If you have lost a loved one as a result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, malpractice, or malice, then you may be able to seek compensation in a civil lawsuit through a wrongful death lawsuit. We understand that this time in your life is likely very stressful, and we will be happy to work with you in order to reduce as much of your legal worries as possible regarding this tragic situation and the claims process. There are many different circumstances that may give people the right to seek compensation, and there are a variety of different familial relations that have the right to file this type of suit.
Read more below to learn about some of the specifics surrounding wrongful death lawsuits in Georgia, and contact us as soon as possible to get started on your own case. We will be happy to discuss the specifics about your situation, explain to you how our work together would go and get a better idea of how we can support you in a way that helps you get the right support through this process.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In the event that an individual or party cause someone else’s death, certain surviving family members (or the person in charge of the estate) may file a lawsuit that follows a similar course as a personal injury lawsuit.
These lawsuits can be filed in the event that the person was intentionally killed, and the civil case will be entirely separate from the criminal case. In addition, they may be file to file a lawsuit in the event that their family member was killed as a result of medical malpractice, or negligence of another individual who owed them a reasonable duty of care.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
There are limited familial roles that will allow someone to file a wrongful death lawsuit, or it may otherwise be filed by their estate. The specific circumstances where each of the following parties is able to file a suit varies depending on a few different things, so it is best discussed with an attorney. The typical family members that are allowed to file these lawsuits are as follows:
- Spouse of the deceased
- Children of the deceased, as well as adoptive children
- Parents of the deceased, or adoptive parents of the deceased
While there are other parties who may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a responsible party, the above are the most common in Georgia who will be allowed to file.
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There is a lot of work to be done while building a comprehensive wrongful death case against a defendant, and the sooner we are working together, the more time we will have to maximize your chances of a successful outcome. This process can be overwhelming, especially when you are trying to get your life back on track after such a tragedy. Instead of trying to take this on yourself, focus on your family and we will work to help you with your legal needs.