Thousands of personal injuries occur throughout Southeast Georgia each year, and while most victims are able to eventually recover, not everyone is so fortunate. A wrongful death occurs whenever a personal injury proves fatal, typically leaving the victim’s family wondering how they can recover from the loss and how to ensure accountability for the party responsible.
If you recently lost a loved one in South Georgia due to the negligence or illegal misconduct of another party, a Woodbine wrongful death attorney is the ideal resource to consult in this situation. The right attorney can evaluate whether you have grounds for legal recourse and, if so, guide you through the difficult proceedings ahead of you. Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys has years of experience handling these claims for our Woodbine-area clients, and we are ready to leverage this experience on your behalf.
Before you and your family can secure compensation for the recent death of a loved one, you must prove how the death happened, identify who is responsible for it, and meet the procedural requirements of a wrongful death suit filed in the state. Most of the wrongful deaths reported in South Georgia result from negligence. Distracted driving, speeding, premises liability, and medical malpractice are just a few examples of how negligence might result in fatal injuries.
It is also possible for illegal activity such as drunk driving or assault to cause fatal harm, in which case a defendant not only faces a wrongful death suit from the victim’s family but also criminal charges from the state. Your Woodbine wrongful death attorney can help gather the evidence and witness testimony that you may need to firmly establish liability for your loved one’s untimely death.
After proving fault for the death, you can proceed with claiming compensation for the resulting damages. The surviving family of the deceased victim has the right to seek multiple forms of compensation, including repayment of funeral and burial expenses, lost financial support the deceased provided to their family, and compensation for their pain and suffering. If the decedent did not die immediately from the incident, a survival action could be filed to seek compensation for any losses suffered by the deceased’s estate, such as medical expenses for treatment of their final injury.
Every wrongful death claim filed in Southeast Georgia is unique, and every case can present various challenges and opportunities to the victim’s family. When you choose Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys to represent your claim, you are investing in years of legal experience and a compassionate legal advocate ready to provide the support and guidance you need in this difficult situation. We seek to settle these claims for our clients whenever possible, but if litigation is required, we are fully prepared to take our client’s case to court.
A: State law allows the proceeds of a successful wrongful death claim to go to the deceased’s surviving spouse and children, followed by other beneficiaries. If the deceased had an estate plan in place at the time of their death, this may provide instructions as to how they wished their estate contents to be distributed. Your Woodbine wrongful death attorney can explain how the disbursement of your case’s proceeds will unfold according to state law.
A: A wrongful death claim seeks compensation for the surviving family’s losses after a person has died due to the actions of another party. A survival action may come into play if they did not die immediately from the incident. If the estate of the deceased incurred losses for medical expenses and lost income between the final injury and the death, these damages can be recovered through a survival action. Essentially, this type of claim seeks compensation for the damages the deceased could have sought with a personal injury claim if they had survived.
A: The surviving spouse of the deceased is first in line with the right to file a wrongful death suit, followed by any surviving children old enough to handle this responsibility. Next would be any other close relatives, such as parents or siblings. If the deceased had a legally enforceable estate plan in place at the time of their death, the personal representative named in the estate plan would be the primary party with the right to file a wrongful death suit.
A: A successful wrongful death claim can potentially yield several forms of compensation, including lost financial support and household services provided by the deceased, funeral and burial expenses, and compensation for the surviving family’s pain and suffering. Your Woodbine wrongful death attorney can provide an estimate of your claim’s total potential value. It’s important to remember that if the victim contributed to causing their death, this would diminish the final case award under the state’s modified comparative negligence rule.
A: It is possible to file a wrongful death claim without hiring legal counsel. However, this type of case is more challenging to resolve than a typical personal injury claim. Even if the plaintiff manages to meet their filing requirements and other procedural obligations and succeed with the case, they would be unlikely to recover as much compensation as an experienced attorney could have obtained on their behalf. Hiring an attorney improves your chances of winning your case and maximizing your recovery significantly.
Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys has years of professional experience handling all types of wrongful death suits for clients throughout South Georgia. We know the various legal challenges you might encounter as you seek accountability and compensation for the death in your family, and we are ready to provide the guidance and support you need in this difficult time. Contact us today and schedule your free consultation with a Woodbine wrongful death attorney to learn more about your options for legal recourse.