Wrongful Deaths

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The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at The Lyman Firm represent families who have lost a family member as a result of accidents caused by others.  These accidents can include tractor trailer and car wrecks, slip and fall accidents, and many other incidents.  This loss of a family member is devastating for those involved and our experienced injury attorneys are here to help. Dealing with the death of a parent, child, or other family member requires all of a family’s energy and efforts.  Not only do families face an emotional loss, but tremendous financial problems as well.  As experienced Atlanta wrongful death attorneys, our goal is to remove the legal aspects of wrongful death claims from the sphere of the family’s attention so they are able to focus on what is really important: healing and coping with their loss.

Georgia wrongful death claims usually refer to a cause of action that may be brought by family members of a decedent whose death was precipitated by the wrongful conduct of another person.  These claims can be made against not only individuals, but organizations as well if they are responsible for an unnecessary death due to negligence.

Georgia’s wrongful death statute deals with respecting the value of human life.  Unfortunately, the statute has potential loopholes due to different interpretations.  This is why it is important to consult an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer who is familiar with those loopholes and understands how to navigate them.  First, our top Atlanta wrongful death attorneys will determine whether the statute of limitations has expired.  If it has not, the next step is to determine who has the “standing” to sue.  Not just anyone has the right to sue for a wrongful death caused by the negligent acts of a third party.  Suing parties are limited to surviving family members.  If a parent died, the claimants are the surviving spouse and children, and any recovery must be shared equally among them.  If the decedent had no spouse or surviving children, their parents may sue.  Siblings of decedents with no surviving spouse, children or parents can bring a claim, but it must be brought by the administrator of the decedent’s estate.

Many times surviving family members have mixed feelings about making a monetary claim for the death of a loved one.  No amount of money can bring the departed loved one back.  However, a monetary award is the only way civil law can recognize the value of a decedent’s life, compensate for their death, and penalize the at-fault party.  The monetary compensation is determined by the full value of the life of the deceased from the perspective of the decedent.  This can include economic damages such as their projected lifetime income and intangible factors like the enjoyment of the experience of living.  In addition, claims for the decedent’s medical and funeral expenses, and for pain and suffering before death, can be made.

At The Lyman Firm, our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers have experience representing families of people who have been catastrophically injured and killed.  We want to make sure you concentrate on what is important: mourning your lost loved ones.  If you or someone you know has a loved one that was killed as a result of another person’s negligence, contact us today for a free consultation and support through this difficult time.

Wrongful Death claims can arise from catastrophic injuries from:

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