Wrongful Death Claims

The loss of a family member can leave you coping with terrible grief. In cases of an unexpected and untimely death, it can also place a significant financial burden on your family.

Every death is tragic, but unfortunately many fatalities occur because of negligence or other wrongdoing that could have been easily prevented. In situations where a person, company or other entity does something wrong that leads to a fatality, surviving family members of the deceased can pursue a wrongful death claim.

The Law Office of Brian C. McCarthy has extensive experience representing clients in wrongful death claims and we understand how important these cases are to family members left behind. We treat every wrongful death case with the compassion it deserves and we bring considerable legal experience to the table to maximize the chances that family members will be compensated for their losses. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team to learn how we can help and to get answers to questions including:

  • When can I make a wrongful death claim?
  • What types of compensation can I receive in a wrongful death claim?
  • How can an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer help me to take legal action?

When Can I Make a Wrongful Death Claim?

You can file a wrongful death claim after a close family member has died if you can prove:

  • The defendant was negligent or failed to live up to some legal obligation he had to the deceased.
  • The negligence or failure on the part of the defendant was the direct cause of the death.
  • Actual losses were experienced due to the death

Wrongful death claims ensure that those who kill their victims are not absolved of responsibility for their actions or failures. While a person who is injured in an accident could pursue a personal injury case, this is not possible if the victim dies. Therefore, wrongful death cases let family members to pursue a claim so the person or company responsible for the death pays for what has been done.

A number of different people or companies could be held accountable for wrongful death including:

  • Drivers who operate their vehicle carelessly and cause fatal collisions
  • Property owners who have negligent security or inadequate property maintenance and whose failures cause someone to die on their property
  • Dog owners whose dogs fatally attack and kill a victim
  • Product manufacturers who create a product that causes deadly injuries
  • Doctors whose misdiagnosis or other malpractice results in a patient's death

These are just a few of many situations where an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer can help you to pursue a claim for compensation.

What Types of Compensation Can I Receive in a Wrongful Death Claim?

In a wrongful death case, a plaintiff can recover compensation for:

  • Funeral costs and expenses
  • Any medical expenditures incurred prior to the death of the deceased
  • Lost income that the deceased would have earned during his lifetime if the untimely death had not occurred
  • Lost companionship for the survivors who no longer have their loved one in their lives.

It can be very difficult to prove the extent of losses in a wrongful death case. An experienced Atlanta wrongful death lawyer can assist in finding experts including actuaries who can estimate lifespan and specialists who can determine how much a person should have made at work if he had lived out his life.

How can an Atlanta Wrongful Death Lawyer Help me Take Legal Action

If your loved one was killed, contact the Law Office of Brian C. McCarthy today to speak with an experienced legal professional. Mr. McCarthy has been named among the SuperLawyers Rising Stars from 2010 to 2013 and has the legal knowledge and skills necessary to take on your case and fight for the compensation you deserve. To learn more and to speak with an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer, call or contact us online today.