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A wrongful death case exists when negligence or some other action of a person or entity leads to an individual’s death. A case of wrongful death is similar to a case of personal injury, with two major differences.

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Wrongful Death in Georgia

  1. 1. WRONGFUL DEATH IN GEORGIA What it is and how to get started on your claim thestoddardfirm.com
  2. 2. WHAT IS WRONGFUL DEATH? A wrongful death case exists when negligence or some other action of a person or entity leads to an individual’s death. A case of wrongful death is similar to a case of personal injury, with two major differences. The first difference is that a wrongful death case is brought by someone other than the injured person, i.e., the injured person’s heirs. The second difference is that the types of damages awarded in wrongful death cases are different from those awarded in personal injury. z thestoddardfirm.com Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS
  3. 3. WHO CAN FILE A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM? Wrongful death claims are usually filed by family members of the deceased. Technically, wrongful death cases are brought by the heirs to the deceased. This may include: The surviving spouse of the deceased The children of the deceased The parents of the deceased The brothers and sisters of the deceased Other more distant relatives z Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS thestoddardfirm.com
  4. 4. WHY FILE A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM? If you’ve lost someone, you may want to file a wrongful death claim to get a feeling of closure and justice concerning the death of your loved one. Families that have lost a main financial provider may need to file a case in order to provide for their financial needs. There are a variety of reasons to file a wrongful death claim, but the most important thing is getting the process started. That’s how justice begins. z Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS thestoddardfirm.com
  5. 5. WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF WRONGFUL DEATH? Wrongful death can happen to anyone, anywhere. That being said, there are certain situations and certain actions that are more likely to kill people than others. Some of the most common instances of potential wrongful death include the following: Every year, about 35,000 people die in automobile accidents in the United States. About 30,000 people die in fall-related accidents annually. Accidental poisoning kills about 40,000 people each year. About 5,000 workers are killed on the job each year. z Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS thestoddardfirm.com
  6. 6. TYPES OF DAMAGES IN WRONGFUL DEATH In a case of wrongful death, the measure of damages is the value of the life measured from the perspective of the deceased. This value includes lost future earnings, medical bills, and all the intangible elements of a person’s life such as loss of happiness, loss of the relationships with family and friends, loss of the ability to raise children, etc. These damages are often divided into (i) intangible elements, and (ii) tangible elements. z Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS thestoddardfirm.com
  7. 7. WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES 1: INTANGIBLE VALUE OF LIFE Intangible value of life covers those parts of a person’s life that can’t be translated into monetary amounts in a straightforward way. This includes things like time spent with loved ones, relaxation, and major life events the deceased missed out on. It’s not easy to translate these figures into a dollar amount, but a skilled attorney can argue for these things and prove their value in court. They can’t make up for the death, but the legal system can recognize their value in some way. z Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS thestoddardfirm.com
  8. 8. WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES 2: TANGIBLE VALUE OF LIFE Tangible value of life covers those parts of life that are relatively easy to put into monetary amounts. This includes things like the estimated amount the deceased would have earned in his or her lifetime, had the accident not taken place. It also includes the value of everyday things like mowing the lawn, taking out the trash, and running errands. When the two types of damages are combined, you have the total amount of damages for the case. z Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS thestoddardfirm.com
  9. 9. HOW LONG DOES A WRONGFUL DEATH CASE TAKE? It’s not easy to estimate how long a wrongful death case will take. A case can last a few months, or even a few years. More complex cases generally take longer than simpler cases. As a rule of thumb, cases that end in a settlement generally take less time than cases that go to court. If both parties can come to an agreement out of court, things can be settled fairly quickly. Contact our Atlanta wrongful death lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your options. z Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS thestoddardfirm.com
  10. 10. HOW TO GET STARTED? A wrongful death case begins with a letter of representation sent from your attorney to the negligent individual/entity. That being said, investigating and preparing the case can take some time before the attorney is ready to send the letter. The main thing you need to know is that if you’ve lost someone in an accident, you should talk to an attorney you can trust as soon as possible. z Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS thestoddardfirm.com
  11. 11. CONTACT US If you believe you have a case of wrongful death, contact our experienced and trusted attorneys at The Stoddard Firm as soon as possible. We offer a free initial consultation, so you can get the attorney’s assessment of your case before committing to sue anyone. If you believe you have a case, the clock is ticking. Go ahead and contact our wrongful death attorneys today. Call us at 678-RESULTS or use our online form. z Call us today at: 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS thestoddardfirm.com

A wrongful death case exists when negligence or some other action of a person or entity leads to an individual’s death. A case of wrongful death is similar to a case of personal injury, with two major differences.

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