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When you lose someone you love, the pain can feel unbearable – like it will never go away. The situation can become even more emotionally challenging if you find out that the death of your loved one was caused by someone else’s recklessness and could have been prevented.
In situations like this, it can help to consult with an attorney. A wrongful death lawyer at Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP can help you seek justice on behalf of your loved one and also handle the complicated legal matters surrounding wrongful death, while you are in the process of grieving. We understand that this is one of the most difficult times in your life, and our dedicated wrongful death lawyers are here to support you in any way we can. To find out more about how we can assist you, contact us today.
What Is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs when a person dies as a result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct. Negligence is when someone fails to exercise reasonable care in a situation, causing another person harm. When a person is negligent, they can be held legally responsible.
What Can Lead to Wrongful Death?
Many circumstances can result in a wrongful death including, but not limited to, the following.
- Motor vehicle accident: A distracted driver – who is texting and driving, drinking and driving, or not paying attention to the road in another way – can cause a fatal accident. You may be able to hold the distracted driver accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit.
- Manufacturing defect: If a defective product, such as a car part or medical device causes a fatal injury, it can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
- Medical malpractice: When a doctor or medical professional’s negligence during a diagnosis or procedure results in the injury or death of a patient, medical malpractice has occurred. Surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor or other medical professional. Work with our Georgia medical malpractice lawyers for more information and expert legal help with your claim.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Under Georgia law, a family member of the deceased or the executor of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Can You Recover in a Wrongful Death Case?
Through a wrongful death lawsuit, our attorneys can help you recover compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the measurable losses you have suffered as a result of losing your loved one unexpectedly, such as:
- Any medical expenses
- Any lost wages that would have been earned had the deceased still been alive
- The loss of inheritance – or the money the deceased would have saved had he lived a normal life expectancy
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are not as easy to calculate. They include:
- Your pain and suffering
- Your emotional distress
- The loss of love, comfort, and companionship
Though the compensation recovered in a wrongful death case cannot reverse what happened, it can help you by providing financial stability, and other resources and avenues of support during this difficult time.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer for Assistance
At Peak Wooten McDaniel & Colwell LLP, our wrongful death attorneys understand that nothing can make up for the loss of your loved one or take away the grief and pain you are experiencing. We can, however, help you find better resources to cope and protect your legal rights.
Call (833) 644-1899 today to speak to our Georgia personal injury attorneys and schedule a free and confidential consultation.