Wrongful Death Attorney in Marietta, GA
Helping Atlanta Families Recover After Unimaginable Loss
At Connelly Law, PC, we understand the immense pain and sorrow that comes with the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one. While no monetary amount could possibly remedy the loss of a friend or family member as a result of someone else’s negligence, our wrongful death attorney can provide the compassionate legal support that Georgia families deserve during this difficult time.
Our exceptional legal team has over a decade of experience recovering compensation for injured victims and their families throughout the Atlanta metro area. We’re dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of those who have experienced the unimaginable loss of a loved one due to wrongful death. If you or someone you know has suffered such a tragedy, contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you take the first step toward closure.
Georgia families deserve justice after a wrongful death. Our firm can fight to achieve a fair settlement on your behalf. Call (404) 500-0259 to schedule a free consultation.
What Is Considered Wrongful Death in Georgia?
Wrongful death entails a fatality caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of another person or entity. Under Georgia law, surviving family members may pursue a type of personal injury case known as a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for the damages suffered due to the loss of their loved one.
Who Is Eligible to File for Wrongful Death?
In Georgia, wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by the spouse, parents, or children of the deceased. Other relatives, such as siblings or grandparents, may also be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in some cases.
Moreover, any other individuals who have suffered financially due to the loss of their loved one are also eligible to seek compensation for damages. This could include anyone who was financially dependent on the deceased person for their livelihood.
To pursue wrongful death litigation successfully, it’s important to understand how Georgia law applies in your particular situation and obtain qualified legal representation from an experienced wrongful death attorney.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Case?
In Georgia, damages awarded by a wrongful death lawsuit can include:
- Expenses associated with burial and funeral costs;
- Lost wages and benefits due to the deceased’s earning capacity;
- Medical bills incurred prior to death;
- Pain and suffering endured by the deceased before passing away; and
- Reasonable costs of litigation.
Additionally, surviving family members may also be eligible for emotional distress damages such as loss of companionship, grief counseling expenses, and decreased quality of life due to their loved one’s wrongful death.
Proving Negligence in a Wrongful Death Case
Wrongful death claims in Georgia seek to provide financial compensation for surviving family members who have experienced the loss of a loved one. In order to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, Georgia families must first establish legal standing and then determine that their claim is valid.
1. Establish legal standing
To establish legal standing, an individual must prove that they are related to the deceased and financially dependent on them. If more than one person is eligible to file a wrongful death claim, each individual must independently pursue their own lawsuit.
2. Present proof of negligence
Georgia law also requires that families demonstrate how the death of their loved one was caused by the negligent actions of another party. To prove wrongful death, families must be able to show evidence of the responsible party’s negligence or intentional harm. This can include medical records, police reports, and statements from witnesses.
3. Prove that financial damages resulted from the negligent act
Finally, it must also be shown that financial damages were incurred as a result of the wrongful death. Damages may include burial and funeral costs, lost wages and benefits due to the deceased’s earning capacity, medical bills incurred prior to death, pain and suffering endured by the deceased before passing away, reasonable costs of litigation, emotional distress damages such as loss of companionship or grief counseling expenses.
By meeting these criteria and filing their wrongful death lawsuit within 2 years from the date of their loved one's passing (according to Georgia's statute of limitations), families can take the first step toward the justice they deserve after their tragic loss.
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Once a family has determined that the death of their loved one was a result of wrongful death, they must take appropriate legal action to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Georgia families may follow these steps to file their claim:
- Obtain legal representation from a qualified personal injury attorney. It’s important to secure the support of an experienced legal professional with an in-depth understanding of state laws, as they can help your family navigate the complexities of the court proceedings and fight to achieve a fair settlement on their behalf.
- File a summons with the court and serve it upon the defendant being sued. This document will provide details regarding the wrongful death, including when and how it occurred, who is responsible for damages, and what compensation is being sought.
- Collect and prepare relevant evidence to support your claims. Next, the plaintiff’s attorney must investigate your case and compile documentary evidence to strengthen your argument. This could include hospital records, police reports, witness statements, or other relevant information that can help establish liability on part of the defendant.
- Participate in discovery proceedings. Afterward, both parties will participate in discovery proceedings where each side presents documentation related to their respective positions. This process allows each party to gain insight into what evidence may be used against them at trial if negotiations are unsuccessful.
- Attend a trial by jury if needed. Finally, if an agreement cannot be reached between both parties outside of court then a jury trial may be necessary where either side will present their case before a judge and jury who will make decisions pertaining to liability and damages awarded in favor of either party.
It is important for families of those wrongfully deceased to understand all aspects of Georgia law when pursuing justice in court so that they can receive fair compensation for their loss.
Strong Representation for Marietta Families
Our compassionate legal advocates at Connelly Law are committed to seeking compensation and justice on behalf of survivors and indirect victims after the tragic loss of a loved one. With over a decade of experience, our wrongful death attorney is well-equipped to represent families in Metro Atlanta and beyond.
Since 2012, our team has proudly served injured parties and their loved ones throughout Georgia. When you partner with us, rest assured that we’ll do everything in our power to recover maximum compensation on your behalf while resolving your case as efficiently and painlessly as possible.
If you or a loved one was injured in Marietta or the surrounding area, you deserve strong legal advocacy. Call (404) 500-0259 or contact us online to discuss your case with a trusted personal injury attorney.
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