The sudden loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is traumatic and life-altering for you and your family. Taking legal action may be the furthest thing on your mind; however, time is of the essence after an accident. It is very important for attorneys to be able to inspect the vehicles involved if the death resulted from a collision, and the insurance companies often insist on taking possession of the automobiles before the evidence can be preserved. The scene where the tragic incident occurred also needs to be inspected, and as time passes, things such as skid marks and the location of debris are altered by natural weather conditions. Akin & Tate are Georgia’s wrongful death attorneys. Let us help you get justice while securing compensation that will help your family move forward and relieve some of the financial burdens that your loss has caused.
Wrongful death is a death resulting from another person’s unlawful act. Statutes vary from state to state, so it’s important for you to choose a law firm with proven experience and knowledge of wrongful death laws in Georgia – call Akin & Tate.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action that is separate from any criminal charges and prosecution. It is a cause of action, or type of claim, that allows a lawsuit to be filed even though the person who was harmed is no longer alive to bring the action.
Georgia law allows immediate family members of the individual to pursue a claim, including surviving spouses, minor children, dependent adult children, parents of the deceased, dependent relatives, and other interested parties. The deceased’s estate may be able to receive awards for lost wages, benefits, future earnings, medical and funeral expenses, and loss of prospective net accumulations of an estate. Call us to discuss your options.
Akin & Tate is Georgia’s oldest continuing practice law firm. Founded in 1836, our team of lawyers has extensive knowledge of Georgia’s wrongful death laws. At Akin & Tate, we consider it our duty as lawyers to use our skills and experience to seek fair compensation for family members who have lost a loved one. Aside from the grievous emotional toll of losing a parent or guardian, children often face tremendous hardship when their financial provider is gone. For example, college may no longer be an option unless they receive compensation for their loss. We aggressively represent the interests of children where the financial impact due to the death of a parent will extend far into the future unless they are properly compensated. While money can never replace a beloved family member, it can relieve a great deal of stress for survivors and allow them to find the way to a new – though different – future. We also provide our clients, who receive financial restitution as part of a verdict or settlement, with information on ensuring that the money will last a lifetime as intended.
Timing is critical. The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is generally two years from the date of death. In Georgia, the standard of proof in wrongful death cases is typically a preponderance of evidence instead of clear and convincing or beyond a reasonable doubt. Our wrongful death attorneys specialize in helping you take the necessary steps to prepare a wrongful death suit. We will help you preserve important evidence in the case and ensure that all statutory deadlines are met.
Call us for a free evaluation of your wrongful death case. There are many factors involved in determining an actual award. We can discuss the specifics of your case and provide you with our recommendations based on our firm’s over 185 years of experience serving Georgia. There are no fees unless we win. If your loved one was killed due to someone else’s negligence, contact the compassionate and experienced Georgia wrongful death legal team of Akin & Tate to find out whether you are entitled to compensation.