Every Life Has Value
That's the driving philosophy of our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers. We understand that the tragic and unnecessary loss of a loved one can leave you angry, frustrated and confused.
At Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC, we cut through the anger, frustration and confusion. In this difficult time in your life, our personal injury lawyers will be your champions. We will fight for you and for the memory of your loved one.
We understand the intricacies of Georgia's wrongful death statute and the compensation issues involved. We will passionately and effectively advocate on your behalf.
If you've recently lost a loved one in the Atlanta, Georgia area as a result of someone else's negligence, you should speak to our wrongful death lawyers. Please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today at 404-760-7400 for a free consultation.
Georgia's Wrongful Death Law
The state of Georgia's wrongful death statute allows a surviving spouse, a child (if there is no spouse) or parents (if there is no spouse or child) to pursue compensation for "the full value of the life" of the lost loved one.
In many states, wrongful death compensation is restricted to economic damages, such as lost wages. This can mean that a poorer family is disadvantaged in the courts. However, Georgia law also allows for the pursuit of non-economic damages as well.
As such, our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers can usually pursue compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Emotional pain and suffering
- The value of lost companionship
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Sadly, there are a wide range of wrongful death case types. Finding a wrongful death attorney with specific experience that is relevant to the circumstances of your claim is crucial.
We have helped clients who lost loved ones due to:
How Hard Is It to Prove Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death claims can be difficult to prove. This is one of the largest reasons to make sure you are working with a law firm that understands how to navigate the complexities of these cases.
As with many civil lawsuits, an investigation may be required to establish fault along with the rights of the victim’s family. The attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have decades of experience with these claims, enabling us to help families who have lost a loved one get the justice they are due.
How Much Can You Get for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Each case is unique. In Georgia, we are able to seek compensation for economic damages such as end-of-life medical expenses, burial and funeral costs, projected lost wages, loss of retirement benefits, and other damages for which a monetary value can be assigned. We are also able to seek compensation for non-economic damages such as emotional suffering and loss of companionship. This means that our lawyers are able to seek adequate compensation to help families of all economic backgrounds live the best life possible following the tragic and untimely loss of a cherished family member.
If you have lost a loved one, talking to an attorney is one of the best ways to learn how much compensation you may be entitled to seek.
How Long Do I Have to Bring a Wrongful Death Case?
You have two years from the date of a loved one’s death to file a wrongful death claim. However, we strongly advise you to take action as soon as possible. The longer you wait to file, the more difficult it may be to establish fault and seek full compensation. Acting quickly can help protect your rights and help your family secure the compensation needed to maintain your quality of life.
Can a Georgia Wrongful Death Lawyer Bring a Case After a Shooting or Other Violent Crime?
Family members who have lost a loved one due to violent crime are absolutely entitled to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death claims are civil proceedings and are neither influenced by nor prohibited by criminal charges. In fact, criminal charges seldom do much to provide grieving families justice. Civil action is often necessary to ensure families get the true justice they deserve.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Georgia?
In the state of Georgia, the surviving spouse of a wrongful death victim will be given the first opportunity to file a wrongful death claim. Children of the deceased must be included in this claim as well. When there is no surviving spouse, the victim’s children and/or adopted children may file suit.
When neither spouse nor children are available to file suit, parents of the deceased may file a claim. This is true even if the victim was an adult. If a representative of the estate has been designated by the decedent, that representative may file a claim on behalf of surviving family members as well.
Talking to an attorney is one of the best ways to determine if you are entitled to take legal action following the untimely death of a family member.
Contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC For a Free Consultation Today
Every life has value. And every life has a story. We want to hear your loved one's story, and we treasure the opportunity to tell that story as we pursue justice and compensation on your behalf.
If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area and need an experienced wrongful death attorney, please contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC for a free consultation.