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No one anticipates a loved one dying, especially if it’s caused by someone else. Of course, no one can replace that loved one, and no amount of money will ease the pain, but that doesn’t mean the guilty party should get away with it. That’s why in Woodstock, the wrongful death lawyers to turn to are the legal team at Spaulding Injury Law.
The willful conduct or careless behavior of another person needs to be addressed. Our compassionate, empathetic, experienced lawyers at Spaulding Injury Law are here to help you get through the process of redressing your wrongful death claim.
The Georgia Wrongful Death Statute governs wrongful death claims. The statute classifies a death as wrongful if another person or business causes the death without legal justification.
Most wrongful deaths are caused by another’s negligence, recklessness, or carelessness. For instance, if a car driver is speeding and loses control of his vehicle, killing someone else, that’s grounds for a wrongful death claim. If someone fires a gun and kills someone intentionally or unintentionally, that’s also grounds for a wrongful death claim.
Businesses can be held accountable for wrongful death if they allow hazardous conditions to remain on their premises or do nothing to stop an employee from acting recklessly, resulting in the death of another.
The whole purpose of the Wrongful Death Statute is to help compensate surviving family members for the death of their loved one.
Under the statute, you’re entitled to file a wrongful death claim if you are the:
If you fall into one of those categories, our compassionate attorneys here at Spaulding Injury Law have a depth of experience unparalleled in the Woodstock area. We’re available 24/7 and will meet with you personally to discuss your challenges and give you the best options for recovering what you deserve.
At the end of the day, we consider you family, and our goal is to help you heal, recover, and make the best decisions possible toward that goal.
When we first meet, we’ll:
And you never pay a fee until your case is won; we’re that confident in our ability to represent you to the fullest. Simply call Spaulding Injury Law us to schedule a consultation or securely share the details of your accident details using this form.
Typically, in Georgia, juries look at several factors in determining the value of a wrongful death claim. They calculate the amount based on the “full value of a life.” There are two parts to it:
The economic value of someone’s life is based in part on the income someone would have earned if they had lived an average lifespan, which, in Georgia, is 74.24 years as of 2023.
Juries look at wages, benefits, including how much an employer would have paid into a retirement plan, and investment income, all calculated based on how long the person would have lived and worked.
At Spaulding Injury Law, we work with a knowledgeable team of experts, including economists and CPAs, to determine the value of future lost income so there are no surprises.
Economic value can also include the value of services someone would have performed. For instance, if the victim were a homemaker, the value of their caretaking and efforts to support the family would be calculated into the amount.
The non-economic “full value” part is calculated based on intangible loss. There’s no set definition of non-economic value, as it’s not measured based on income or other definable earnings.
In determining non-economic value, we look at things like what the victim enjoyed doing, such as exercising, spending time with family, vacations, getting married, and enjoying socializing with friends. There is no defined dollar amount for these activities. Then, it’s up to our wrongful death lawyers to show the jury how much was lost because of the wrongful death in a compassionate and tactful way.
If you have a wrongful death claim, call us to schedule a consultation or complete this form. The consultation is free and confidential.
Georgia’s two-year limitation of action for wrongful death bars the start of any lawsuit after the two years have ended, and it cannot be extended. So it’s critical to get started as quickly as possible. Remember – at Spaulding Injury Law, we’re on your side. We want the best for you and will help you every step of the way so you get what you deserve due to the wrongful death of your loved one. We care about you – you’re family.
And you never pay a fee until your case is won; we’re that confident in our ability to represent you to the fullest. Simply call Spaulding Injury Law to schedule a consultation or complete securely share the details of the wrongful death using this form.
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