Car accidents can be extremely dangerous for those involved. Sometimes, a car accident results in a fatality.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 1,504 traffic deaths in 2018. As an Atlanta fatal accident lawyer, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers has seen far too often the effects these serious crashes have on the families of the victims.
If the victim of the fatality was the primary breadwinner for your family, you may be facing an uncertain financial future. You deserve fair treatment from the insurance company for the driver who caused the crash, compensating you for your losses. We are ready to help. Call us as soon as possible at (404) 888-8888 for a free case review.
Obtaining a Settlement After a Fatal Accident
We understand that no amount of money can truly compensate you for the loss of a loved one. However, that does not mean you should not seek a fair settlement from the insurance company of the driver who was at fault for the crash.
After the death of a loved one in a car accident, you have a number of items for which you can attempt to receive reimbursement, including:
- Medical bills: expenses your loved one may have had for emergency treatment immediately after the accident.
- Funeral expenses: any expenses related to preparing the body for burial and for the funeral services.
- Lost wages: an estimate of wages that would have been earned over the remainder of his or her life if not for the fatal accident.
- Pain and suffering: any suffering your loved one had in the aftermath of the crash.
- Loss of care and companionship: judgments related to the companionship from your loved one that you will now be missing.
Should you need to file a lawsuit on behalf of your loved one to recover these expenses, your accident attorney in Atlanta will be filing a wrongful death lawsuit. To determine if you are able to qualify for this type of lawsuit, consider whether you would have had the right to file a personal injury lawsuit had your loved one survived. If so, you could file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Benefits of Seeking a Settlement
You may feel like seeking a financial settlement on behalf of your loved one is simply not something you want to tackle while you are grieving. However, your loved one would not want you to face financial hardships from the loss of his or her income, such as having to move from your house or being unable to pay for a child’s college tuition.
When you hire a trusted Atlanta fatal accident lawyer to help with your case, our team can take some of the work off your plate, leaving you more time to focus on your family and to grieve properly.
Call the team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888 today for a free review of your case. We will be ready to begin working on your behalf as soon as you hire us.
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Proving the Negligence of Another Party
You and your attorney need to show that the actions of the other driver were responsible for the death of your loved one if you are to receive a fair settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you can show that the other driver acted negligently, and this negligence led to the crash, you will have a far better chance of receiving a favorable settlement. You must show a few items in a wrongful death lawsuit, including:
- Duty of care: you must be able to show that the other party had a duty of care to your loved one, such as taking every step possible to avoid a collision with a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
- Breach of duty: you must show that the other party violated the duty of care that he or she owed to your loved one, which can become obvious if police issue a traffic ticket to the other driver.
- Causation: you must show that the other party’s actions resulted in the death of your loved one and that no other reason could exist for your loved one’s death.
Once you hire us to represent you in this type of lawsuit, we will begin investigating the facts in the case, ensuring that all of these aspects are present. We also will ensure the proper party is being held responsible.
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Parties Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim After an Accident
According to the Official Code of Georgia Ann. (O.C.G.A.) § 51-4-2, only certain people are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Those people include:
- Surviving spouse
- Children of the decedent
- Parents of the decedent
If none of the eligible relatives exist or are alive, the administrator of the decedent’s estate has the ability to file the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the other next of kin. If the surviving children are minors, the estate’s administrator may have to file the lawsuit on their behalf.
We Work on a Contingency Fee Basis
When you are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit after an accident involving your loved one, understand that the team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers does not require you to pay any money up front to secure our services. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means our fee comes from the final settlement in the case.
As a trustworthy Atlanta fatal accident lawyer, we are ready to work tirelessly on your behalf. We will study the facts in the case, determining exactly who was at fault for the accident that killed your loved one. We will study police reports and interview witnesses to ensure that your loved one receives a fair settlement.
Call us today at (404) 888-8888 for a free consultation. You have a limited amount of time to start a wrongful death lawsuit. According to O.C.G.A § 9-3-33, the statute of limitations is two years. Our team can help make sure your case remains on track and hits all deadlines.