An unexpected tragedy, such as a death arising from another’s negligence, can present a significant emotional and financial toll on the surviving family members. If you recently lost a loved one in a Savannah accident and believe someone else may be responsible, you need the help of an attorney. Contact the firm of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP to discuss your case in a free initial consultation.
We work to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence and seek fair compensation for the harms you suffered. Some reasons why you can count on us are:
Under Georgia law, a wrongful death occurs when a person loses his or her life as the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another. In other words, grounds for a wrongful death claim might exist when a decedent would have had grounds for a personal injury claim, had he or she lived. A wrongful death may occur in many different ways, including:
Wrongful death cases function much like personal injury claims with regard to liability. To collect damages in a wrongful death claim, a surviving family member must be able to show:
A Georgia wrongful death claim serves two important purposes. The first is to compensate the surviving family members for the full value if the life of the decedent. This claim benefits the remaining members of the family and includes any monetary value assigned to the financial and intangible aspects of a decedent’s life, such as:
The second claim serves to compensate surviving family members for the losses directly related to the death of their loved one. Examples include medical expenses associated with the final illness or injury, funeral and burial expenses, and the pain and suffering experienced by the decedent before he or she passed.
Wrongful death claims involve significant damages. As such, they often require the assistance of a Savannah personal injury lawyer to litigate and settle them. Insurance companies will use a variety of tactics to attempt to reduce the settlement offer to a grieving family, even during a vulnerable time. The Savannah attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP hold negligent parties accountable for their actions and demand fair and full compensation for your family’s losses. We know that no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, but monetary compensation gives many families the financial security they need to move forward.
If you recently lost a loved one in an accident and think someone else is responsible, you need an attorney who will represent your rights. Contact us today to schedule a review of your legal options.