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Wrongful Death


Wrongful Death


Georgia Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is never easy, but when it comes suddenly and tragically as the result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions, family members are not merely emotionally devastated. They may also be left wondering how they will pay medical bills and funeral costs, as well as survive without their loved one’s presence and financial support. And they are often questioning whether they can seek restitution and justice for the wrongful death.

What is Wrongful Death?

In Georgia, a wrongful death is one that results from the reckless, negligent or intentional behavior of another person. It might be the result of a traffic accident where the other driver was drunk or texting, a work accident involving defective equipment or unsafe working conditions, medical malpractice or a number of other unfortunate incidents that could have been prevented.

Who Can I Sue for Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death claims are filed against whomever is responsible for your loved one’s death. This isn’t always an individual. It could also be, for example, a hospital, automobile or product manufacturer, or trucking company, depending on the circumstances of the case and the cause of the incident resulting in death. In many cases, the defendant will have insurance, and you may end up fighting the insurance company. 

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Georgia?

Family members can bring wrongful death lawsuits. In Georgia, that means the parent, spouse or child of the deceased can file a claim. A wrongful death claim is essentially a type of personal injury claim, except that the injured person has passed away, and it is his or her family or estate that receives the compensation. These cases are filed in civil courts.

While it might be difficult to think about a lawsuit or investigations following a recent loss, it is important to remember that insurance companies are researching the accident and preparing a defense should a claim be filed. Now is the time to contact a wrongful death attorney to ensure your rights and interests are protected.

What Damages Are Awarded in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? 

In Georgia, wrongful death lawsuits can seek to recover expenses and losses related to your loved one’s death, such as funeral costs and medical bills. A wrongful death claim can also seek to compensate surviving family members for the full value of the deceased’s life. These damages might include loss of future income as well as the monetary value of intangible losses, such as loss of care or companionship.

Wrongful death lawyer J.L. King, II has years of experience obtaining fair compensation for grieving families. He seeks to ensure monetary losses are covered and also works to ensure loved ones are not left with undue future financial hardship as a result of their family member’s death.

How Does a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Work?

With most cases, our wrongful death law firm staff begins building a case by gathering evidence. This includes photographing the scene of the accident, interviewing witnesses and consulting experts. We also examine accident reports, medical reports and any remnants of the vehicle, product or equipment involved.

In Georgia, wrongful death claims generally have a two-year statute of limitations, meaning family members have roughly two years from their loved one’s death to make a claim. It’s crucial not only to hire a wrongful death attorney well before the statute of limitations expires but to hire one who is experienced at taking on insurance companies, who can help you understand your rights, and who will work to ensure you receive the maximum damages.

There is no typical length of a wrongful death claim. Many cases settle before ever reaching trial. It’s important for your lawyer to be skilled in negotiating with insurance companies and their attorneys, as well as experienced in the courtroom. With extensive and successful civil trial experience in South Georgia and across the state, The King Law Firm knows exactly what it takes to obtain maximum compensation for our wrongful death claimants. We work aggressively to pursue justice for your deceased loved one. Each year, we secure millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.

If you’ve lost a loved one as the result of a negligent, reckless or intentional act of another, contact The King Law Firm. By retaining our firm, you can be confident we will do whatever it takes to reach the most favorable outcome in your wrongful death lawsuit.

We proudly represent clients in Tifton, Valdosta, Albany, Thomasville, Waycross and all South Georgia communities. For your free wrongful death consultation, call us at (229) 515-8585.

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