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How Do I Choose a Wrongful Death Attorney?

You can select the right attorney by doing a couple of different things. First of all, you need to use one that is well-known in your city that has handled these cases before. If they are not affordable for you then you must look at all of the others. There are some that have only been practicing for a few years whereas other law firms may have attorneys that have been doing this for decades.

Benefits of Wrongful Death Attorney

This is a sensitive issue and one that requires patience, experience, and general compassion. Losing a family member or loved one is gut-wrenching, but especially so if it was another individual’s negligence that caused it to happen. The emotional trauma is enough by itself to overwhelm family members, however financial distress further exacerbates the trauma. Hiring the right wrongful death attorney will go a long way in mitigating the emotional and/or financial hardship you’ve experienced as a result of another’s carelessness.

They offer objectivity. Death usually leads to sadness, guilt, anger, and other emotions that can easily affect your best judgment. However, wrongful death attorneys don’t allow emotions to get in the way of sound decisions in a case. You want an attorney who can represent you as quickly as possible but stays calm, does their homework, and provides free consultations.

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Who is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in GA?

Under Georgia law, there exist specific rules dictating who can and can’t file a wrongful death lawsuit on another’s behalf. Namely, the particular order which determines who’s eligible is as follows:

  1. The deceased individual’s spouse;
  2. If there is no spouse, the individual’s child or children;
  3. If neither spouse nor children are available, the individual’s parent or parents;
  4. Finally, if no spouse, children, or parents survive, the executor of the individual’s estate. 

Only those mentioned above are allowed (under Georgia law) to file a wrongful death lawsuit on another’s behalf. Regarding the 4th and final rule, any and all damages salvaged are maintained and held by the estate for the welfare of the deceased individual’s closest living relative. If you qualify and have experienced the death of a family member or loved one, contact us at the Fitzpatrick Firm (number listed at the bottom of the page) to discuss you and your family’s options.

Types of Wrongful Death Claims 

A wrongful death claim is essentially one party -- generally family members of the deceased individual -- filing a lawsuit against another based upon negligence that resulted in death. Unfortunately, death resulting from the carelessness or misdeed of an individual has become fairly common in the United States. Accordingly, listed below are specific examples of incidents that could result in a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents (MVA)
  • Deaths due to work-related injuries
  • Deaths caused by medical malpracticeSports-related deaths
  • Deaths due to slip-and-fall

To ensure the case is handled with care and doesn’t result in significant frustration, a specialized professional is the way to go. It eliminates the chances of inefficient results and guarantees the process goes ahead as intended and doesn’t lead to further distress.

To receive a free consultation contact the Fitzpactick Firm today, or call 678-607-5550.

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