If an accident resulted in the wrongful death of your loved one, know that there are legal options available for you to seek justice and financial compensation. The law is on your side to seek restitution for everything you and your family have lost.
During this incredibly difficult time, know that a personal injury lawyer in Union City from John Foy & Associates is here for you. Allow us to help you navigate through the claims process and get you and your family the settlement you deserve. Learn more about what we can do for you.
Why You Should Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer to Help You
Virtually all cases in Union City that result in injury or death fall under the modified comparative negligence rule of the state. Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 51-12-33, you or your deceased loved one must have been less than 50% responsible for the accident suffered. If you are more than 50% responsible, you may not be able to file a claim.
Even though the law allows you to file a claim, that doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed a settlement. You still have to prove the negligence of the other party even in cases where someone dies. Doing so can be extremely difficult without strong legal representation. That’s where our wrongful death lawyers come in to help.
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What Our Lawyers Will Do for Your Wrongful Death Case
Our wrongful death lawyers in Union City can help you with your wrongful death case in several ways. We will:
- Gather evidence related to your claim
- Calculate the worth of your settlement
- Ensure that all your legal paperwork and documents get filed correctly
- Representing you and your family’s best interests at all times
- Handling all communications with other parties involved
Fighting against the insurance company can be challenging to do on your own, especially since insurance companies have lots of legal resources available to challenge your claim. However, we can even the odds and ensure that you don’t have to settle for anything other than maximum compensation.
Insurance Companies Will Try to Settle for Less
Even in wrongful death cases, don’t expect the insurance company to have any compassion for you or your deceased loved one. They will often try to offer you fast settlements that are way below what your true settlement is actually worth. So, never accept their initial offer and try to avoid talking to them if possible.
Insurance companies will often send insurance adjusters to contact you either over the phone or in person. In doing so, they’re trying to get you to accept their lowball settlement offer or get you to say or write something that can weaken the strength of your claim.
If you must say anything to the insurance company, keep it vague. Get one of our wrongful death lawyers to help you during the negotiation process.
Wrongful Death Damages You Can Recover
There are several damages you can recover for after the wrongful death of a loved one. While we can’t list them all in-depth, here are a few of the most common damages our wrongful death attorneys in Union City often see.
You can recover medical expenses that your loved one received before their death. For example, whatever hospital treatments, doctor visits, prescriptions, and medical equipment they needed can all get reimbursed back to you and your family.
In many cases, the loss of your loved one can make it extremely difficult to make ends meet, especially if your loved one helped pay for bills and expenses around the house or for your family. Whatever lost wages that your loved one now can no longer earn can get factored into your settlement. That way, you have the financial support you need.
In addition to the lost wages of your loved one, you can also recover lost wages on your end. Wrongful death isn’t instantaneous after an accident. Some accidents may have resulted in your loved one needing an extended amount of care before their passing. Whatever time away from work you took to care of your loved one can get reimbursed through your settlement.
Non-economic damages are the opposite of economic damages such as lost wages or medical expenses. Whereas those damages have fixed values, non-economic damages associated with wrongful death don’t have a set monetary sum. Some examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering before death
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma from the loss of your loved one
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our wrongful death lawyers know that no amount of money can replace the one you loved. However, we hope that the financial compensation and justice you receive from filing and winning your claim can give you the strength and financial security to move forward from your loss.
File Your Wrongful Death Claim Quickly
In Union City, you have two years to file your wrongful death claim under OCGA § 9-3-33. Even though two years seems like a long time, don’t underestimate how quickly time passes. Many people lose their right to file a claim by waiting too long to file. Our lawyers are ready to assist if you don’t know how or when to get started.
Get Your Free Consultation from Our Union City Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
Here at John Foy & Associates, our Union City wrongful death lawyers are ready to help you get justice and closure for your loss. We can help families of wrongful death victims in Union City and the surrounding areas.
To schedule an appointment for a free consultation today, please contact us online or over the phone. We are available 24/7.