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Have you lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence? Trust Dressie Law, Atlanta’s leading wrongful death attorney, to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
Wrongful Death Lawyer in Atlanta, GA
Losing a loved one is always painful. Knowing their death was preventable if people had not acted negligently makes the death even harder to bear. Whether it’s the result of a car accident, a dangerous product, or malpractice, the surviving family members are entitled to bring a wrongful death claim and seek compensation under Georgia law.
Working with an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer can make a difference in your case and relieve you of the additional stress of the claims process. They will handle your case from the initial filing up to the settlement and take your claim to court if necessary.
Compassionate personal injury attorneys at the Dressie Law Firm are committed to bringing you the best possible results and the compensation you deserve. Over the last twenty years, we have helped hundreds of bereaved families gain some peace of mind following their tragic losses.
The Wrongful Death Claims Process in Atlanta, GA
Wrongful death claims are similar to other personal injury cases. However, it’s usually more challenging to put a dollar amount on the worth of a loved one’s life and the non-tangible effects their loss has on the family.
That’s why the first thing you should do is consult an experienced wrongful death attorney. They will answer your questions and guide you through the wrongful death claims process.
- Determining liability
In a wrongful death claim, you seek to hold the liable party accountable for the death of your loved one. To do so, you must first identify those liable. Depending on the negligent actions that caused the death, the liable party can be:
- Motor vehicle drivers
- Medical staff
- Healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies
- Gathering evidence
To win a wrongful death case, you not only need to prove the liability of the defendant but also justify the settlement amount you are seeking. It’s crucial to build compelling narratives about your loved one’s life and how their death has affected you and your family. Your wrongful death attorney will collect and file medical records, expert statements, testimonies, and all the necessary evidence with your demand letter.
- Negotiating a settlement
After filing your demand letter with the at-fault party’s insurance company, the assigned adjuster will investigate the case and review your demand letter. They can either accept your request or make a counteroffer. Your attorney will negotiate with the adjuster to ensure you are fairly compensated.
- Filing a wrongful death lawsuit
While most wrongful death cases are settled out of court, filing a lawsuit in a civil court may be your only way to obtain the compensation you deserve. If all negotiations with the at-fault party fail, you are entitled to take your case to court. Your wrongful death attorney will file a complaint with the appropriate court and prepare you for the legal process.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Atlanta?
According to Georgia’s wrongful death law, only the individuals listed below may file wrongful death lawsuits:
- The surviving spouse of the deceased person
- The child or children if the spouse is deceased
- The parents if the deceased had no spouse or children
- The estate executor or administrator if there are no surviving spouse, children, or parents
Damages Recovered in Wrongful Death Claim
In addition to all damages usually recovered in a personal injury claim, wrongful death plaintiffs can recover additional compensation for:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of anticipated earnings and employment benefits
- Loss of consortium (companionship and affection)
- Potentially punitive damages
How an Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorney Help
Atlanta wrongful death lawyers are crucial to your case’s success. The families of wrongful death victims are understandably confused about what to do.
With the help of an experienced and knowledgeable wrongful death attorney in Atlanta, you can rest assured that someone is fighting for you. Our attorneys at the Dressie Law Firm can:
- Explain Georgia wrongful death laws and whether you are eligible to file
- Gather the necessary evidence to prove your economic and emotional damages
- Accurately calculate your damages
- Prepare and file your claim
- Handle all negotiations and communications with the at-fault party
- Represent you in court if necessary
Speak with a Dressie Law Firm Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful death cases are always difficult and painful. No amount of money can ever bring back a loved one. As wrongful death lawyers, our goal is to make sure our clients and their families receive the resources they need to maintain the same standard of living, send kids to college, continue paying for health care, insurance, mortgages, or anything else the loss of their loved one may have jeopardized.
Atlanta wrongful death attorneys at the Dressie Law Firm are passionate about helping those wrongfully hurt recover the maximum compensation for their damages, and we have repeatedly succeeded in doing so.
For over two decades, our personal injury lawyers have helped thousands in Atlanta and beyond and managed to recover over 30 million dollars in verdicts. When you work with a Dressie Law Firm attorney, you know you are getting the legal representation you need to prevail.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Soon Should I Submit a Wrongful Death Claim?
According to OCGA §9-3-33, a wrongful death suit must be brought within two years of the decedent’s passing. However, the sooner you act, the higher your chances of obtaining fair compensation. The process can take months to settle if not years. You should take this into consideration if you think your claim will go to court.
How Is Wrongful Death Settlement Split Among Family Members?
Any recovered amount for a wrongful death claim must be equally divided between the deceased person’s spouse and children or the surviving family members. However, a spouse cannot get less than one-third of the settlement.
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