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The loss of a loved one can be the hardest and most painful thing a family may experience. Often, even long after the life is lost, there still exists extensive emotional pain and suffering. When a person dies because of the negligent actions of another, the grieving and personal recovery processes are even harder to go through. If you are reading this, then it’s possible you are experiencing this severe pain right now.

We at Berelc Law Firm know the grief can feel overwhelming and you’d like to postpone talking to a lawyer. However, insurance companies are not waiting. They are doing all in their power to investigate and disclaim responsibility for the accident or the negligence of their insured. For that reason, it is important to have someone on your side immediately, before key evidence disappears or is covered up.

Being a smaller law firm, we are directly available to our clients and handle all cases with the utmost compassion. Unlike our larger competitors, who route calls through paralegals and assistants, our Lavonia wrongful death attorneys are always directly available for any questions or concerns our clients may have.

Adopting this client-first mentality allows us to personally connect with each surviving family member to understand how they are suffering in order to seek the justice their deceased loved one deserves.

Contact our Lavonia wrongful death attorneys today online or by phone for compassionate, one-on-one client service. We can walk you through the claims process and move at a pace that you’re comfortable with.

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What Is Wrongful Death?

In the realm of personal injury law, wrongful death is defined as the loss of life caused by another party’s negligence or deliberate behavior. Individuals can file wrongful death lawsuits to hold at-fault parties liable for damages. In the state of Georgia, wrongful death laws exist so the victim’s family members can regain financial stability after a sudden accident.

Negligence is defined as a failure to exercise reasonable care. Drivers on the road have a duty to use reasonable care so other drivers and passengers aren’t injured in accidents, for example, and medical professionals have a responsibility to provide their patients with a standard of care, too.

Death can result from any kind of accident, but some accidents that commonly comprise wrongful death claims include:

  • Car accidents: With more than 6 million accidents occurring in the United States every year, it’s no surprise that many wrongful death claims arise from car accidents, too. Speeding contributes to countless road injuries and fatalities because of the force vehicles exert.

  • Medical malpractice: Doctors, nurses, and other medical staff can cause deaths when their patients’ lives are at stake, such as in a complicated surgery. Death can also occur in instances when the wrong medication is prescribed or a patient’s serious medical condition isn’t diagnosed in time to be treated.

  • Truck accidents: Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, meaning that any accident involving a truck can inflict serious damage and deaths. Trucks can easily injure or kill drivers and passengers through rollovers, underride accidents, and other types of truck-specific collisions.

  • Motorcycle accidents: In an auto accident involving motorcycles, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer from serious injuries or be killed because they’re more vulnerable. Motorcyclists don’t have seat belts or airbags that can protect them if they’re stuck, especially by a larger vehicle.

  • Defective products: Though we expect the products we purchase to be safe to use, sometimes defects aren’t caught and a dangerous product can contribute to a consumer’s death. Faulty brakes or damaged airbags, for instance, can contribute to a fatal car accident.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Georgia?

All states have their own laws governing the filing of wrongful death claims. Georgia law maintains that the spouse of the deceased individual is the first person who can legally file a wrongful death claim. If the spouse and deceased have children under the age of 18, the spouse can also represent the children’s interests in court.

If there are no surviving spouses or children, the parents of the deceased can file a claim. If there are no surviving family members, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file a claim.

Wrongful Death Settlements and Damages

In Georgia, there are two types of wrongful death claims that can recover damages. The first claim seeks to recover damages that relate to the value of the deceased person’s life, including lost wages and benefits and loss of companionship. The second claim recovers additional damages like medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and the pain and suffering the person endured before they died.

Our attorneys can pursue the maximum amount of financial compensation your family needs to get through this challenging time. Because wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of death, it’s in your family’s best interest to begin your case sooner rather than later. We can get started as soon as you call us.

For understanding, and comprehensive legal experience, call us. Our Lavonia wrongful death attorneys offer free consultations and strive to be as responsive as possible to our clients’ questions and concerns.