Wrongful Death

Marietta Wrongful Death Lawyer

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If a loved one or family member has died due the negligence or misconduct of another, then you may want retribution from the offending party. Claims can be made for wrongful death if the other was legally responsible for the cause of death.

Wrongful death can include many types of fatalities from incidents such as:

A knowledgeable Marietta personal injury attorney from Jones & Swanson has successfully won compensation for victims of these types of injuries as well as many others, and they can fight for your rights too!

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Who can file for wrongful death claims?

While many persons may be affected by the unjust death of another, there are only certain people that can be compensated for their loss. Often, state laws vary on which survivors can file for wrongful death, but immediate family members are always allowed to recover reparations. In some states, domestic and life partners can claim rights if they were financially dependent on the deceased persons. Even a "putative" spouse, a person who believed they were married to the victim when it wasn't actually legal, has rights to claim compensation from the defendant.

Others who were financially dependent on the deceased, or if the deceased was financially dependent on them, can recover in some states. These include individuals such as grandparents and other distant family members. Sometimes, the death of a fetus can garner compensation for the parents suffering from physical or emotional loss. In many states, however, the child must have been born for the parents to recover their losses.

For the state of Georgia, all of the following parties can sue for wrongful death:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Children of the decedent
  • Parents of the decedent
  • Administrator of the decedent's estate

What type of damages can I recover?

A victim's survivors could sue for economic, non-economic, or punitive damages. If the victim was supposed to have provided for the survivors in some way, perhaps from their earnings, insurance or services, then they can file for economic damages to get compensated for what they would have gotten from the victim.

When a survivor suffers emotional suffering from the loss of love, care or protection from the deceased, then they can attempt to recover non-economic damages. These are less tangible and hard to calculate. The last type of damages that could be recovered are punitive, which are awarded as a punishment for the offending party. Punitive damages are meant to discourage the defendant from committing the injury again. Team up with the best personal injury law firm in GA for help in the wrongful death case in front of you.

Is there anyone that I can't sue?

While the majority of people can be sued for wrongful death if they were legally responsible for the cause, certain government agencies and employees are immune from lawsuits. Survivors cannot sue the government unless the government specifically allows them to do so by waiving their right to immunity. Various states have waived their right to immunity if the case came under a certain law.

In Georgia, citizens are allowed to sue if they were injured by a county vehicle for up to $250,000, but in other cases the state still has sovereign immunity. Need an attorney for wrongful death case in Marietta? If someone you love has died as a result of government negligence, then it is best that you hire a Marietta wrongful death lawyer from our firm to fight for your rights. It is extremely difficult to win claims against the government because of their immunity, so make sure you have our competent legal team on your side to fight for your right to recovery.

Need a lawyer for a wrongful death case in Marietta?

Survivors of wrongful death victims should immediately contact a member of our legal team to represent your case. We deal with many circumstances, no matter how complicated they are. Don't hesitate to call for a free consultation, so we can discuss your case in further detail. We know that this is an emotional and painful time for you and we want to help by taking the responsibility of a lawsuit off your plate.

Searching for a lawyer for wrongful death in Marietta? Contact a Marietta wrongful death attorney from Jones & Swanson today!

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