Sandy Springs Wrongful Death Lawyer
A loved one’s death is always shocking and involves a painful grieving process, but when the death was preventable and caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing, the pain and grief can be especially devastating.
Why Choose Our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Sandy Springs?
If you’ve lost a loved one in a preventable death caused by the actions of someone else, you may want to seek justice through compensation. Call the Sandy Springs wrongful death attorneys at Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers so we can help you take that important first step forward from your loss.
What is a Wrongful Death?
While the death of someone we love always feels wrong, in legal terms a wrongful death is any death resulting from the actions of another either knowingly or negligently. Some sadly common examples of wrongful death cases include:
- Car accident deaths
- Drunk-driving related deaths
- Motorcycle accident fatalities
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bike accident deaths
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Elder abuse/neglect
- Criminal wrongdoing
A wrongful death case is separate from any criminal case that may or may not be in progress. While a criminal case focuses on punishing the wrongdoer, a civil wrongful death case focuses on compensating the family left behind.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Case in Georgia?
Georgia limits the survivors who can file a wrongful death claim only to those who have lost a provider. This prevents others from exploiting death for financial gain. In Georgia, the following parties can file a wrongful death claim:
- The spouse
- The parents of the deceased if he/she had no spouse
- The adult children of the deceased if he/she has no living spouse
- A family representative designated by the court and often the executor of the deceased’s will
Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years of the incident that caused the death.
What Damages Can a Family Member Claim in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death claim helps relieve the financial burdens to the family caused by the loved one’s death. A successful wrongful death lawsuit can help family members gain compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses incurred before the death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The approximate amount of financial earnings the loved one would have brought to the family had they not died
- Health and retirement benefits
- Loss of companionship
- Grief and anguish
Once a lawyer investigates the case and determines it meets the legal definition of wrongful death, they can prove liability by showing that the party at fault owed a duty to keep the person safe from harm through reasonable care, that they breached that duty through an act of negligence or wrongdoing, that the action or inaction directly caused the death, and that the family has suffered real financial harm from the death.
Call Our Sandy Springs Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
The Georgia trial attorneys at Bowen Painter Trial Lawyers have deep compassion for those who’ve suddenly lost a loved one in a tragic, preventable death. Our team of Sandy Springs personal injury attorneys will help you achieve justice for your lost loved one by holding the at-fault party accountable while simultaneously helping to secure your family’s future through financial compensation.
While a wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring back a beloved family member, it can offer relief from the financial stress caused by the loss of a provider and allow those left behind to focus on moving forward from their anguish. Call our Sandy Springs office today at (912) 335-1909 or contact us for a free evaluation of your case.