Advocating For Families After An Unexpected Loss Nationwide
The sudden loss of a loved one is always traumatic. When the death of a loved one was caused by the negligence of a person or a company, the law allows you to hold the at fault party accountable. While nothing can ever bring back a lost loved one, Georgia law gives survivors a legal right to seek compensation from the wrongdoer on behalf of the deceased.
There is nothing more difficult and traumatic than the sudden death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. Hiring an attorney is not something most families want to do after an unexpected loss. However, a lawyer can oversee legal and financial issues while family members concentrate on their own well-being and emotional health. When meeting with a wrongful death attorney, always ask how much experience he or she has with wrongful death lawsuits. In general, all personal injury lawyers charge the same percentage attorney’s fees for cases. Investigate which attorney has experience and a proven history of favorable verdicts and settlements.
There are only a few lawyers in Middle Georgia who are board certified and recognized by their peers and the industry as experts in the field. Kathy McArthur is one of the few. For 40 years, she and the McArthur Law Firm have assisted individuals and families dealing with preventable and unexpected losses. Over time, we built the resources to help Atlanta, Columbus and Augusta residents as well as Albany, Savannah and statewide surviving family members uphold the life and memory of their loved ones by seeking fair wrongful death damages on their behalves.
Choosing The Best Wrongful Death Lawyer Is Critical
In Georgia, there are many wrongful death lawyers throughout the state. However, not many have four decades of experience handling wrongful death cases like attorney Kathy McArthur. We believe in seeking the maximum compensation for our clients. Therefore, we will not hesitate to take a wrongful death case to trial if it is in our clients’ best interests. In one example, as co-counsel in a wrongful death lawsuit, Kathy McArthur obtained a $23 million verdict for our client.
Wrongful Death in Georgia Car Wrecks
Motor vehicle wrecks are the leading cause of premature death for drivers in Georgia. When a loved one has been killed in a car wreck, then you need to have someone with experience to protect your rights. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible after a wreck is one of the most important steps you need to take. Hiring the right attorney is crucial to getting a fair recovery.
At the McArthur Law Firm, our Georgia wrongful death lawyers are in various national safety organizations. We are advocates for safety on state and national roads and highways. By staying current on the most recent laws, news and safety campaigns, we are able to provide clients with a knowledgeable, cutting-edge legal team. Our mission in each case is to start early and start strong.
Understanding Wrongful Death Law in Georgia
Georgia state law defines wrongful death as the death of an individual caused by the “negligent, reckless, intentional, or criminal” acts of another person or entity. Under the law, only certain individuals can recover for the loss of a loved one.
Under the Georgia Wrongful Death Act, ownership of a wrongful death claim is vested as follows:
- The spouse of the decedent;
- If there is no spouse, then to the decedent’s children;
- If there is no spouse or children, then to the living parent of the decedent; and
- If there is no spouse, children or living parent, then to the administrator of the decedent’s estate.
Individuals have the right to recover “the full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he lived.” The “full value” can include funeral expenses, past medical bills, lost income, loss of companionship, emotional damages as well as pain and suffering. Of course, there is no “full value” to a human life. The law is not perfect. However, this is the only way our justice system is able to assist families after an unexpected loss of life due to negligence of another individual or company.
Insurance companies will always seek to offer the lowest settlement possible. Therefore, it is important to have an experienced attorney dealing with insurance companies on your behalf. The McArthur Law Firm handles wrongful death claims regularly. We are prepared to litigate the case if the insurance company is unwilling to settle your claim for a full and fair value. Insurance companies know which attorneys will hold them accountable and make them pay full compensation. Make sure an expert represents you.
Seeking Justice on Behalf of Families
If you need legal representation for a wrongful death claim in Georgia, please call the compassionate lawyers at McArthur Law Firm. We prepare every case as if we will ultimately take it to trial. We never take the easy way out and will only accept a full and fair settlement. Call 478-238-1150 today or contact us online to arrange your free initial consultation with a wrongful death attorney from our Macon or Atlanta office. We practice nationwide.