Wrongful Death Attorneys in Albany
Compassionate, Experienced Legal Advocacy
The unexpected loss of a loved one is the most difficult thing a person can endure. If you believe your loved one’s death was the result of another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct, we encourage you to reach out to our wrongful death attorneys. From our Albany office, we at Adams, Jordan & Herrington, P.C. provide compassionate, client-focused legal representation to individuals and families who have gone through immense tragedy. With over 150 years of legal experience and a commitment to serving our clients’ unique and individual needs, we have what it takes to be the effective advocate you and your family need.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Georgia
When a person’s death is the result of another person, company, or entity’s carelessness, negligence, or intentional wrongdoing, Georgia law allows certain surviving family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party. For example, if a woman was killed by a drunk driver, her surviving spouse or child could sue the drunk driver for damages.
A wrongful death claim is separate and distinct from a criminal case. Using the above example, the drunk driver may or may not face criminal charges, but this does not affect the surviving spouse or child’s ability to file a wrongful death claim. Additionally, the outcome of a criminal court case does not affect the outcome of a civil wrongful death lawsuit. That being said, if a defendant is found guilty of committing a crime, this could be used as support in a wrongful death lawsuit.
The law allows certain individuals to file wrongful death claims in Georgia:
- A spouse or child of the decedent
- A parent/parents of the decedent if there is no spouse or child
- The personal representative of the decedent’s estate if there is no spouse, child, or parent
These individuals are allowed to seek damages based on the “full value of the life” of the decedent, as well as damages for monetary losses incurred as a result of the death, which are usually claimed on behalf of the estate.
Discuss Your Situation with Our Team Today
In Georgia, you generally only have two years to file a wrongful death claim. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations, and failure to abide by it will result in you losing your ability to file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek damages. As such, we encourage you to contact our legal team as soon as possible to avoid having the statute of limitations expire.
We understand that taking legal action may not be your top priority. While nothing can undo the devastation of your loss, a successful lawsuit can provide the justice you need to heal.
Get in touch with our firm by calling (478) 449-0137. Our Albany wrongful death attorneys are ready to answer your questions and guide you through the process.