Georgia 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.
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.
For 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have a case?
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could have a personal injury case. Every situation is different, so there’s no way to know if you have a case without consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney. If you are badly injured or a loved one has died, we are happy to speak with you and investigate the matter at no charge.
How do I pick the right attorney?
You’ll want to look for several qualities when choosing who will represent you. Your attorney should meet with you instead of sending an investigator, and he/she should be available throughout the process instead of having you consistently talk to a legal assistant. Your attorney should have a low number of cases so he/she can devote significant time to you and your case. Your attorney should have experience handling cases with facts similar to yours, and your attorney should have a proven track record with similar claims. Your attorney should also be able to devote significant money to your case so that he/she can hire experts, travel the country finding witnesses, and depose whomever is necessary to achieve justice. It’s also important to make sure your attorney is the right fit on a personal level, which is why you should take advantage of a free consultation.
What do I need to bring with me to the consultation?
For your free consultation, bring all relevant documents that you’ve collected regarding your case. If there are police reports, bills or correspondence from insurance companies, you’ll want to bring those items to the consultation so an attorney can learn as much about your case as possible.
How much is my case worth?
There’s no way for us to know how much your case is worth until we hear the details of your case. Be wary of any lawyer who gives you an amount without first evaluating your case. After evaluating the facts, an attorney should be able to determine how much to seek in damages, i.e., the amount of compensation you are owed for your injuries.
What do your services cost?
A consultation with the Stoddard Law Firm is free. In most circumstances, we earn no fee unless we win your case. If your claim is successful, we take a percentage of the recovered amount.