Losing a loved one is devastating, especially when it happens suddenly. If your family member suffered fatal injuries in an accident, someone may be liable. You can seek compensation for various damages, including their funeral expenses.
No amount of money can make up for your loss, but your family deserves justice. Our Valdosta wrongful death attorneys can identify the liable party and work to hold them responsible. We will handle your entire case so that you can grieve and take care of your family during this difficult time.
Compensation You Could Receive in a Valdosta Wrongful Death Case
The loss of a loved one is devastating enough. Your family shouldn’t have to worry about the financial stress that follows. A settlement may help your family cope with your loved one’s absence.
You may recover:
- Funeral expenses
- Burial or cremation costs
- Loss of inheritance for your loved one’s income
- Loss of consortium
- Your loved one’s medical bills
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
Few families are prepared to shoulder these unexpected expenses. You deserve to honor your loved one’s memory without wondering how you are going to keep your family afloat. Our lawyers can calculate your damages and fight for fair compensation.
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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Generally, a spouse, parent, or child files a wrongful death action or lawsuit. If your loved one had a will that named a representative of their estate, this person would file the suit. If there is no will, the court can appoint a representative.
If the representative receives a settlement, they can then divide it among the decedent’s surviving family members.
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Negligence May Have Played a Role in Your Loved One’s Accident
It’s understandable to be overwhelmed with shock and grief after your loved one’s accident. Eventually, you will want answers about how it happened and who is responsible. Our Valdosta wrongful death lawyers can investigate and identify a liable party. We can then gather evidence to support your compensation claim.
Whether you lost your family member in a car accident, to a medical error, or another incident, we can show the liable party’s negligence. Specifically, we can work to establish the following criteria for your claim or lawsuit:
A Party Owed Your Loved One a Duty of Care
Someone may have had a responsibility to keep your loved one reasonably safe. For example, motorists must follow traffic laws and exercise caution on the road to prevent accidents. Similarly, property owners must maintain their premises to keep guests and invitees safe. Medical professionals must follow a standard of care when treating patients, as well.
Establishing a duty of care lays the foundation for your wrongful death case.
They Breached Their Duty of Care
Our investigation may reveal that someone breached their duty of care to your loved one in some way. Sometimes, a breach involves violating the law, such as a traffic violation or the failure to follow building code regulations. Negligence can occur even if a liable party did not receive a citation or criminal charge.
We can help show that another reasonable person in the same situation would have acted differently to prevent an accident.
Their Breach of Duty Caused Your Loved One’s Accident
You also need evidence that links the responsible party’s actions to your loved one’s accident. For example, we can use medical documentation to show how a doctor’s error caused your loved one’s complications. An insurer may try to diminish this connection, but we can counter their determination of fault.
Your Loved One and Your Family Suffered Losses
A wrongful death case acts like a personal injury case that the deceased would have filed had they survived their injuries. The last step in proving negligence is to show they suffered damages. Their fatal injuries, as well as the losses it caused your family, accounts for this final element.
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You Have Two Years to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Valdosta
We understand that grieving takes time, and the last thing you want to think about is a legal case. We encourage you to act as soon as possible, though, due to Georgia’s statute of limitations.
According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you only have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you are filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you also have two years to file from the date of the incident or the date of the discovery of the medical error, according to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-71.
If you miss the deadline, you could lose your chance to seek compensation. We can get started on your case immediately and work promptly to protect your rights. The sooner you begin your free consultation, the sooner we can get started.
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We Offer Our Services on a Contingency Fee Basis
We want to help your family during this difficult time, so we take wrongful death cases on contingency. We will not charge you any upfront fees to get started. We only take our payment if we secure compensation for you.
We also offer free, no-obligation consultation so that you can learn more about working with our firm. We can discuss your loved one’s accident and explain how our Valdosta wrongful death attorneys can handle your case.
Work with Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
Our Valdosta wrongful death attorneys are here to help you and your family. You deserve compassionate and responsive legal care, and that’s what our firm provides. During your free consultation, we can discuss your legal options and answer your questions.
Let us seek fair compensation for your family while you honor your loved one’s memory in peace. We can handle your case from start to finish. Call us at (404) 888-8888.
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