errors
• Construction/Workplace accidents
• Industrial accidents
• Criminal acts of violence
• Product defects
Determining whether you have a claim depends on a variety of factors, and it is important to have the circumstances of your case reviewed by an experienced Alpharetta wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Wrongful death claims are subject to a different statute of limitations that other types of claims, so it is important to act as soon as possible.
Who can bring a wrongful death claim?
Georgia law limits the class of people who may bring a wrongful death claim. The statute provides that a spouse may bring a claim, and in the absence of a surviving spouse a decedent’s children may bring a claim.
If there are minor children, the surviving spouse must also represent their interests. In the case that the decedent has no surviving spouse or children, then the parents or the personal representative of a decedent’s estate may file a claim.
To learn more about how the law determines who has the right to bring a wrongful death claim, read our article on this topic here.
What types of damages are available?
The estate of the deceased is the only person that can recover damages for funeral costs, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The surviving family is eligible for a different set of damages, including the following:
• Loss of value of life
• Financial losses
• Loss of benefits
Contact an Alpharetta wrongful death attorney today for a free consultation
If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s wrongful act or omission, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled wrongful death lawyers, call our office today at (770) 355-0780 or fill out the contact form at the top of this page.