When a wrongful death occurs, it can be a heart-breaking and emotional time for the victim’s family members and friends. It is hard to process feelings of grief, injustice, and unfairness that your loved one was taken from you prematurely. These feelings can become even more difficult to process when the death of your loved one was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another.
The Atlanta wrongful death lawyers at The Angell Law Firm have considerable experience representing Georgia families in wrongful death cases. If you have lost a loved one and do not know what to do, here is some information that will help you get started. While nothing can ever compensate you for the loss of a loved one, we will do everything the law allows to help compensate you for your loss.
While it is difficult to make decisions in the middle of the grieving process, you should not wait to hire an experienced wrongful death attorney serving Atlanta. Important evidence concerning the accident may be lost and this could have a negative impact on the case. There is also a time limit in which wrongful death claims must be filed. You should speak to a lawyer soon to make sure that your claim is timely filed.How Damages are Awarded
A Georgia wrongful death claim can be complicated and confusing, which is why it is so important to have a wrongful death attorney in Atlanta on your side helping you with the legal aspects of this difficult time in your life. As the survivor of a loved one, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia for the recovery of the following three kinds of damages:
- The loss of the love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, solace, moral support, and (if a spouse is a claimant) consortium of the decedent;
- The value of the household services the decedent would have provided in the future, if any, and
- The value of the financial support which the claimant would have received from the decedent but for the death.
After a loved one has passed away, there are only certain people who may file a wrongful death claim. First in line is the surviving spouse. If there is no surviving spouse, then the children of the victim may file the claim. Others who may file a claim include the following:
- then brothers and sisters;
- then the children of deceased brothers and sisters;
- then grandparents;
- and then their lineal descendants.
To determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim, it is important to have a knowledgeable Atlanta wrongful death lawyer on your side. By hiring a Georgia wrongful death attorney from The Angell Law Firm, you can be assured that we will take care of all the details and answer all of your questions. Please call our office for your free and confidential consultation at (770) 217-4954.