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Our expert Wrongful Death Lawyers in Athens, Georgia may be able to help you seek the compensation your deserve from the responsible party if someone you loved was the victim of wrongful death in Georgia. 

The death of a loved one is never easy, especially if it could have been prevented. The Brown Firm's Personal Injury Attorneys represent those who have fallen victim to another person's negligent actions. 

At The Brown Firm, our experienced lawyers have years of experience advocating on behalf of those who have been injured through personal injury accidents such as car accidents, slip and fall, medical malpractice, and many more. We stand with the families who lost someone dear to them due to a wrongful death situation. We are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation that you deserve during this tragic time. 

Understanding Wrongful Death 

Wrongful Death only occurs when the loss of a life is due to the negligent actions of another person, which could have been prevented. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit you are trying to obtain compensation from the party at fault.

We hope you never have to experience the death of a loved one due to the negligence of another. Wrongful Death cases can be very complex and are substantially different from other personal injury cases.  In a typical personal injury case, the victim files the claim against the responsible party. In a wrongful death case, the family or estate must file the claim for the recovery of damages.

Filing A Wrongful Death Claim

If you intend to take legal action after losing a family member in an accident, it is important that you act quickly.  The insurance company representing the negligent party will take the case very seriously and will begin its investigation immediately.

If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, one of our expert lawyers can help you navigate the many steps involved in filing a claim and seeking compensation for loss of future income, pain and suffering, and expenses. Our lawyers can help if you are seeking compensation for a death caused by:

  • Motor Vehicle Negligence or Recklessness
  • Inadequate Safety by a Business Owner 
  • A Work Site Accident

You need an experienced attorney who will help preserve important evidence, conduct your investigation, and gather all evidence and testimony available to increase your chances of a positive case outcome.

Who Qualifies to Receive Compensation?

Athens wrongful death lawsuits only allow few people to file to receive compensation for a lost loved one. These people include;

  • Spouse of the Deceased
  • Children of the Deceased 
  • Parents of the Deceased
  • The Executor of the Deceased's Estate 

We know better than anyone that it can be difficult to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, so do not attempt to file your claim alone. Hiring experienced representation is crucial to the outcome of your case because we have successfully handled many similar cases before. 

Hire An Experienced Lawyer!

If you have lost someone you love due to the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to receive compensation for their wrongful death.

Our lawyers are committed to helping you with your personal injury case. 

We believe that each and every client has specific goals and needs which is why we take a personal approach so you will feel that your case is receiving the right amount of time and attention. Our superior customer service is backed by a staff that truly cares about you, and a team of attorneys who have the gratitude, understanding and compassion for your specific circumstances.

At The Brown Firm, we offer a Free Consultation to see how we can best assist with your specific needs. Click on the link below to speak with one of our Athens, Georgia,  Wrongful Death Lawyers! 

 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a Wrongful Death?

If an individual is killed because of wrongful conduct, the family of the victim and the other beneficiaries may be able to file a wrongful death action against the person or the people who are responsible for the incident.

This Tort Law is governed by the statute. But the wrongful death statutes differ from every state. Here is the link to Georgia's CodeBut generally, this will define who may sue for wrongful death and if there are any limits applied to the damages. 

Even before, the wrongful death statutes were created to provide the needed financial support for the widows and orphans and also to motivate people to exercise extra care to prevent injuries.

A wrongful death action is separate and very different from criminal charges. And neither of these two proceedings affects or controls the other. This only means that the defendant acquitted of murder can still be sued by the victim’s family in a civil action for wrongful death.

 How Much Does a Wrongful Death Lawyer Cost?

Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney will not cost you any upfront legal fees, because they work on what is called a Contingency Fee Basis, and also provide a Free Consultation.

A Contingency Fee Basis means that you do not pay any legal fees upfront, and your attorneys only collect a fee in the form of a small percentage of your final settlement.

Working on a Contingency Fee Basis is very beneficial to Personal Injury Victims because they can rest assured knowing that their attorney will do everything in their power to maximize their settlement for them.

Wrongful Death: When Is It Applicable?

A wrongful death claim is only applicable when a victim who was supposed to file a personal injury claim is killed because of the negligence of the person at fault or it can because of an intentional act.

Here are the situations that wrongful death can be applicable.

  • The victim is intentionally killed.
  • The victim dies because of medical malpractice. If for example, a doctor fails to diagnose a condition and if the doctor was too careless in providing care and results to death, it is considered as a wrongful act and can be taken against the doctor.
  • Vehicular accident death because of negligence. When a victim dies because of car accident injuries, a wrongful death claim is applicable.

Who Is Entitled To Compensation Following A Wrongful Death??

Individuals entitled to wrongful death compensation will depend on the state statute.

There are statutes that provide for the recovery by the surviving spouse, or next of kin, or maybe the children. There are some states that allow a surviving spouse to take action even when they are separated unless the spouse is proven guilty of desertion or maybe the spouse did not provide support.

There are some instances that the children will file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of their parents. And parents will also be able to file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of their children. There are some states that only minor children will be allowed to sue the one responsible for the wrongful death of their parents. And there are some state statutes that will not allow the parents to file a suit for an adult child who is already financially independent or married.

What Must Be PROVEN When Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

For the defendant to be liable for the wrongful death claim, the plaintiff should be able to meet the proof required. Here is an article that talks about evidence.

This will be the same proof that the deceased victim would have provided if he or she lived.

By using “negligence” against the defendant, this goes to show that the defendant needs to provide the victim with their deserved care.

This also means that the defendant did not meet his required duties where these duties were the cause of the death of the victim. This also means that the death of the victim caused the damages which the plaintiff now in trying to recover.

What is Considered For The Computation of Wrongful Death Damages?

There are certain factors to be considered when determining the amount of the damages for the wrongful death. In order to compute the compensation, the salary of the decedent that he or she could have earned will be multiplied to the number of years of the possible number of years that the decedent could have lived but will also be adjusted with inflation.

There are actual tables used as a guide for the average life expectancy depending on age and gender. The health status, as well as the nature of his or her work, will also be taken into consideration by the jury.