If You Lost a Loved One in a Sudden Accident, Call Our Office for Help
When a spouse, parent, or another close loved one leaves the house, you generally expect to see them again later that day. As too many families in the Atlanta area know, however, unexpected accidents and incidents can happen at any time, and they can result in the sudden and untimely death of a family member.
Knowing what to do after the tragic death of a loved one can be difficult. The emotional weight of the loss is intense, and you may be dealing with extensive financial losses, as well. It is important to know that the office of Brauns Law, PC is here to help. Wrongful death lawyer David Brauns represents the rights and interests of families who suffered a sudden loss of a loved one, and we strive to help you find justice and move forward in the best possible position. Discussing a death is never easy, but know we handle every case with compassion and commitment you can trust. Call today at (404) 975-2576 or contact us online to discuss your options for free.
Georgia Wrongful Death Laws
Every state has its own specific laws regarding wrongful death claims, including what constitutes a wrongful death, who can file a claim, and what damages parties may seek in this type of case. It is essential that you seek help from a lawyer who understands Georgia’s complex wrongful death laws and how to apply them to your case.
What is a wrongful death?
A wrongful death stems from a negligent, reckless, intentional, or criminal act of another person or party. Many wrongful death cases arising from the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Products liability accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Acts of violence
Who can file a claim?
While a tragic death may affect many people, not just anyone can recover financially from a liable party. The following people can file a claim under Georgia law, in the following order:
- A surviving spouse
- Surviving children (the spouse should care for the interests of minor children)
- Surviving parents if there is no surviving spouse or children
- The personal representative of the deceased’s estate if there is no spouse, children, or parents
A personal representative can also file a survival action to seek different damages than are available in a wrongful death claim.
Damages available for a wrongful death
While a family may feel like their losses are endless after losing a beloved spouse or parent, the law limits the types of damages you can seek in a wrongful death claim. Such damages include:
- Lost income, benefits, and financial support of the deceased
- Loss of household services, such as childcare or cleaning
- Loss of care, companionship, and similar intangible losses
In a survival action, the following damages are available:
- Medical bills for treatment before the victim passed away
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before death
How much time do you have to file?
In most cases, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in Georgia is two years from the time of the death. While this deadline may extend in some cases, you should always speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you know the time limits in your situation.
Why Brauns Law?
We know that choosing a law firm to represent the interests of your family is a stressful undertaking. There is so much at stake in every wrongful death claim, so you need to ensure you have a lawyer who not only understands how to successfully handle a wrongful death claim, but one who will give you and your family the attention you deserve in this difficult time. This is where Brauns Law comes in.
Attorney David Brauns and his team know how to guide you through the entire legal process, from gathering evidence to filing a claim to representing you in court and settlement hearings. We will never try to push you into accepting less than you deserve; instead, we will fight to negotiate a settlement that will cover all of your losses.
The firm of Brauns Law, PC always keep in mind that you are going through an emotionally stressful time, so we do everything in our power to relieve you of any additional stress. We represent clients with sensitivity and compassion. We will not treat you like just another case number, and you will receive the individual attention that you need and deserve. Our goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for the future of you and your family.
In addition to our personalized approach to every case, attorney David Brauns has the experience needed to skillfully handle all aspects of your case. The following are only some of the ways we help our clients:
- Investigate the circumstances of the accident to prove the negligence of all liable parties
- Calculate the value of your claim
- Communicate with any insurance companies involved to try to obtain a just settlement
- File a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court if an insurer will not offer the full amount you deserve
- Handle every step of the litigation process, including engaging in settlement negotiations
Discuss Your Situation with Our Gwinnett County Wrongful Death Law Firm
When you do not know where to turn after a tragic death in your family, do not hesitate to call Brauns Law, PC. We will listen to what happened and help determine whether you have a valid legal claim. We know the last thing you need is the stress of navigating the legal system, so we handle every step for you, always keeping you informed of any new developments or options. We have had many clients dealing with a painful loss, and our priority is to help your family as much as possible.
If you are in or around Gwinnett County and need legal representation and guidance you can trust, consult with wrongful death attorney David Brauns. Call (404) 975-2576 or contact us online to discuss your situation for free today.