Marietta Wrongful Death Attorney

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Nothing can compensate a grieving family for the loss of a beloved relative, but holding responsible parties accountable can make all the difference in allowing a family to begin the long process of recovery If you recently lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s actions, it is critical to speak with a Marietta wrongful death attorney. The Champion Firm is here to answer your questions by phone, text, or chat. We don't charge a fee unless we win.

Why choose The Champion Firm?

We provide responsive and compassionate legal care to those grieving a wrongful death.

Losing a loved one is devastating, especially when someone else is to blame. If your spouse, parent, or child died anywhere in Georgia, the law allows you to seek compensation. Insurers may try to deny or limit how much they owe for a lost life. Let our Marietta wrongful death attorneys pursue damages on your behalf.

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The Champion Firm Difference:

We provide top-rated client care. We keep you updated on your case in a compassionate, timely way as you and your family members work through this difficult time. We fight for the compensation and justice that we would want for our family members.

We deliver exceptional results. We aggressively pursue compensation. Since 2014, The Champion Firm has recovered over $65 million dollars in settlements. If we cannot get compensation and justice for you from insurers, we can take the responsible party to court.

We handle the paperwork and all the details. You’re grieving right now. Let our team take care of the paperwork and insurance while you spend time with your family. We do all we can to protect you from additional stress and worry.

We prepare every case as if for trial. As successful personal injury lawyers, insurance companies understand that we mean business. If we cannot negotiate a fair settlement out of court, we take the at-fault party to court.

What To Do After a Wrongful Death?

There are two parts to a wrongful death case. The first is a claim for compensation for surviving family members denied their loved one’s emotional and financial presence. The second is for the deceased’s estate to cover their last medical bills and final expenses.

Georgia’s wrongful death statute considers the “full value of life.” The closest surviving relative – spouse, child, or parent – is entitled to compensation for both tangible (economic) and intangible (emotional) loss.

A wrongful death attorney with The Champion Firm will guide you through the insurance and legal process. Here are some things to consider:

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Keep information regarding your loved one's death.

Our advice is to keep everything related to your loved one's demise, including correspondence from the insurance company, hospital bills, and any photographic or documentary evidence. You can turn this over to your attorney, who can decide what could be used to support your claim.

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Allow an autopsy if asked.

An autopsy answers essential questions about the decedent's cause of death, time of death, and other information. We respect that some religious beliefs prohibit autopsies, but they are part of the investigative process. You deserve justice for your loved one's death.

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Take time to grieve.

It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one. It is even more heartbreaking when their death is the result of negligence or wrongdoing. A wrongful death lawyer takes care of protecting the interests of you and your loved ones so that you don’t have to.

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Call The Champion Firm for a free consultation.

The sooner you call for a free consultation, the sooner we can begin on your case. It takes time to pull together all the parts for a wrongful death case. An attorney can meet with you at our office, your home, or by phone or video call. We will treat you like family, while guiding you through the legal process during this emotionally sensitive time.

Who can bring a wrongful death claim in Georgia?

How We Find Fault in a Wrongful Death Case

Liability in a wrongful death caused by intentional, malicious, or criminal actions is known as “negligence per se.” In other words, someone who violates a law or regulation is automatically considered negligent and therefore responsible for damages. Wrongful death compensation is different from criminal charges, and one does not prevent the other.

A wrongful death lawyer gathers evidence of liability or wrongdoing. Whether the cause of death is medical malpractice, a violent act, or a car accident, The Champion Firm digs deep to identify all liable parties.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Marietta

Car accidents

There were 1,615 traffic fatalities in Georgia in 2020, the highest number in more than a decade. Most accidents are preventable, with drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and reckless drivers as the cause for many wrongful deaths.

Medical malpractice

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death for Americans after cancer and heart disease, according to a study by Johns Hopkins Medicine. These include incorrect diagnosis, surgical errors, birth injuries, and failure to treat.

Truck accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, truck accidents involving 18-wheeler, semi rigs, and other large trucks killed 5,184 Georgians in 2018.

Defective products

Manufacturers must make sure their products are safe before being sold or used. Still, faulty products, ranging from medication to tires, are a common factor in wrongful deaths.

How Much Is Your Wrongful Death Case Worth?

Every case is unique and requires a different strategy. We pursue the maximum compensation possible for both you and your loved one’s estate.

In the most egregious cases, when your loved one suffered painful injuries before their death, their estate might demand punitive damages. These extra damages are rare, but they are possible.

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

The closest surviving relative usually files the wrongful death lawsuit. Depending on the situation, this might be a spouse, parent, or child. In other cases, other relatives or the representative of the estate may bring the claim.

How Our Lawyers Maximize Your Compensation

We build a strong claim using evidence, documentation, and testimony that might include:

  • Criminal charges
  • Police reports
  • Photos or videos
  • Medical reports
  • Physical evidence
  • Eyewitness statements

We may call upon financial experts to calculate your economic losses. For example, it is not enough to take your loved one’s pay stubs and multiply them. Our lawyers consider promotions, raises, and other professional advancements that your loved one could have received. It is our goal to protect you and your family members from current and future financial burdens.

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Wrongful Death FAQs

If you believe your relative died because of someone else’s careless, reckless, or malicious behavior, call a wrongful death lawyer immediately. It would be best if you learned more about your legal options.

You usually have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit. Various factors can give you more or less time, which is why it’s essential to talk with a lawyer right away.

It depends on the circumstances. If the cause of your loved one’s death is clear, such as a car crash, an autopsy might not be necessary. If there’s any doubt as to what caused your loved one’s death, an autopsy may be crucial evidence in a wrongful death claim.

Georgia law determines how wrongful death damages are divided. Typically, the compensation is divided between the surviving spouse and children. The surviving spouse is entitled to at least one-third of the recovery. If your relative’s spouse is also deceased, then the compensation is distributed to their children. If a child has passed away, then their share is distributed to the grandchildren. If your loved one didn’t leave behind a spouse or children, the parents are entitled to compensation.

A survival action is a personal injury claim that survives your loved one’s death. Damages can include medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and pain and suffering

The survival action is for the estate, so whether you receive compensation from this claim depends on the debts and assets of the deceased’s estate. The payment is given to the estate, not directly to surviving relatives. This compensation is then distributed along with the rest of the estate to your loved one’s beneficiaries.

Why Work with The Champion Firm?

The Champion Firm is committed to treating you like family and helping you obtain maximum compensation as you go through this trying time. We will work on your behalf while you focus on your well-being and your loved ones. Our wrongful death lawyers take care of the many details involved in seeking compensation, from filing an insurance claim to filing a wrongful death lawsuit. We do this with compassionate service and aggressive representation.

Darl Champion was introduced to us after the loss of my husband. I was overwhelmed with the insurance information, court case, and all the paperwork. He came in and took over all of the stuff that I couldn't handle. His work allowed me to focus on what I needed to (my children) and not worry about the things that were so complex, and he fought for my family to receive the compensation we needed. Kimberly

Help Starts with a Free Consultation

A Marietta wrongful death lawyer helps you and your family deal with the financial and emotional aftermath following your loved one's demise. The Champion Firm fights for people who have lost a loved one due to reckless or unlawful behavior. Call (404) 596-8044 or fill out our online callback form for your free consultation.

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