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Wrongful Death Damages
If you are a family member bringing a wrongful death claim for the loss of your parent, spouse, or child, then you have the right to seek compensation for the full value of your loved one’s life. That is a complex concept. It encompasses both the deceased’s economic and non-economic values. The economic factors are easier to evaluate. They include your loved one’s future income, which can be estimated based on the earnings before death. The more challenging aspect of wrongful death damages is placing a value on what made your loved one valuable member of the community. Part of the value of their life was what they enjoyed, such as their family members, friends, and hobbies. To discuss the meaning of the full value of the decedent’s life, call a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.
If the personal representative files an estate claim, they may pursue economic damages for the decedent’s medical bills, funeral expenses, and burial expenses. If a parent, spouse, or child is not available to bring a claim, then the personal representative can also pursue the full value of the decedent’s life on behalf of the next of kin.
The distribution of wrongful death compensation is complicated when there are multiple surviving immediate family members. A wrongful death lawyer from Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC will explain how the distribution of compensation works in your family’s particular situation.
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Georgia law gives families two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death claim. That may not seem like a short period, but it goes much more quickly than most people expect. It is best to speak with an Atlanta wrongful death attorney as soon as possible, which is typically a few weeks after your loved one’s passing. It may also take us weeks or months to investigate your claim and gather evidence on your behalf. The sooner you contact us, the larger window of time we have to investigate the background of your case, prepare for litigation, and file a claim without running up against the clock.
However, there are certain situations in which the clock does not start running right away. The statute of limitations may not begin until you discover that your loved one’s death may be another person or business’s fault. It also may not begin until after a related criminal matter is settled. In any case, call a wrongful death lawyer as soon as you can to discuss your deadline for filing a claim.
Contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Today
If you believe another person or business is responsible for your loved one’s death, either due to negligence or criminal conduct, contact a wrongful death attorney. You are surely experiencing a wide range of emotions right now, from grief and anger to fear about the future. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we understand this and are here to help ease your burdens. We are here to listen to your story and answer all of your questions. If we determine there is evidence of a wrongful death, we will explain if you or another family member has the right to file a claim for compensation. If so, we will explain the process of seeking compensation and how the recovery will be distributed to you and your family.
During this devastating time for your family, we will offer you an honest and objective evaluation of your legal options. If you have a valid wrongful death claim and wish to pursue it, we will carry that burden for you.
We represent individuals in Atlanta, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Clayton County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County, and throughout Georgia. Call us today at (404) 419-6674 or use our online form to schedule a free case consultation.