If you lost a family member because of a negligent traffic accident, you could have the right to demand compensation for your losses. In many situations, this can include reimbursement for the costs of your loved one’s final medical treatment and any funeral costs. It may also be possible to collect compensation for lost companionship, your own emotional trauma, and your loved one’s lost earnings.
Our fatal accident lawyer serving Decatur can help you with this process, such as gathering evidence concerning the incident, dealing with the insurance companies, identifying the liable party to bring a case to court, and representing your family’s interests every step of the way.
Compensation Available After a Fatal Accident
The goal of a wrongful death lawsuit is to seek the compensation needed to comfort your surviving family members. We want to fight for the best possible outcome for you.
Some losses are economic—in other words, they cost you financially. Your family may have had to pay for a funeral or cover your loved one’s medical bills.
A demand for compensation could provide you reimbursement for these losses. In addition, your family may be suffering economic hardship due to the loss of income. A compensation package must include payments for this lost income.
Other losses are more intangible and emotional. There is no doubt that an unexpected death can place significant strain on your family. We could help you seek compensation for:
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parental guidance
Our attorneys could help your family members seek out the compensation that you need during this time.
Family Members Who Can Initiate a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
According to state law, only certain parties may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit and collect compensation.
Per OCGA §51-4-2:
- A surviving spouse has the first opportunity to file these lawsuits in court. It is only when there is no surviving spouse that a decedent’s children may demand payment in court.
- The compensation in the case will be divided among the spouse and the children.
We can help you understand how any relevant laws may apply to your case. Our car accident lawyers help Decatur families protect their legal rights for wrongful death cases in and out of court.
There is a Strict Time Limit on All Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Even if it is clear and obvious that another driver was to blame for an accident that resulted in the death of your loved one, your family may not recover compensation if you wait too long to act.
OCGA §9-3-33 is a state law called the statute of limitations, which concerns wrongful death cases. In short, it says that people pursuing compensation after a death must have their case in court within a limited time after their loved one’s death. Because incidents that result in death are often complex legal matters, it is essential to act as quickly as possible to ensure that this time limit does not hinder your case.
We will Perform Full Investigations Into Car Crashes
There is no doubt that this may be a challenging time after you’ve lost a loved one in an accident. Our attorneys handling fatal car accidents can take the lead in gathering evidence to support your case, managing all the legal needs of your case so that you don’t have to.
We will work to prove that another driver was at fault for the crash. We will obtain a full picture of the moments leading up to the collision, which is an essential part of any car accident case.
This evidence may include:
- A police report
- Traffic camera footage
- Dashboard camera video
- Evidence that another driver was texting while behind the wheel
- Witness statements
- Accident reconstruction reports
In short, gathering comprehensive evidence concerning a car collision is a vital part of any pursuit of compensation—and we will build a strong case for you and your family.
Investigating Liability in Your Case
In some accident cases, liability can be especially complicated. For instance:
- If your loved one’s accident was caused by a truck driver, the truck driver may be found liable—but it is also possible that a trucking company is responsible, too.
- If the accident happened in a construction zone, the construction crew (or even a government entity) could be liable for poor road safety.
We will ensure that the appropriate party is held responsible. We can take care of this investigative work so that you don’t have to.
We will Fight for Decatur Families After Wrongful Death Car Accidents
Negligent drivers are liable to provide appropriate compensation. Surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit that demands compensation for their emotional traumas and economic losses.
Our lawyers serving the families of fatal car accident victims are prepared to help you to seek out these payments.
We are proud to serve accident victims and their families in the Atlanta area. There are many reasons why you may want to call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to handle your case, including:
- Our Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, signifying our lawyers’ high ethical standards
- Our track record of million-dollar settlements in injury cases
- Our contingency-fee based services, which means low risk for you during a financially difficult time
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
Call us today at (404) 888-8888 to get started on seeking the justice you deserve.
During your free consultation with a member of our team, you will be advised of your legal rights. We will review your case and help you to understand your legal options and the steps you should consider moving forward.