There is nothing more devastating to an individual and his or her family than the untimely death of a loved one. Unfortunately, this happens more often than any of us would like to think, and if this has happened to your loved one, our Marietta wrongful death lawyer is here to fight for the compensation you and your family require. Continue reading and contact the Miller Law Practice, LLC today to learn more about how we can assist you through this difficult time.
Marietta Wrongful Death Lawyer | Attaining the Justice Your Family Deserves
If you recently lost a loved one because of another person’s careless actions, you should not hire just any attorney; you should hire an attorney who can provide you with the personalized attention you deserve and need through this difficult time. Our Marietta wrongful death lawyer is here for you.
Eligibility for Wrongful Death Claims in Georgia
If your loved one has lost his or her life as a result of another party’s negligence, it is important to know that not all of a loved one’s family is allowed to bring a wrongful death claim. That being said, if you are the spouse of the decedent, you may bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. If the decedent did not have a surviving spouse, then surviving children can file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. Finally, if the decedent lost his or her life without a spouse or children, such as if the person was a child, then the child’s parents or legal guardians can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf.
Recoverable Damages for Wrongful Death Claims in Georgia
As long as you and your Georgia personal injury lawyer can prove that your loved one lost his or her life as a direct result of another party’s negligence, you should have a valid claim for the “full value of the life of the decedent.” This means that you may recover compensation for both the economic and non-economic damages you’ve sustained as a result of your loved one’s loss of life. You may recover compensation for the loss of companionship you’ve sustained, the loss of guidance, the cost of any earnings your loved one would have provided to your family, the value of household jobs that your loved one regularly executed (working on vehicles, plumbing, and other services that you will now have to pay for), and more.
You should also understand that you can file an estate claim, in which you may recover compensation to help cover the cost of the decedent’s pain and suffering, funeral expenses, the cost of medical treatment the decedent received prior to his or her passing, and more. If the decedent had written a will in his or her lifetime, the administrator named in the will must file the estate claim. If the decedent died intestate, meaning he or she did not write a will before passing, Georgia’s intestacy laws will decide which party will bring the wrongful death claim.
Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in Georgia
Though we understand that the last thing you’ll want to do while mourning the untimely passing of your loved one is begin speaking with an attorney about compensation, the truth is, there is generally a two-year time limit on filing wrongful death claims in Georgia, known as the statute of limitations. While we know it is challenging, it is generally best to speak with our firm as soon after the date of death as you can so we can hold the liable party accountable for their careless actions.
Contact Our Marietta Wrongful Death Lawyer
We know how difficult it can be to lose a loved one, which is why our compassionate firm is here to help you in any way we can. Contact the Miller Law Practice, LLC today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.