Atlanta, Georgia Wrongful Death Litigation and Trial Lawyers
It is the day you never want to have happen. You get a call. Alternatively, a police officer shows up at your door. A loved one was killed because someone else did something wrong. Immediately, numerous thoughts and feelings swirl through your head. How did this happen? What am I going to do? What about the children? What about the bills? Without a doubt, there is a huge emotional loss. However, the loss of a loved one also has other consequences that, in many instances, are financial. It is important to act very quickly, because as soon as an insurance company learns that the negligence of its insured might have caused the death of another, the insurance company employs experts and attorneys in order to vigorously defend against the claim. Likewise, you need an attorney to represent your interests, as well as the interests of the Estate. The faster we can perform an investigation on our end, the less likely it is that key evidence will disappear. Also, we will be able to talk with eyewitnesses who may become difficult to find after the passage of time. Quite simply, the evidence trail goes “cold” as time goes on, and more often that not, it is the person bringing the claim who suffers the most as a result of this fact. Since the lawyers at Austin & Sparks are lawyers who have handled wrongful death claims on behalf of clients, we have the experience and knowledge to effectively guide a family through such a crisis and claim.
In Georgia, a claim is brought by the survivors for the full value of life of the person that was killed through the negligence of another, whether it be a tractor-trailer driver, the driver of a commercial vehicle, an inattentive driver of an automobile, a drugged/drunk driver, or the owner of a bar, shopping center, hotel or apartment. This would include a claim for wages that the deceased person would have made during the remainder of their life, as well as for the services they provided to his/her family. The Estate of the deceased person can also bring a claim. Claims brought by the Estate include those related to medical expenses, pain and suffering of the victim, and funeral expenses. The Estate can also bring a claim for punitive damages if they are warranted. While no amount of money can possibly compensate for the loss of a loved one, we can help you maximize your recovery to the fullest extent allowed by the law.