Atlanta Wrongful Death Lawyer
Serving Families in Georgia for 60+ Years of Combined Experience
Our firm represents families who have lost loved ones in accidents caused by another’s negligent or malicious actions. With millions recovered for victims and their loved ones, our team is well-versed in providing the considerate, compelling representation that is required to achieve justice. Knowing where to turn for legal representation after the loss of a loved one makes all the difference.
If you believe you could have a claim, speak with our team at Hall & Lampros, LLP. Our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers can answer your questions in a free consultation. Call or text 404-876-8100 now, or contact us here today.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit brought against another individual who may be held responsible for a death-for example, the negligent driver in a car accident, truck accident, a healthcare professional guilty of medical malpractice, or the designer or manufacturer of a product that is defective or dangerous. In some cases, the owner of a bar or restaurant that over-served a drunk driver may be sued.
Types of Damages in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
- There are several main forms of compensation in wrongful death lawsuits, which may vary by state:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Punitive damages
Economic damages have to do with the direct financial losses sustained in the accident, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of income, loss of benefits, and loss of inheritance. Non-economic damages are intangible losses such as loss of companionship, loss of care, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. Punitive damages include financial awards above and beyond economic or non-economic damages that are designed to serve as a consequence for extreme negligence or misconduct by the defendant. Some states may also allow recovery for attorney’s fees / legal fees.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Georgia?
In the state of Georgia, spouses, children, parents, and the estate of the deceased-in that order-may sue for wrongful death.
- Spouses: Surviving spouses can pursue a wrongful death claim and will receive one-third of the settlement money.
- Children: Surviving children will receive two-thirds of the settlement to split between all descendants. If there is no surviving spouse, they will receive 100% of the settlement to divide.
- Parents: If a deceased individual was not survived by a spouse or children, parents can file a claim.
- The Estate: If there are no survivors, the deceased individual’s estate can file a wrongful claim. Any settlements go to beneficiaries of this estate.
Contact Our Atlanta, Georgia Wrongful Death Lawyers to Schedule a Free Consultation
Our team at Hall & Lampros, LLP can answer your questions with compassion and consideration. Our Georgia wrongful death law firm is ready to stand with you during this time.