If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident or due to the negligence of another party, the devastation can feel overwhelming. Wrongful death lawsuits provide an opportunity to demand accountability and compensate your family for some of the losses you have experienced.
Our firm, Nicholson, Silverbach, & Watson, helps clients in metro Atlanta and across Georgia with personal injury claims, including wrongful death lawsuits. We have compiled a brief list of reasons to consider filing this kind of action.
Reason #1: Your Loved One's Death Has Changed Your Life
To have standing in a wrongful death suit, you must be the spouse, child or parent of the deceased, or a personal representative of the estate, if there are no living relatives. The death of this person has impacted you negatively in many ways. You may have funeral and medical expenses to pay, and you may have been harmed by watching the conscious pain and suffering the deceased endured before death. Further, you have been deprived of the deceased's companionship for life and may have a much lower standard of living due to the loss of the deceased's income.
Reason #2: The Case Against the Defending Party is Strong
To pursue a wrongful death case, you will need to prove four things to bring a strong case to the negotiation table:
- Negligence: The other party was reckless or negligent in their actions and this caused your loved one's death.
- Breach of duty: The other party had a duty (to be a safe driver or to maintain the deceased's health as a doctor) and did not fulfill this duty.
- Causation: It must be proven this is a death due to negligence of the defendant.
- Damages: The losses incurred by your family because of this death can be quantified.
Reason #3: Your Lawyer is Able to Present Your Case to Reach a Successful Outcome
Wrongful death cases can be complex. In many cases, the outcome is determined by the quality and reliability of the evidence. Our firm will provide you with an experienced attorney who has handled wrongful death cases successfully and who will remain focused on recovering equitable compensation for your losses.