Understanding the Basics of Wrongful Death Claims

If you have lost a loved one in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence or wrongful act, you might be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are handled in much the same way as ordinary personal injury cases are handled. Therefore, as the wrongful death claimant, you will need to be able to show that the deceased individual’s death was the result of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, negligence, or other wrongful act.

As part of a wrongful death claim, you might be entitled to recover certain damages. For example, you may be able to recoup the costs associated with burying the decedent, as well as the funeral expenses. In addition, you may be able to recover compensation for all of the medical bills, pain, and suffering that the deceased individual had to endure between the time of the accident and his or her untimely death. Likewise, you could make a claim for loss of the deceased individual’s love, care, and companionship, as well as for loss of future earnings if you were dependent upon the deceased individual for income.

Some wrongful death cases settle outside of court. However, in some cases, a lawsuit needs to be filed in order to get the insurance company to offer full and fair compensation. A knowledgeable Georgia wrongful death lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Moreover, if a lawsuit needs to be filed, your lawyer could litigate the case in the state court system.

Talk to a Georgia Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

The knowledgeable legal team at The McLendon Law Firm can assist you with every aspect of your wrongful death claim from beginning to end. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Georgia wrongful death attorney, please give us a call at 877-Rob-Wins or contact us online for more information about how we can help.

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Wrongful Death FAQ

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

The surviving spouse and children of the decedent have first priority when it comes to filing a wrongful death claim. If none of these individuals survives, then the decedent’s parents could file.

What is the Time Limit for Filing a Lawsuit?

A wrongful death claimant usually has two years from the death date to file a lawsuit.

What if I Don’t File my Wrongful Death Lawsuit on Time?

If a wrongful death lawsuit is not filed in a timely manner, then the claimant will be precluded from pursuing damages in the future.



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