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Losing someone close to you is always a tragedy, but if you believe someone else was responsible for causing the death, it can be even more difficult to come to terms with the loss. At Christopher Simon Attorneys at Law, we are passionate about helping families achieve closure, justice and fair compensation in wrongful death cases. An Atlanta wrongful death attorney may be able to help your family as we have helped hundreds of others. Start your case with a free, confidential consultation at our local law office.
A wrongful death suit in Georgia comes with many strict rules and statutes, as well as best practices for how to maximize your odds of success. Before you attempt the many steps it will take to bring and win your claim, hire an attorney for assistance. With hiring a lawyer as the first step in your claim, you will immediately improve your odds of securing a fair and just settlement award. An Atlanta wrongful death lawyer from our firm can use years of legal experience to represent your claim before an insurance adjuster, judge and/or jury.
At Christopher Simon Attorneys at Law, we realize families do not only come to us for financial recovery. They want justice and peace of mind after devastating losses. However, we also recognize the immense relief it can bring a family to know from where the money for expenses such as medical bills and funeral costs will come. A successful wrongful death suit could reimburse your family – the deceased person’s beneficiaries – for costs such as lost wages and benefits, outstanding medical bills, loss of care and companionship, reasonable funeral and burial costs, and pain and suffering. The defendant may also owe you punitive damages for gross negligence or intent to harm your loved one.
Like all states, Georgia puts a time limit on how long a person will have to bring a claim before forfeiting the right to demand damages. These limits, known as statutes of limitations, are in place to motivate claimants to act while evidence is still available if they believe they have claims. You will have two years from the date of your family member’s untimely death (not necessarily the date of the fatal accident) to file a wrongful death claim in Georgia. Missing your deadline will most likely mean the courts in Atlanta refusing to hear your claim.
The two types of civil claims a person could file after the death of a loved one in Georgia are wrongful death and survival actions. The goal of a wrongful death action is to reimburse surviving loved ones for the losses they suffered, while a survival action compensates a family for the losses the deceased person could have received had he or she been able to file an injury claim. Damages available in a survival action could include payments for the loved one’s pain and suffering and lost wages.
Find out if you have grounds to file a claim and/or survival action in Atlanta after a fatal accident during a free consultation at Christopher Simon Attorneys at Law. A negligent driver, employer, product manufacturer, property owner, criminal or another party could owe your family compensation. Do not risk losing your chance to file by waiting too long to contact an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer. Speak with us today to immediately start work on your claim. Contact us online or call (404) 259-7635 for a free consultation.