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Should my family hire a lawyer in our  wrongful death  case? 


​Yes, you should definitely hire a lawyer because determining an appropriate value in your case could be difficult. That determination includes examination of economic losses, injuries the deceased sustained, and involves liability issues as well.

Insurance companies know all of the tricks of evaluating wrongful death claims, and will try to settle for the lowest possible amount. Therefore, you need an attorney to work on your behalf to protect your interests. 


What factors determine my family's recovery in a wrongful death case?

The outcome will be based upon the deceased’s current earnings, past earnings and earning potential, the life expectancy of the person before death,  whether or not the person had dependents, any medical expenses arising from the incident that ultimately led to the person’s death, and funeral expenses.


What is the statute of limitations for wrongful death in Georgia?

In Georgia, wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of the death. It’s important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.


Can I pursue a wrongful death case for my deceased child?

Yes. Georgia law allows your family to pursue such recovery. 


Is there a limit on the amount that can be recovered? 

 

No, Georgia does not impose a limit on damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death case.



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We are here for you but we understand that the last thing on your mind after losing a loved one is probably consulting with an attorney, especially when funeral and medical costs were unexpected. We recognize that you hardly have any emotions to spare. However, there is evidence, regarding the circumstances of the matter, which should be preserved right away and may help to bring closure by answering those lingering questions that you may have.


Whether the loved one was killed instantly after a tragic accident or died years later due to complications relating to the injury,   your family likely has a compensable claim if their death was directly or indirectly caused by negligence, willful conduct, or indifference to the safety of others.         ​​

​Georgia law provides remedy for those entitled to recovery, which are the spouse and children of the deceased. Any compensation obtained is shared among the surviving family. However, spouses are guaranteed a third of the full recovery amount. In circumstances where the departed individual is not survived by any immediate family, his or her individual estate becomes eligible to recover.


Your family could be entitled to “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.” Additionally, medical bills, funeral expenses, and any pain and suffering the negligent party has caused can be recovered. 


You should consult with an attorney soon so the process of emotional healing can begin. We will investigate and litigate for your family so that you all can limit stress and allow your mental well-being to be your main focus during grief. Furthermore, your family's case may help to prevent it from happening to someone else.