There is no doubt that the loss of a loved one is one of the hardest life experiences you must endure, especially when that loss comes due to the negligence of another. You and your loved one deserve justice in this matter, so it’s important to seek the right Atlanta wrongful death attorney to handle your claim. I’ve represented clients since 1986 in a variety of personal injury matters, and in that time handled more than 6,000 personal injury cases for more than 10,000 clients. You can read more about me here.
Every state has certain restrictions on who is entitled to recover for the loss of a loved one. In Georgia, those entitled are the spouse and children of a deceased adult, when that adult has passed away from a negligent act by another party. Although the proceeds are shared among the surviving family, spouses of the deceased are guaranteed a third of the full recovery amount. In cases where the departed individual is not survived by any immediate family, that person’s estate then becomes eligible to recover. According to Georgia law, loved ones have the right to recover “the full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he lived.”
Another recovery that surviving loved ones are entitled to seek in a Georgia wrongful death claim is for medical bills, funeral expenses, and any pain and suffering the negligent party has caused. If the circumstances are extreme, a claim for punitive damages might also be brought.
Deciding a fitting value in a wrongful death case can be difficult, since it entails close examination of economic losses, injuries the deceased underwent, as well as liability issues involved in the case.
Insurance companies know all of the tricks of the trade when evaluating wrongful death claims, and will seek to obtain the lowest possible settlement. That’s why you need an experienced Atlanta wrongful death attorney working on your behalf and protecting your interests. I am the “People’s Lawyer” for a reason – I stand up against these bullies and get my clients the maximum amount of compensation possible.
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There is no way for another person to fully understand how you feel when you lose a loved one in an accident. However, I’ve handled cases like yours before, and when you retain my legal services, you can rest assured that your interests will be advocated vigorously.