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Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorney

Representing Family Survivors of Wrongful Death Victims in Atlanta

In a wrongful death, the deceased person loses his or her life through actions or inactions that are negligent, reckless, deliberate, or criminal. These actions may be committed by an individual or by a business, as in the case of defective equipment or dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. A wrongful death case may stem from a drunk driving accident , through medical malpractice, or from a criminal attack. Negligence is a common underlying cause behind a wrongful death claim, where the negligent party failed to use reasonable care in preventing the accident which led to injuries and death. These cases are prepared for trial, where a jury will determine a verdict and / or award for damages through evidence presented. In many cases, however, attorneys can predict what a likely verdict might be, making it possible to negotiate for a settlement outside the courtroom.

If your family has lost a loved one through a wrongful act, it is highly recommended that you act promptly by discussing your situation with an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer at The Craig Law Firm, LLC. Because of a statute of limitations, you will have a limited time period in which to file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for damages. The Atlanta personal injury attorney at our firm focuses primarily on personal injury and wrongful death cases and is well-versed and adept in all of the procedures and mechanics involved in preparing claims, negotiating for settlements, or representing you in civil litigation.

Wrongful Death Cases in Georgia

In a wrongful death claim, if the decedent was married, the only person who can bring such a claim is the surviving spouse. If the decedent had children, the surviving spouse acts as representative for the children as well, sharing any damages that are obtained with them. If no spouse or children exist, then the parents of the decedent may file a claim. In cases where the decedent had no immediate family, the executor of the estate can file a claim on behalf of the next of kin.

Damages that may be recovered include both economic and non-economic. Economic damages include what the deceased person would likely have earned in terms of wages, benefits, pensions, services, or other income had he or she lived. Non-economic damages are the intangible elements of life which are incapable of exact proof, such as the enjoyment of the experience of living; they are to be determined by the "enlightened conscience of an impartial jury." Additional damages that may be recovered by the deceased's estate include medical and funeral expenses.

Contact the Atlanta wrongful death attorney at The Craig F irm if you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful act today.