Compassionate And Effective Representation In Wrongful Death Actions
Nothing compares to the pain of prematurely losing someone you love. The pain is magnified when their death was the result of someone else’s negligence or intentional actions. No amount of money can bring back what the victim’s loved ones have lost, but compensation is nonetheless necessary and appropriate.
Working with the right attorney can make a huge difference in the process and outcome of your legal matter. When you hire Kuveikis Law, P.C., I will provide experienced guidance and attention from start to finish. I take your case personally, and I make sure the victim’s family is provided for and compensated fairly for the loss of their loved one’s contributions.
Important Differences Between Personal Injury And Wrongful Death
In many ways, wrongful death and personal injury cases are very similar. Any intentional or negligent act that would qualify for personal injury litigation would also be appropriate for a wrongful death suit. A partial list includes:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Violent crimes
- Injuries on dangerous private property
There are two significant differences, however. The first is the degree of harm suffered by the victim (fatal vs. nonfatal injuries). The second is who serves as the plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Who Can Bring A Claim?
In personal injury suits, the injury victim serves as the plaintiff. Because that is not possible in a wrongful death action, someone else will need to sue on behalf of the decedent (deceased victim).
Under Georgia law, a select few people have legal standing to file a wrongful death claim. They are, in order of eligibility:
- The decedent’s surviving spouse
- The decedent’s children (if no living spouse)
- The decedent’s parents (if no spouse or children)
In cases where the decedent has none of the family members listed above, the executor of their estate may serve as the plaintiff in the wrongful death action. If you have questions about eligibility to sue on behalf of someone you have lost, I invite you to contact me for a free discussion about your rights and legal options.
Seeking Damages For Wrongful Death
As with a personal injury suit, the plaintiff can seek compensation for things like medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering. However, additional damages are often available in wrongful death lawsuits, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Other expenses related to the person’s death
- The decedent’s future expected wages and income
- Loss of companionship, care and advice
These losses can be somewhat difficult to calculate, which is one reason why it’s important to work with an experienced attorney. Additionally, Georgia’s statute of limitations on wrongful death claims is typically two years from the date of death, so please don’t wait too long to seek legal help.
Talk To An Attorney Who Listens And Cares
Based in Duluth, Georgia, Kuveikis Law serves clients throughout North Metro. I am honored to represent families in wrongful death matters, and I work tirelessly to maximize compensation on their behalf. To tell me your story and learn how I can help, contact me to schedule a free initial consultation. Just call 678-541-7669 or fill out my online contact form.