Savannah Wrongful Death Lawyers
Dealing with the death of a loved one is devastating and painful on its own. Knowing that this death occurred due to the negligent actions or inaction of another makes the ordeal even harder to bear. Those responsible need to be held to account to obtain justice for the victim as well as to prevent such a tragedy from happening to someone else. The wrongful death attorneys at Chris Hudson Law Group understand the terrible pain of losing someone close, and we are skilled in Georgia’s wrongful death and personal injury law. Call us today at 706-863-6600 to schedule a free consultation.
Why You Need A Lawyer For Your Wrongful Death Case
If you’re grieving the death of a loved one, the last thing you want to think about is legal battles and financial settlements. A good wrongful death lawyer can provide compassionate and experienced legal representation so that you and your family receive what you are owed by the negligent party who caused your loved one’s death. Establishing civil liability is important in a wrongful death case, and a good attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to determine who was at fault for the victim’s loss of life. A skilled lawyer will make sure your right to compensation for the death of your loved one is protected.
Why Hire Chris Hudson Law Group?
The experienced attorneys at Chris Hudson Law Group have been helping clients in Savannah and throughout Georgia for many years. Our team of legal professionals has decades of combined experience fighting for the rights of accident victims and family members. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and compensation for people hurt in car accidents, workplace mishaps, and faulty product cases, as well as wrongful death claims for grieving family members. We treat each case with the care and respect it would receive if the client were a member of our own family. When you hire Chris Hudson Law Group, your success becomes our personal mission.
Causes Of Wrongful Death Accidents
A wrongful death case occurs when a person is killed by the negligent actions or inaction of another party, and a family member brings a lawsuit against that party to obtain compensation. Wrongful death can occur for a variety of reasons:
- Car accidents, including drunk or distracted driving – One of the most common causes of wrongful death, there were over 1,500 deaths on Georgia roadways in 2019. Unsafe driving behaviors, such as driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, and speeding, accounted for more than three-fourths of these deaths.
- Workplace accidents – Some job sites, especially factories and other industrial workplaces, can be extremely dangerous for workers. A wrongful death claim may arise if essential safety policies were ignored or an employer failed to provide adequate training. Hazardous conditions may lead to a deadly accident or an illness that ultimately results in the worker’s death.
- Medical malpractice – Doctors and nurses work long hours under intense conditions, and sometimes they make mistakes. Unfortunately, these mistakes can have deadly consequences. An incorrect name, a missed diagnosis, or an error in the amount of medication can cause a patient’s death. A wrongful death lawsuit can compensate the patient’s family for this tragedy and hold medical professionals accountable.
- Faulty products – Manufacturers have a legal responsibility to ensure that the products they put on the market are safe for consumers. If a person dies using a defective product or poorly labeled medication, the maker can be held responsible for their negligence.
- Nursing home or elder abuse – We entrust the care of our loved ones to those in the business of providing services and housing to the elderly, and we expect them to be treated with the respect they deserve. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes and rest homes meet this standard. When their negligent actions cause a relative’s death, it’s up to their family to stand up for them.
- Premises negligence – Grocery stores, playgrounds, shopping malls—an accident can occur at any of these locations. The owner has a duty to make sure that their property is safe for others to use. If they fail to maintain broken walkways, poorly lit areas, or some other dangerous condition, a visitor could suffer an accident and be killed, and they could face a wrongful death claim.
The causes may be varied, but the nature of wrongful death law requires a spouse, a family member, or a representative of the deceased’s estate to file a claim on behalf of the victim.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims
You will want to direct any specific questions to your attorney at Chris Hudson Law Group—they are the best source for advice about your case. Below are answers to a few common questions that people have about wrongful death lawsuits.
How Long Do I Have To File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The State of Georgia imposes a two-year statute of limitations from the date of death for most wrongful death suits. If the accident involved a government agency, you may have as few as six months to file a claim, however. This time limit may be paused or suspended in certain situations, such as during a criminal case that addresses the same incident. The time would start again after the criminal case concludes. The statute of limitations may also be delayed for up to five years if the estate of the deceased is not probated. It is very important to move quickly in any case, however, because your attorney may need to conduct an investigation to determine negligence.
How Do I Prove Negligence In A Wrongful Death Claim?
Often, the key to proving negligence is gathering enough evidence to prove that the other party failed to uphold their duty of care to the deceased and that this failure caused the person’s death. This is usually best accomplished by hiring an experienced wrongful death attorney. In the case of a car accident or premises injury, they can investigate the scene to determine who was at fault. In a product liability case, they could research the faulty product to determine whether other users have suffered harm. A medical malpractice case may involve investigating the medical professional and their behavior towards other patients. Providing ample evidence of negligence is often key to a successful wrongful death claim.
How Long Will My Case Take To Be Resolved?
Wrongful death cases can vary in length from a few months to several years to complete. It depends on how difficult it is to determine liability, whether the insurance company will settle a claim or a lawsuit must be filed, and whether the insurance will cover the necessary compensation. In some instances, it may take a year or two before the case can even go to trial.
Who Can Bring A Claim Of Wrongful Death?
Georgia law allows a hierarchy of certain people to bring a wrongful death claim. The spouse of the deceased would be the most eligible claimant. The spouse would also bring a claim on behalf of children of the deceased under 18 years of age. The spouse is entitled to no less than one-third of the compensation from the claim. If there was no spouse or the spouse is deceased, adult children would be eligible. After children, surviving parents of the deceased may bring a claim. Finally, a representative of the deceased’s estate may bring an estate claim, and any damages would go to the estate and would be awarded to the deceased’s next-of-kin.
How Can I Be Compensated For A Wrongful Death?
The exact details regarding compensation for your wrongful death case will depend greatly on the circumstances of the death. Your attorney can provide more specific information about compensation, but compensation can address some of the following costs after a loved one’s death:
- Medical and end-of-life care for the victim
- Loss of future earnings
- Damages for emotional and mental trauma
- Loss of inheritance
- Funeral and burial expenses
It’s difficult to determine what a person’s life is worth in a dollar amount, but a wrongful death claim attempts to measure the full value of a person’s life. Your lawyer will help you come up with this number, including financial losses like income as well as intangibles such as the loss of companionship and psychological distress. Your attorney may bring a claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate, which would provide compensation for medical treatment and funeral costs, as well as any pain and suffering the deceased went through following the accident before they died.
Talk To A Savannah Wrongful Death Lawyer Right Away
If the unthinkable occurs and a loved one is killed by another person’s actions or inaction, you need the Savannah personal injury lawyers of Chris Hudson Law Group by your side. Your focus right now should be on what matters most: your own health and the well-being of your family. Our accomplished team will make sure your rights are protected and that the negligent party is held accountable. This would be a difficult ordeal for anyone to face, but we can get through it together. Call us at 706-863-6600 or visit our contact page today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.