Wrongful Death Lawyer in Atlanta

The death of a loved one is a shocking event, regardless of how it occurred. Some people die in traffic accidents while others die at work. Some of our loved ones pass when a person negligently harms them, while others are the victims of violent crimes.

At MG Law, we meet regularly with grieving family members who are unsure of how they will continue without their spouse, parent, or child. We understand that this is a difficult time.

Fortunately, Georgia allows some family members to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. This is a civil suit, not a criminal one, but it allows family members to receive compensation from the person responsible for their loved one’s death. If you would like more information, please contact us today to speak with one of our accident lawyers in Atlanta.

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Defining Wrongful Death

Not every death is “wrongful.” Instead, Georgia’s statute identifies a wrongful death as one committed negligently or criminally. Wrongful death cases can also be brought when a defective product leads to death.

For example, a person is negligent when they fail to use sufficient care. A motorist who accidentally backs up into a person because they weren’t looking has been negligent.

Reckless conduct is more morally culpable. For example, a person who shoots a gun into a crowd is not intentionally trying to kill someone. But their conduct is so risky that there is a high probability that someone will be seriously injured.

Intentional acts are even more culpable and are often criminal. Homicide is an example of an intentional, criminal act. Even though the defendant can be prosecuted, they can also be sued for wrongful death.

Bringing A Wrongful Death Case

Georgia gives certain family members priority to bring the lawsuit. The surviving spouse, if there is one, will file. When the spouse has minor children with the deceased, then the spouse also represents their interests.

When there is no spouse, then the children can bring a wrongful death action. And when there are no children, then the parents or personal representative for the estate can file.

Often, people are confused about who should file, so it is best to meet with an attorney. Our team has helped bring many wrongful death cases in Atlanta, and we are available to take your call.

Receiving Compensation

Wrongful death lawsuits are not criminal, so the defendant cannot be sent to jail. Instead, a court can order the defendant to pay compensation in the form of money damages for certain losses. Under the statute, compensation is available for the “full value of the life” of your loved one. Full value can include things like lost wages and benefits that your loved one would have earned had he or she not passed away.

Our clients can also receive money for intangible losses like loss of companionship or care. We understand that no amount of money can make up for the death of a family member, but awarding money damages is all a court can really do to try and make up for the loss.

Our attorneys have also managed to obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial expenses, as well as the medical expenses incurred to treat your loved one after the incident. We might also be able to receive damages for any pain and suffering your loved one experienced before passing.

If you are a surviving spouse, you are entitled by law to receive at least 50% of the damages, regardless of how many children survived your spouse. If there are no children, you will receive 100% of the compensation.

Georgia’s Statute Of Limitations

Our state gives family members a limited amount of time to bring this lawsuit. The relevant statute of limitations states that you must file your claim within two years from the date of your loved one’s death. Delay any longer, and a judge will dismiss your case for being tardy.

There are situations where the law grants family members additional time. For example, if there is an ongoing criminal case, then the clock is paused until the criminal case finishes. However, it is best to obtain professional legal representation as soon as possible because it is not always clear when the statute of limitations runs out.

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