Fatal Accident Attorney in Macon
When you receive the call that your loved one has been killed in a car accident, you may not have the time or energy to think about the next steps. In the days and weeks after the death, the last thing you need to worry about is paperwork, a legal claim, and dealing with the affairs of your loved one’s estate. At Nelson & Smith, we help families recover compensation to begin the healing process after a fatal accident.
Some fatal accidents are accidents caused by unpreventable events, such as a deer running out into the road. Many, however, are not. They happen because someone was careless. In these cases, you need a compassionate and thorough attorney by your side to move quickly and investigate the case and handle all of the paperwork and technical matters that arise during a difficult time.
Investigating a Fatal Accident
The most important part of a personal injury claim is the investigation. Without proof of negligence or intentional misconduct, an insurance company or court will not award damages. Our team starts working on each case from the moment a client retains our services. We look over all formal accident filings, explore the evidence, and look for new clues, and bring in experts as needed to support our claim. We can often uncover additional details that will help a family secure a fair settlement after a death.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
After a fatal accident, the family has the right to file a wrongful death claim to secure both economic and noneconomic damages. A surviving spouse, children, parents, or a representative of the estate may file a wrongful death claim in Georgia for any death caused by criminal activity, or intentional or negligent behavior. There are two types of wrongful death claims a family may pursue in the state.
A traditional wrongful death claim covers the loss of life and includes compensation for lost current and future income, benefits, companionship, parenting experiences, and care. An estate claim is designed to compensate the estate for any losses incurred as a result of the death. Damages in this type of claim may include funeral and medical expenses, as well as an individual’s pain and suffering before death. Families have two years from the time of death to file a claim, although the time limits may be longer or shorter depending on the circumstances.
Securing Legal Representation after a Fatal Accident
We know that experiencing the death of a loved one is one of the most emotionally difficult things a human can experience. Unfortunately, we can never take away the pain a negligent person has caused. As soon as you suspect that negligence was a factor in your loved one’s death and can manage the call, we highly encourage you to contact us for a free evaluation.
In addition to helping you pursue justice against the individual responsible, we can represent you as you work through your loved one’s estate, talk with insurance companies, and help with insensitive communications from bill collectors. We want to serve as your compassionate advocate while we aggressively pursue a claim against any party responsible for your loss.
In fatal cases, an insurance company may make every effort to minimize the payment they must make. They will contact you when you are most vulnerable and could take advantage of you and your family. We strongly advise against talking to an insurance representative until you have spoken with an attorney. Every case is different, and securing an adequate settlement is particularly important if your loved one was a primary household earner.
For more information about our experience in fatal accident cases or to schedule a free evaluation, please contact our Macon office today.