Wrongful Death Attorney
Athens Wrongful Death Lawyers
When a loved one is killed by another person or entity’s negligence, our firm is here to help.
We understand the incredibly difficult time that you are going through and our dedicated team of Athens wrongful death lawyers will do everything in their power to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
While it won’t negate the pain and suffering you have been through, fair recovery can help you cope with the financial burdens that come with the unexpected death of a loved one.
At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., we can handle every aspect of your wrongful death case from start to finish so that you can focus on the future.
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What is a Wrongful Death?
A death is considered “wrongful” when it is caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions or inactions of another person, group, or company.
In the state of Athens, the following are considered legal grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Medical malpractice
- Criminal acts
- Drunk driving
- Defective or dangerous products
- Nursing home abuse/neglect
- Harmful prescription drugs
- Contaminated food
- Illegal/improper service of alcohol
- Faulty construction
- Engineering malpractice
- Careless or negligent conduct
In Athens, spouses, children, parents, or the administrator of the estate for the deceased are allowed to pursue a wrongful death claim. Surviving loved ones may seek damages for loss of a loved one, loss of financial or emotional support, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, punitive damages, and more.
Georgia Wrongful Death Statute
According to Georgia law, the first person who can file a wrongful death claim is the spouse of the deceased. The spouse of the deceased will always get a minimum of one-third of the settlement money, and the children of the deceased may get a portion of the settlement as well.
If the deceased does not have a spouse or children, a representative of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death claim. If the representative of the estate receives compensation from the claim, the compensation will be used to benefit the next kin of the deceased person.
There is a two-year statute of limitations from the time of the person’s death. If you do not file your claim in this time period, you might lose your right to compensation.
In Georgia, you can receive compensation for the following in a wrongful death claim:
- Lost benefits and wages
- Loss of companionship
- Medical expenses
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Process in Georgia
Most wrongful death claims can be settled without going to trial. An experienced attorney will investigate the evidence of the case, speak to witnesses, and get expert testimonies to increase your compensation amount.
Sometimes, both parties will negotiate an out-of-court settlement. If they cannot settle on a financial agreement, the case proceeds to trial or is dropped. At that point, a personal injury lawyer proves how the defendant was at-fault for the accident.
If the jury decides that a reckless, negligent, or intentional act caused the wrongful death, the plaintiff may get compensation.
How Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. Can Help
After dealing with the tragic and unexpected death of a loved one, navigating the legal process can seem overwhelming. At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our wrongful death lawyers can provide you with outstanding legal counsel and compassionate guidance as they assist you with your case. We offer open communication every step of the way as we strive for the justice you need.
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