Just the thought of losing a family member is enough to cause depression. There simply are no words to describe the tragedy of a loved one's death. This is particularly true when a family member passes due to another person's negligent or malicious actions.
Unfortunately, unintentional injuries - such as those sustained in car accidents - are a leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 136,053 people died due to unintentional injuries in 2014.
Although car crashes are the number-one cause of unintentional injury deaths, there are several other reasons why these tragedies happen. Common examples include:
· Medical malpractice;
· Intentional acts of violence; and
· Deaths due to product defects.
If your family member died due to the negligence of another person or organization, then you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. If the incident happened in Georgia, contact The Finnell Firm.
An accident lawyer in Rome will evaluate your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses and help you claim the maximum compensation from the liable party. Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free consultation.
What Should Family Members Do after a Wrongful Death in Georgia?
It can seem impossible to think clearly after a family member's death. In the face of such emotional trauma, it is difficult to consider the financial implications of the loss.
Often, a wrongful death puts an entire family's finances in jeopardy - especially when the deceased is a primary source of income. If your loved one was a victim of wrongful death, it is important that you take these three steps to protect your interests:
1. Identify Who Will Make the Claim
Georgia Code Title 51 Chapter 4 stipulates that the surviving spouse or children may make a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family. However, if a spouse or child is not able to make the claim, either the deceased's parents or a personal representative of the deceased's estate may do so instead.
2. Compile the Necessary Documentation
You will need these documents to make a wrongful death claim: the death certificate, the Office of the Medical Investigator report, and any incident reports related to the death. Your personal-injury attorney will help you gather this documentation, as well as proof of income and other documents to prove damages, liability and negligence.
3. Contact an Accident Lawyer
Wrongful death cases are notoriously difficult to win. Even when negligence and liability are obvious, calculating damages is a complicated process.
Your personal-injury attorney may use testimonies from financial and medical experts to support your claim. Your lawyer will also help you avoid mistakes that would reduce your final recovery or prevent you from recovering any compensation at all.
If your loved one was a victim of wrongful death, contact a Georgia personal-injury attorney from The Finnell Firm. Attorney Robert Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years. Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free initial consultation.