Wrongful Death



Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorneys

Approximately 135,000 people in the United States die every year from unintentional injuries. Unintentional injuries, also called accident-related injuries, are often preventable and typically the result of a careless or negligent act. When someone’s negligence leads to another person’s death, surviving family members can seek compensation through both wrongful death claims and related estate based claims. While these claims are a vital tool for families coping with the loss of a loved one, they are often difficult cases to handle and require the skill and experience of a qualified wrongful death attorney.

Every life has enormous value, but not every law firm can tell a story illustrating that full value to a jury. Damages in a wrongful death claim include both (i) the lost economic value of wages and household services that the deceased would have earned and (ii) a “non-economic” intangible value to be determined by the jury based on the evidence.  Telling the story of lost life requires your lawyer to hire expert witness accountants who rely on detailed calculations and accepted formulas to maximize economic value.

It also requires your lawyer to seek out friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and other persons – people who have a story to tell about the loss.

Who Files a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim is brought by the deceased heirs.  The Stoddard Firm represents the following clients in wrongful death matters:

  •       The surviving spouse
  •       The children of the deceased
  •       The parents of the deceased
  •       The brothers and sisters of the deceased.
Georgia has specific laws about who can bring legal action in a wrongful death case.

Determining who is entitled to bring an action is just one factor to consider when building a case. Family members will also need to file a claim within a certain period following the death of a loved one. This period is known as the statute of limitations, and in Georgia, the time period can vary widely depending upon the particular facts that caused the tragedy to unfold.

The important thing for families to remember is that laws vary in Georgia wrongful death cases depending on several factors, including the types of damages being sought and the manner in which the deceased passed away. It is not necessary for survivors to be well-versed in wrongful death law in Georgia to file a lawsuit. A qualified wrongful death attorney will be able to evaluate a case to answer the many pressing questions survivors might have.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Unintentional fatal injuries can happen anywhere to anyone. However, a look at some national statistics reveals some of the most common causes of accident-related deaths.

  • Approximately 35,000 people die in vehicle crashes every year in the United States.
  • Over 30,000 people die in fall-related accidents.
  • Unintentional poisoning leads to more than 40,000 deaths every year.
  • Nearly 5,000 workers in the United States suffer fatal work-related injuries.

Why File a Wrongful Death Claim?

For those mourning the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death case offers the opportunity to recover the costs suffered in the wake of tragedy.  A wrongful death claim can include compensation or benefits for a family’s lost earnings, and in addition, the associated estate based claim can provide compensation for medical bills, funeral bills and other end-of-life costs.

Atlanta Accident LawyerFor some families, a wrongful death claim is also about seeking justice.  In other circumstances, holding a negligent party responsible makes sure a wronged family does not have to shoulder an incredible financial burden. What is often most important to a grieving family, however, is that a successful lawsuit may prevent a negligent company from repeating its mistakes and seriously injuring or killing someone else.

When a loved one is lost, you have only one shot at justice.  The truth is that many law firms either are not properly staffed or are not willing to spend the time and effort necessary to illustrate the full value of the deceased’s life.  The Stoddard Firm is different.  We maintain an extraordinarily low case load so we can dedicate extensive time and substantial financial resources to obtain the full compensation our clients deserve.

Reaching out to us is free.  Please give us a call or contact us online so we can answer your questions and discuss what is necessary to achieve a favorable result.  It never hurts to have more information.


Your Top Questions, Answered.

Why do I need the assistance of a lawyer?

The legal system can be difficult to navigate for those unfamiliar with its many nuances. If you have been wronged by someone else, your case deserves a detailed analysis by an experienced personal injury attorney who can evaluate its strengths/weaknesses and advise you on how best to proceed. It’s important to protect your rights and level the playing field, because you can bet that the other side will employ skilled defense attorneys.

How much is my case worth?

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to precisely predict the amount that you will recover. The value of each case revolves around its unique circumstances. Generally, an injured party is entitled to be compensated for all the economic and noneconomic costs incurred as a result of the other party’s actions.

Do I have to go to court?

The best answer to this common question is "maybe." While many personal injury cases are settled outside of a courtroom, it is important to approach each one with the mindset that a trial is inevitable. We feel that being prepared for this possibility increases the likelihood of success -- whether through settlement or trial.

What happens at a consultation?

Attorneys understand that the legal system is confusing and can cause anxiety or stress in people who have already been through a painful event. A consultation allows someone who has been harmed the chance to tell their story to a professional in a safe, confidential way. Lawyers know what questions to ask and what details to uncover in order to decide if there is a legal basis for pursuing the claim. The Stoddard Firm is pleased to offer free consultations.

How do I pay for a lawyer?

To make legal services accessible, the common practice for many personal injury firms is to handle cases on a contingency basis. That means you pay a percentage of the amount that the lawyer recovers for you, either through settlement or trial. If your claim is not successfully resolved, you don’t pay. The Stoddard Firm is pleased to offer contingent fee arrangements.


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