Georgia Lawyers Assist with Recovery for Losses Following the Death of a Loved One
Valdosta law firm provides representation in wrongful death claims
The accidental death of a family member can cause lasting emotional and financial challenges for surviving relatives. When the death results from another person’s negligence or misconduct, pursuing legal recourse can be crucial when it comes to regaining financial stability. With more than 20 years of experience, Gregory A. Voyles P.C. Attorney at Law assists Georgia residents with issues related to accident injuries. If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, we can help you and your family seek compensation.
Skilled lawyers advise clients in wrongful death cases
In Georgia, a death is “wrongful” when caused by another’s negligent, reckless, intentional or criminal acts. Common wrongful death incidents include:
- Medical malpractice — Medical professionals and healthcare facilities can be held liable for deaths resulting from an incorrect diagnosis, improper treatment, surgical error or other mistakes.
- Motor vehicle accidents — Fatal traffic collisions can happen when a driver fails to exercise reasonable care on the road. Unlawful conduct such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also be a factor in personal injury cases that result in wrongful death. Our firm is well versed in the distinct legal considerations respective to motorcycle accidents, auto accidents and truck accidents.
- Workplace accidents — Unreasonably hazardous work conditions, lack of safety training and other problems can lead to workers’ deaths. In the State of Georgia, surviving family members usually cannot sue the employer due to the Workmen’s Compensation Act, which provides death benefits. However, we can advise if damages can be recovered against third parties or in situations handled outside the workers’ comp system.
Our firm is familiar with many other types of wrongful death claims, including those related to defective products, unsafe premises and intentional acts. In any situation, we have the experience and proficiency to help you determine the best approach for your claim.
Dedicated attorneys help families obtain compensation for wrongful death
Georgia’s Wrongful Death Act allows certain family members to file a lawsuit on behalf of designated beneficiaries. The decedent’s spouse first holds the right to bring the claim, followed by children, parents and the administrator of the decedent’s estate. Recoverable damages are determined as the full value of the life of the decedent as shown by the evidence. Juries consider economic damages, including lost earnings and benefits, non-economic damages such as loss of companionship when calculating this amount. In a separate claim, known as a survival action, the decedent’s estate may seek compensation for the deceased loved one’s medical bills, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.
A wrongful death claim must also be filed within two years from the date of death, or the claimant loses the right to bring the action. However, if the misconduct leading to the wrongful death also leads to a criminal case, courts may suspend the time limit while prosecution is ongoing. Our firm can guide you through this complex process and work toward recovering damages.
Call to schedule a free initial consultation with a Valdosta wrongful death attorney
At Gregory A. Voyles P.C. Attorney at Law, we provide experienced assistance to Georgia residents who face difficult decisions after a wrongful death. If you would like to know more about your options, call 229-262-8019 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.