The death of a loved one can have a profound effect on you and your family. In some cases, your loved one’s death may be preventable — and someone else may be liable for the financial and emotional damages your family is suffering from.
If you believe your loved one’s death was wrongful, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court on his or her behalf. The Sandy Springs wrongful death attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. will guide you through the litigation process, advocating aggressively for your family’s best interests each step of the way.
A wrongful death is any death that occurs as a result of another person’s reckless, negligent, intentional, or criminal acts. Many wrongful death cases would also translate to personal injury litigation, had the victim survived the incident.
Hilley & Frieder, P.C. handles multiple types of wrongful death cases involving many different accidents. Some of the most common causes we see include the following:
Georgia, like most states, has strict rules regarding who may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased person. The first person who has the ability to file a claim is the surviving spouse of the deceased, followed by any surviving children. If the spouse is alive, he or she must represent the interests of the children in court.
If no surviving spouse or children are present, the surviving parents may file the claim. The personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file the claim as well, and if no representative exists, the court may appoint one.
Georgia laws surrounding wrongful death can be very restrictive, with rules placing limits on who can file to what types of damages certain individuals can claim. Hiring a wrongful death attorney to handle your claim can provide benefits to your case that self-representation cannot.
Losing a loved one is a deeply difficult experience. If someone else’s actions were responsible for your loved one’s passing, you and your family deserve recovery — and the attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. are here to help you seek justice.
Our attorneys will advocate for you and your family’s best interests each step of the way. Contact Hilley & Frieder, P.C. today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about your next steps.