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If you have lost a family member due to someone else’s wrongful conduct, you deserve justice for your loved one. In Georgia, surviving family members can file wrongful death claims against all responsible parties. Financial compensation will not replace your family member, but it will help you and your family recover and move forward after your loss.
Attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates, LLC, represent surviving family members in wrongful death claims. We know that you and your family might be feeling a range of emotions after your loss, and we can help. Our compassionate attorneys will shoulder the legal work while you and your family work on your emotional healing. Contact us today.
Wrongful Death Practice
- Our no fees until we win guarantee means that we take on all of the financial liability for your case. Our attorneys take wrongful death cases on contingency. We do not collect attorneys’ fees until we have helped you win your case.
- Our law firm exclusively focuses on helping individuals and families who have been harmed by someone else’s wrongful conduct. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our injured clients and grieving family members.
- We understand that you and your family are going through a challenging time after losing your loved one. Our compassionate attorneys will work closely with you while navigating the legal process. We will keep you updated at every step and be available to answer your questions.
How We Can Help
Once we agree to legal representation, we will begin an investigation to determine the accident cause and liability. In some cases, there may be more than one person or entity responsible for your loved one’s injuries. When several defendants are involved, there will likely be several insurance companies involved as well.
For example, if the person who caused your loved one’s injuries was working at that time of the accident, his or her employer might also be liable. During our investigation, we will focus on all discovering all insurance policies that cover the defendants to pay for your claim, including excessive policy coverage and umbrella policies.
We will take care of all communication with insurance companies and participate in settlement negotiations. Our attorneys are often successful in securing settlement agreements that fully compensate our clients without having to go to trial. However, our attorneys are not afraid of going to trial and will make sure that your case is ready to litigate if necessary.
Who Can File A Claim And When?
In Georgia, certain surviving family members may file wrongful death claims. Depending on the unique circumstances of each case, a decedent’s spouse, children, or parents may be eligible to file a claim. Under some circumstances, the administrator of the decedent’s estate might be the appropriate party to file the claim.
Typically, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the decedent’s death. However, there are some exceptions to the two-year limit. Your attorney will go over the details of your case and let you know how long you have to make your claim. Unfortunately, if you miss the statute of limitations deadline, you might lose your right to pursue your claim.
Wrongful Death Claims in Atlanta, GA
Under Georgia law, damages in a wrongful death claim are based on the ‘full value of the decedent’s life.’ This is a complex measure of damages because it is difficult to put a value on someone’s life. Both economic and noneconomic damages may be included in calculating the full value of your loved one’s life.
Economic damages are generally straightforward because they involve losses that come with an actual monetary value. Examples of economic damages include the income the decedent would have earned over his lifetime had he survived and the value of the decedent’s household services. It is often necessary to hire financial experts to help with economic loss calculations.
Noneconomic damages are more difficult to calculate because they do not have an affixed monetary value. Examples of these damages include the decedent’s loss of love, care, companionship. It is important to note that punitive damages may not be awarded in wrongful death claims. However, punitive damages are sometimes awarded in estate claims.
Estate Claim in Atlanta, GA
An estate claim is not the same as a wrongful death claim but may be brought at the same time as a wrongful death claim. Estate claims are brought by the decedent’s estate to recover accident-related losses such as medical bills and funeral expenses. Compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering may also be recoverable under some circumstances.
As mentioned above, unlike a wrongful death claim, punitive damages are sometimes awarded in estate claims. If the decedent’s conduct involved aggravating circumstances, such as a drunk driving accident, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the defendant and deter similar conduct in the future.
Types Of Wrongful Death Claims That We Handle
Our attorneys pursue compensation for clients in all types of wrongful death claims. No case is too large or complex for our attorneys to handle. We frequently represent clients in the following types of claims:
- Product liability cases where the decedent’s injuries were caused by dangerous and defective consumer products.
- Truck accidents, including delivery vehicles, semi-trucks, and other large commercial vehicles.
- Motorcycle accidents due to other negligent or reckless drivers, road defects, or bike defects.
- Automobile accidents, including multiple vehicle accidents and drunk driving collisions.
- Medical malpractice injuries caused by substandard medical care and conditions.
- Fatal injuries caused by nursing home abuse and neglect.
- Slip and fall, negligent security, and other premises liability cases involving dangerous property conditions.
Wrongful Death Claim Attorney in Atlanta
If your family member suffered fatal injuries because of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct, we can help you get justice for your loved one. Wrongful death and estate claim attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates, LLC, will be there for you and your family when you need a legal advocate the most. Call our office for a free consultation to discuss your potential claim. Call (678) 504-8564 today.