Wrongful Death Lawyers Serving Atlanta & Duluth, GA
If you have recently lost a loved one in a tragic accident, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful deaths can happen due to car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and workplace accidents. When a loved one is killed in an accident unexpectedly, it can be emotionally and financially devastating. When a person or business causes another person’s death through negligence or recklessness, the deceased person’s family has a right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. The sooner you speak with a wrongful death lawyer, the better. You will need to file a wrongful death lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, or you will risk losing the ability to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer
At the law firm of James A. Rice, PC, We have extensive experience helping clients bring wrongful death lawsuits. Our wrongful death lawyers have the experience, resources, and skill you need to recover compensation during this difficult time. We understand that no amount of money can make your loved one come back. However, succeeding in a wrongful death lawsuit can help your family pay funeral expenses, medical bills, and allow you to recover your family’s lost income. Contact our Law Firm today to schedule your initial consultation. We offer all of our new potential clients a free consultation to meet with us and learn how we can advocate for them.
How a Wrongful Death Lawyer Will Help You
Attorney James P. Rice has extensive experience representing clients in wrongful death lawsuits. We have the resources you need to be successful in your wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death cases can be extremely expensive, and they can take over a year. We pay for all of the Cossacks associated with wrongful death claims, including hiring experts and investigators. We also cover the filing fees and court costs. You will not need to pay out of pocket until we secure a victory in your wrongful death lawsuit. We are not afraid to take your case to trial, should the need arise. When a defendant refuses to offer a fair settlement amount before trial, we will take your case to court.
What Constitutes a Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death involves a negligent, reckless, criminal, or intentional act that causes another person’s death. For example, suppose an intoxicated driver crashed into your loved one’s car, causing his or her death. In that case, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the intoxicated driver when there is reason to believe that a certain person or business caused your loved one’s death, either intentionally or negligently. It is worth taking the time to speak with a wrongful death lawyer. Courts hear wrongful death claims on the same grounds as personal injury claims, except in wrongful death cases, the victim did not survive his or her personal injuries. George’s Wrongful Death Act is the law that governs wrongful death lawsuits. Under the Wrongful Death Act, a plaintiff can bring wrongful death lawsuits for all of the following types of causes of action:
- Medical malpractice, including medication areas, misdiagnosis, medical injuries, and surgical errors
- Criminal actions that result in someone’s death, such as intentional homicide and manslaughter
- Product liability lawsuits involving defective consumer products, a failure to warn customers of the dangers of a product, and defective manufacturing
- Death caused by nursing home neglect or abuse
- Death caused by someone driving under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol
- Death caused by sanitation issues or contaminated food in commercial establishments
- Deaths caused by pedestrian accidents
- Deaths caused when a bartender continues to serve alcoholic beverages to a person who is visibly intoxicated
- Faulty engineering and construction malpractice
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Only certain individuals can bring a wrongful death lawsuit; only the following relatives of the deceased individual have a right to file a wrongful death claim:
- Adult child
- A personal representative of the estate
Suppose you are considering bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or company whose negligence caused your loved one’s death. In that case, we recommend speaking to a lawyer as soon as possible. Plaintiffs have two years from the date of their loved one’s death to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. There are a few exceptions to this rule. When there is a criminal case associated with your loved one’s death, you will have more time to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. The statute of limitations pause has until the criminal charges are resolved. However, in most cases, if you miss the deadline, you will not be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Successful wrongful death plaintiffs can recover damages for “the full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he or she lived.” These damages include compensation to cover the tangible and intangible losses that the deceased individual’s family has suffered. Damages available in a wrongful death lawsuit include funeral and medical expenses, and you loved one’s lost wages, including what he or she would have earned if not for the untimely death. You can also recover compensation for a loss of companionship and care, and compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering up until the date of his or her death. In some cases, families can seek punitive damages when the defendant was grossly negligent or indifferent to others’ welfare.
Contact an Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorney Today
If you have recently lost a loved one to an accident or personal injury, you need an experienced wrongful death lawyer on your side. Contact the law offices of James A. Rice, PC today to schedule your initial consultation.