At Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers, we strive to ease the suffering of wrongful death victims’ families. We understand that you’re experiencing overwhelming grief. You might even feel that “it’s not the right time to call a lawyer.” Yet, you’re also wondering wonder what went wrong and who could have prevented it. Our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers will help you find those answers. Then, we’ll help you achieve justice for your loved one.
Our Atlanta personal injury lawyers have successfully represented wrongful death victims’ families for decades. We’ll deliver the best customer service and the greatest result. Our prior victories and our 5-star client reviews validate that promise.
Atlanta Wrongful Death Claims
If a careless person killed your loved one, you can file a wrongful death claim. Here are the types of wrongful death claims that our firm handles:
- Fatal car accidents – If your loved one was killed by a careless driver, you should hire a wrongful death lawyer.
- Fatal truck accidents – Fatal truck accidents are devastating. We can help you sue the truck driver and their employer.
- Dangerous properties – Many property managers don’t provide sufficient security at their properties. As a result, violent criminals target the property tenants and their guests. If your loved one was killed at a dangerous property, you may sue the property management company and the property owner.
- Defective products – Many people are killed by unsafe consumer products.
- Medical malpractice – If a dotor fails to diagnose a fatal condition, or the doctor kills the patient during a procedure, the victim’s surviving relatives may sue the doctor.
- Police killings of unarmed citizens – Although half of the people shot and killed by police are white, Black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate . They account for less than 13% of the U.S. population, but they’re killed by police at more than twice the rate of White Americans. Since 2015, police have killed 135 unarmed black men and women. Nearly 60% of the shootings occurred in the South, with more than a quarter in Texas, Georgia and Louisiana. If a police officer killed your loved one, we’ll help your family obtain justice.
All untimely deaths are tragic. However, not every tragic death is actionable. If you’re wondering whether you can file a wrongful death claim, contact an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer ASAP.
Wrongful Death Damages
If your loved one wrongfully died, nothing can fully compensate you for your heartache and grief. However, our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers can help you obtain support to relieve your financial burdens. If you’re the spouse, child, or parents of the deceased, you may file a wrongful death claim. Estate representatives also can file wrongful death claims.
Wrongful death claims enable you to recover compensation for the loss of your loved one’s “care and companionship”. If the deceased was your family’s breadwinner, you can also recover damages to cover your lost household income. Additionally, funeral expenses are recoverable.
Our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers will fight for the very best result. That way, you can focus your energy on recovering from your grief.
Wrongful Death Survival Actions
A wrongful death claimant can also file a survival action on behalf of the deceased. A survival claim is a personal injury claim that “survives” the deceased’s death. The goal of a survivor claim is to compensate the deceased, through their representative, for all the harms they suffered prior to death, such as:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Survival claim compensation honors the deceased. However, it’s disbursed to the deceased’s representative. That representative can then distribute the proceeds based on the deceased’s will, or, by agreement of the surviving family members if the deceased died without a will.
Georgia Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
There is a two-year window to file Georgia wrongful death claims. Georgia’s statute of limitations (SOL) encourages victims to act quickly before memories fade and evidence disappears. If you don’t file your wrongful death lawsuit before the SOL expires, the court may dismiss your case.
Two years might sound like a long time. But, it’s not. Wrongful death investigations may take many months. It also often takes 3-6 months for your lawyer to acquire the deceased’s medical records. If medical causation is disputed, your lawyer may also have to hire an expert to review the case before filing it.
The SOL typically begins to run on the date of death. However, there are certain situations in which the clock doesn’t start running right away. For instance, the SOL is usually “tolled” while a criminal investigation is pending.
You should speak with an experienced Atlanta wrongful death lawyer ASAP. That way, your lawyer will have sufficient time to evaluate your claim and, if necessary, file and serve your lawsuit.
Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers Can Help You
You may have limited information in the aftermath of a fatal accident. Don’t worry. We’ll help you secure all the information you don’t have. Then, we’ll analyze that information and tell you whether you have a valid wrongful death claim. If you do, we’ll calculate the value of your claim. Then, we’ll obtain the compensation you deserve.