Wrongful Death

There are very few circumstances worse than losing a loved one without the opportunity to say goodbye.  Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people are wrongfully killed every year.  The causes of wrongful death vary — medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, drunk driving, violent crimes, gross negligence, and sometimes simple negligence.

The Basics of Wrongful Death Cases

In Georgia, there are two types of claims that may be presented when a loved one dies due to another's negligence.  The first claim is a "wrongful death" claim.  This claim includes the full value of the life of the deceased.  The wrongful death statute is hedonistic in a sense - it looks at the question of how much life is worth from the perspective of the deceased.  The wrongful death statute, O.C.G.A. § 51-4-2, is also designed to not only compensate the victim's family members for the loss of a loved one but also to punish the individual or entity that caused the wrongful death.

The second claim in a wrongful death case is the estate claim.  The estate claim may recover all claims which would have accrued to the deceased had they lived - examples include hospital bills, funeral bills, and pain and suffering.

Even after proving fault, the prosecution of death claims can be quite complicated.  We have handled many death cases at Justin T. Jones, PC.  Call today for a free consultation today.

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Prosecuting a Death Case

You need a law firm that will devote the time, attention, and resources necessary to get you the justice you deserve.  This is especially important in wrongful death cases, where you are seeking justice for the loss of your loved one. The sooner your case is resolved, the sooner you can obtain closure and move on.  As described above, death cases may include the following claims:

  • The full value of the life of the decedent, including a life of lost income
  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Medical Bills
  • Pre death pain and suffering

Many cases settle prior to trial but you need a law firm with the ability to prepare your case for trial if it needs to be tried.  Not only must you be prepared to fight the insurance company in court, most cases will not settle for "top dollar" unless the insurance company knows you are prepared. With an experienced litigator by your side, you can negotiate a higher settlement pretrial — and, should it come to it — seek justice for your loved one in the courtroom.

Partner with Our Wrongful Death Lawyers

Prosecuting a wrongful death claim can be wrought with emotion, and finding the right lawyer to fight your battle is crucial. When looking for your ideal attorney, you need someone with a proven record of success in wrongful death cases. Justin T. Jones, PC is here to help. Contact us today to get started.