Trusted Augusta Wrongful Death Lawyers
Dedicated and compassionate Augusta wrongful death lawyers serving all of Georgia. If you have suffered a loss, our attorneys will fight for your rights, call us for a free case evaluation: 706-524-7784
Wrongful death cases are difficult, not only because they are so emotionally challenging but also because the laws surrounding wrongful death are complex.
Of course, any injury that happens as a result of someone else’s careless behavior is frustrating. But when that carelessness causes death, it’s hard to make sense of something so tragically preventable.
Naturally, we all make mistakes. But we also all owe it to each other to exercise caution and care in our daily lives. Basic, reasonable behavior can go a long way in preventing unnecessary injury, illness, and death.
That is particularly true when the party behaving irresponsibly is someone who has been entrusted with a special duty or the responsibility of care. Doctors, employers, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, local governments, and more have all been charged with the task of keeping us safe. When they fail to do so, the law in Georgia subjects them to serious liability.
The central notion underlying Georgia wrongful death law is that anyone who causes the death of another through negligence should have to compensate the victim’s loved ones for their costs, losses, and suffering related to that death.
Unfortunately, the defendants often make that process much more difficult for families than it ought to be. Long, protracted legal battles are common – and that is the very last thing that any grieving person wants to endure.
Our law firm understands that. Our experienced Augusta wrongful death lawyers are here to shoulder the burdens of litigation and justice so that our clients don’t have to.
With years of experience to our credit, we know how to handle Georgia wrongful death lawsuits. We understand how these cases arise, and we are in command of the strategies that are most often effective in producing justice.
Indeed, our talented team has been successful in recovering substantial financial compensation for many grieving families in Georgia, and it is our mission to offer that kind of aid and advice to as many victims’ families as we can.
We care. And we’ll fight for you in the way you would expect from someone who truly cares. Your case isn’t just a file in our cabinet. It’s a story of tragedy and injustice, and we’ll work tirelessly toward making it right. You hire us to make a big difference in the outcome of your story, and that is our unwavering, unyielding goal. You can count on your lawyers at T. Madden & Associates, P.C.
A Delicate Balance
Our firm understands the extreme sensitivity of any case that involves the loss of life. As committed Augusta wrongful death attorneys, we know no greater privilege and no greater responsibility than to represent those who’ve lost someone so special to them under shocking, unfair, or unexpected circumstances.
In addition to counseling and advising the family, we feel that our firm must use every legal means available to us in order to recover the maximum amount of compensation for the deceased person’s family.
That is a delicate balance that we believe we’ve managed to achieve over time. Our clients can count on us for compassion toward the family and robust representation in our demand for justice.
Our experienced Augusta wrongful death attorneys will do the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to.
How Wrongful Death Happens
Wrongful death can arise in virtually any context. Most often, we see such senseless death in these scenarios:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Surgical malpractice
- Birth injury
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Police misconduct
- Wrongful shooting (whether by police or civilian)
- Assault and battery
- Fires and explosions
Of course, these are only a few of the most common examples of wrongful death. Wrongful death litigation is always a fact-intensive proposition, and no two situations are quite alike. You might not be sure whether your case is eligible for the protections of Georgia wrongful death law. That’s okay. Our Augusta GA wrongful death lawyers can help you sort it out. Give us a call and we’ll explain the law, your rights, and your options.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who can file a wrongful death claim in Georgia?
Georgia applies the following priorities:
- If the deceased was married at the time of death, the spouse must file the claim on their own behalf and on behalf of any minor children.
- If there is no spouse and no minor children, but there are adult children, the adult children must file the claim.
- If there is no spouse and no children (as in the case of the death of a child, for example), a wrongful death claim can be brought by either the surviving parent(s) or the personal representative of the victim’s probate estate. If the victim left no will, the court will appoint a personal representative.
What kinds of damages are available, and who is eligible to receive them?
Georgia awards damages for the following losses:
- Lost earnings by the victim due to his death;
- Damages for lost care and companionship;
- Medical expenses related to the victim’s injury or illness;
- Funeral expenses;
- Burial expenses;
- Value of the life (Wrongful Death Case);
- The pain and suffering endured by the victim before he died; and
- Punitive damages are possible (though not guaranteed) in rare cases – if the victim is killed by a doctor who performed surgery while intoxicated, for example, or a deliberate “road rage” murder.
Damages are generally distributed to close relatives. However, expenses borne by the victim’s probate estate (funeral expenses, for example) will be paid to the estate.
Are there any time limits on filing a wrongful death claim?
The general limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years after the death of the victim, although exceptions apply under certain circumstances.
Schedule a Free Consultation
If someone you love lost a life because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or bad behavior, you and your family may be entitled to significant compensation under the law. T. Madden & Associates, P.C. can help.
We are proud to offer free case reviews to anyone who may have questions before getting started. Additionally, if we do take on your case, we promise we won’t charge you a penny unless we recover compensation for your claim.
Please contact our Augusta wrongful death attorneys online or by calling 770-756-9311 to get started today.