Jonesboro Wrongful Death Lawyer
There are many types of accident or incident that can result in the unexpected loss of a loved one. Auto accidents, surgical errors, slip and falls, dog bites, assault, and homicide are just some examples. The unexpected death of a loved one is never easy, but when the death is caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness, the trauma is even greater.
At The Dixon Firm, P.C., our Jonesboro wrongful death lawyer has handled hundreds of wrongful death cases in the last twenty years. As a consequence, we understand how difficult it is to make sense of such a tragedy. Our goal at The Dixon Firm, P.C. is to help families protect their legal rights as they cope with the loss of a loved one. Families often have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the person(s) responsible for their loss. These claims can provide beneficial financial support in a time of great need.
What is a Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is a death that occurs as a result of someone else’s (an individual, business, or even the government) negligence, recklessness, intentional acts, or omissions. Some examples of situations that may result in a wrongful death include:
- Auto accidents – Speeding, drunk driving, texting while driving, etc.
- Medical malpractice – Anesthesia errors, surgical errors, failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, etc.
- Defective products – Defective medical devices, consumer products, cars, auto parts, etc.
- Contaminated food products – Food that is contaminated with bacteria, foreign objects, allergens, etc.
- Dangerous medications – Prescription drugs that are contaminated, improperly labeled, improperly distributed, etc.
- Nursing home abuse or neglect – Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, financial exploitation, neglecting medical care, allowing bedsores to form, etc.
- Criminal acts – Assault, robbery, rape, or homicide.
Any of these situations can lead to the unexpected and untimely death of innocent individuals. When that happens, your entire life is turned upside down. That is why it is so important to contact a Jonesboro wrongful death lawyer to discuss your legal rights. You deserve the opportunity to hold accountable the person(s) responsible for your loved one’s death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Georgia law allows surviving family members to file a wrongful death claim if their loved one was killed as a result of any of the above, or other qualifying circumstances. A wrongful death claim can be filed by a spouse, child, or parent. In some cases, other qualifying family members or an executor may be able to file a claim.
What are the Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim can provide financial compensation and support for surviving family members. Compensation, or damages, may include:
- Medical expenses prior to the victim’s death
- Pain and suffering prior to the victim’s death
- Funeral or burial expenses
- Lost income or anticipated future earnings
- Loss of enjoyment of life among surviving family members
- Loss of consortium (love, companionship, sexual relationship) among the surviving spouse
While there is no real compensation for the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death claim can help families avoid the unexpected, and often overwhelming, costs associated with medical and funeral expenses coupled with the loss of earnings.
Georgia Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims
Georgia law has a deadline, referred to as the statute of limitations, for wrongful death claims. This statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of death. After that statute of limitations has expired, the surviving family may no longer be able to take legal action.
Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer to File a Claim?
There is no legal requirement that you hire a lawyer before filing a wrongful death claim. However, it is advisable that you do so. Wrongful death claims can be complicated, especially if they involve corporations, multiple parties, or unusual circumstances. The legal process can also take months or even years before a resolution is made, which can be extremely difficult for your family.
By working with a Jonesboro wrongful death lawyer, your family can rest with the knowledge that your case is being managed with the utmost attention. You can focus on your family, while we focus on legal matters. At The Dixon Firm, P.C., we can help relieve the burden your family is dealing with by:
- Communicating with other parties or opposing counsel
- Communicating with insurance parties or representatives
- Thoroughly investigating your claim to ensure that all aspects are completely addressed
- Working with experts to ensure that your claim is valued appropriately
- Addressing any complications or obstacles that arise to ensure your family’s best interests and legal rights are upheld
In addition to the work that we do on your claim, our team is dedicated to keeping you informed throughout the legal process. Any time you have questions or concerns, we are here to help.
Compassionate Legal Guidance
Find out more about how The Dixon Firm, P.C. can help your family move forward with a wrongful death claim. We offer compassionate, skilled legal guidance that you can trust. Schedule a free consultation to learn more by calling 404-733-1166.