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Wrongful Death

One of the worst things that could happen is to lose a loved one through someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. While no amount of money could ever compensate you for your loss, a wrongful death claim is a legal method by which you can seek justice for your loved one and help provide for your family’s future. Contact Brodhead Law in Atlanta, Georgia as soon as possible if you believe you may have a claim for wrongful death.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • We work on a contingency fee basis, allowing you access to the legal system and justice for your loved one. You pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you.
  • We understand the value of wrongful death claims and how important financial recovery can be in helping the family move forward.
  • Our experienced trial lawyers can develop legal strategies to aggressively pursue the best possible outcome in your case. We have a comprehensive understanding of how to handle wrongful death claims.

What Is Wrongful Death?

In a legal context, a wrongful death claim is a civil action sought against a party for causing someone’s death. It is a special type of personal injury lawsuit that arises when a person is killed through another party’s negligence or intentional act. This type of claim is brought against a defendant who has caused the death of another, either negligently or through intentional harm.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Georgia?

As stated in the Georgia Code, Title 51, Chapter 4:

  • A claim for wrongful death may be brought by the surviving spouse or, if there is no surviving spouse, by a child or children of the deceased.
  • If there is no surviving spouse or children to bring a claim, it may be brought by surviving parent or parents of the deceased, or by the personal representative of the estate of the deceased.

What Damages Can You Claim for Wrongful Death?

Damages in a Georgia wrongful death claim will depend on the type of claim filed.

Full Value of the Life of the Deceased

If the claim is to establish the full value of the life of deceased, surviving family members may claim monetary damages related to both the financial and the intangible value of the lost loved one’s life. Examples of this type of damages include:

  • Lost wages and benefits, including what the deceased’s earning capacity would have been in the future if he or she had survived
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, companionship, advice, example, counsel, and other intangible benefits the deceased lost

Financial Losses Related to the Death of the Deceased

This type of wrongful death claim may be brought by or on behalf of the estate of the deceased. It is intended to remedy financial losses related to the person’s death and recover losses suffered by the estate as a result of the untimely death. Damages may include:

  • Medical expenses in connection with the last injury or illness of the deceased
  • Conscious pain and suffering the deceased endured before death as a result of the last injury or illness
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Contact Brodhead Law, LLC

Our Atlanta lawyers at Brodhead Law have been fighting for wrongfully injured victims and their families for more than 20 years. We have a successful track record, recovering millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Call us today if you believe your family may have a claim for wrongful death.