Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia

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Losing a loved one is always painful, but it’s especially difficult when the loss was caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or malicious intent. Not only are you suffering emotionally, but you may also be struggling under medical and funeral expenses or unable to pay bills due to a loss of income your family relied upon. When you need a wrongful death attorney in Atlanta to hold responsible parties accountable and fight for fair compensation, The Fitzpatrick Firm has the knowledge, experience, and passion for justice you need for your case.

Understanding Wrongful Death

Wrongful death refers to untimely death caused by careless action, negligence, or even malicious intent. Often, personal injury cases that result in death will be considered wrongful death case. A lawsuit is filed by heirs of the deceased or the representative of the estate against the individual, organization, or corporation deemed responsible. However, proving this claim is challenging as it requires proof that the defendant acted in such a way to cause the fatal injury and that it could have been prevented or avoided had they exhibited proper behavior in the situation.

Wrongful death cases can also result from criminal misconduct resulting in a fatal injury. Because civil court cases are considered separate from criminal court, a suit can be brought against the offender even if they were already acquitted of wrongdoing by a jury.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Atlanta

  • Car accidents involving drunk drivers
  • Truck accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Assault or other crime resulting in death
  • Work-related accidents
  • Premises liability

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Georgia?

In the state of Georgia, immediate family members including spouses, children, or parents of the deceased can file a claim on behalf of the deceased. Also, a representative of the estate acting on behalf of the family, such as the executor or an attorney, can bring a claim forward.

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Damages Recovered

There are a wide variety of factors that can affect the damages awarded or settlement offered in your case, including:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost income
  • Lost benefits, such as a pension, social security income, or health insurance
  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Emotional pain and suffering

Additionally, the jury may award the plaintiff with punitive damages. These are designed to punish the defendant for particularly egregious or heinous behavior and serve as a deterrent for future actions.

Why You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney

Fighting against insurance companies and corporations to get justice is challenging. These institutions will do whatever it takes to avoid paying out a fair settlement. Having an experienced wrongful death attorney in Atlanta who can investigate the case, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and fight for justice is necessary to secure a more favorable outcome.

Proving Negligence or Malice in Your Suit

Wrongful death cases are particularly challenging because there are three criteria that must be met for a jury to award damages:

  • Duty of Care refers to the behavior that should have been followed. For example, a driver has the duty of care to be sober and drive in accordance with the law or a doctor has the duty to provide reasonable action to care for a patient.
  • Failure to Attend Duty of Care means that there must be clear proof that the defendant failed to act in a way to prevent or avoid injury. For example, a doctor who failed to read a patient’s history and missed an allergy, then exposed the patient to the allergen would be committing a breach of duty.
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Death Caused By Failure to Attend Duty of Care

    means that the individual died specifically because the defendant failed to attend the duty of care.

Choosing the Fitzpatrick Firm

When it comes to wrongful death cases, it’s important to have an experienced, passionate attorney on your side who can help you navigate the complexities of your case. While we strive to settle cases out of court in order to get compensation to our clients quickly, we won’t back down and aren’t afraid to litigate the case in front of a jury. Just as important as fighting for you, we’re also here to serve you. We are dedicated to being there for you during this traumatizing time and will advise you and guide you through the process of recovery.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Wrongful Death Attorney in Atlanta Today

If you’ve lost a loved one and need a wrongful death attorney in Atlanta, schedule a free consultation with The Fitzpatrick Firm today. We’re here to help you move forward after loss. Call us or fill out the form below to get started.

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