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Warner Robins Wrongful Death Lawyers
Warner Robins Wrongful Death Lawyers
Losing a loved one to natural causes can be very traumatic for the surviving family members. The trauma is often heightened if a loved one is killed due to another person’s negligent or reckless behavior. Georgia’s Wrongful Death Act identifies several legal grounds upon which a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the victim’s surviving family members:
- Intentional homicide
- Faulty construction
- Medical malpractice
- Careless or Negligent Conduct
- Drunk driving
- Dangerous or defective product
- Illegal and/or improper alcohol service
- Dangerous medical devices
- Abuse and/or neglect by a nursing home
- Engineering malpractice
- Criminal and/or unlawful acts
- Unsafe prescription practices
Wrongful Death Claims in Georgia
Because wrongful death actions inherently involve loss of life, payouts for these lawsuits tend to be larger than cases in which the plaintiff recovers from the injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of unintentional deaths. Nevertheless, multiple causes contribute to wrongful deaths each year. Settlements and court awards in wrongful death actions may vary greatly, but award amounts often range from several hundred thousand to more than $100 million. In determining how much compensation a wrongful death victim’s surviving family will receive, the court takes several factors into account:
- Age and health of victim at the time of the incident that caused his or her death
- Victim’s earning power, professional status, and accomplishments
- Character, intelligence, and other traits that impact victim’s earning potential
- Whether the victim has a surviving child
- Additional factors at the court’s discretion
Surviving members of a wrongful death victim’s family generally find difficulty in being required to argue the monetary worth of their loved one’s life in court. Therefore, it is to the family’s great advantage to enlist the help of compassionate Warner Robins Wrongful Death Lawyers to establish the case for compensation on the family’s behalf. Moreover, the average layman typically lacks the legal training to understand how to build a strong case to overcome the strategies of opposing counsel and ultimately compel the court to grant the compensation the family rightfully deserves.
Wrongful Death Injuries Are Real
Defendants in wrongful death cases are inherently tasked with minimizing the damages the surviving family members sustain as a result of their loved one’s death. In reality, families must often foot the bill for medial care prior to the individual’s death along with paying costly funeral expenses. If the loved one was a financial contributor to the household, the family must find a way to make ends meet after losing the person’s income. The family will also require time to mourn and recover emotionally. Extensive counseling may be required, especially for spouses, parents, and small children. Fortunately, Georgia law allows the families of wrongful death victims to recover compensation to help the family recover from the financial and emotional devastation they experience. In some cases, family members may recover damages for the loss of their loved one’s companionship.
Contact Warner Robins Wrongful Death Lawyers
Families who experience the wrongful death of a loved one simply should not attempt to engage in settlement negotiations without the help of a skilled wrongful death lawyer. Not only do most people lack the legal knowledge and training to meet all the procedural requirements of filing a claim, but most families simply do not have the emotional capacity to engage in a legal battle alone. Furthermore, having an attorney can help families understand how much their claims are rightfully worth. A knowledgeable attorney will counsel the grieving family and help them avoid the pitfalls of settling for much less than they deserve. The lawyers at Nelson & Smith are available to help grieving families in their quest to get the compensation they deserve when tragedy strikes and a loved one is lost as a result of the careless act of another. Contact us today.