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The Top 5 Questions About Wrongful Death

BEFORE You Talk to the Insurance Company, a Lawyer, or Sign Any Documents, You Should Read This!

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1: Do I have a Wrongful Death claim?

A: There is not an easy way to determine whether or not your family has a wrongful death claim without an attorney knowing specifics about your case (each case is different). If your family member(s) died in a car accident, it would be wise NOT to discuss the matter with the insurance company until you have spoken to a lawyer who has experience in wrongful death cases.

In Georgia, one thing that must be established to see if you have a case, is to prove that the other party’s actions is connected to the victim’s death or injuries.

Example: You are sitting at a red light, and the driver behind you fails to use the breaks, and rear-ends your vehicle. There is an obvious connection between the driver’s actions (failing to use the breaks and rear-ending you) and the injuries that result from that accident. Once a “casual connection” between the driver’s negligence and your injury is established, you then may be able to pursue a claim against the other driver for your injuries.

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2: Is it okay to pursue a wrongful death claim?

A: For many people who have suffered the loss in a fatal car accident, contacting an attorney is probably the furthest thing from their mind. The shock and overwhelming feelings of grief can be paralyzing for a family, and rightly so.

But after the initial shock, a family will realize there are needs that must be fulfilled, such as:

  • How will you pay for funeral expenses or medical bills?
  • Who will care for the children while you’re at work, or grieving?
  • How will you make ends meet after the financial loss?

Some people fear that pursuing a wrongful death claim will mean they are focusing on the wrong things rather than focusing on the memories of a loved one. In reality, delegating to an attorney to focus on your case and legal needs allows you to focus on healing.

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3: How can I cope after losing a loved one in an accident?

A: Everyone copes with painful experiences differently, but some recommendations may help you through your pain as you treasure the memory of your loved ones while receiving help from others who truly care and support you after a tragedy.

Attorney James Murphy has published a book called “Counseling Loved Ones of Fatal Accidents – Dealing with the Grief of Wrongful Death“, which adapts a list of ideas and recommendations from the University of Texas at Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Care website. You can order the book above for FREE.

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4: Why might you need an attorney?

A: No amount of money could ever replace the loss of a loved one, or truly compensate for the pain and suffering experienced after a fatal accident. Yet, certain actions often need to be taken in order to ease the financial situation of surviving family members, so they can focus on healing.

Specific Ways a Fatal Accident/Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help: Getting Compensation for:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Financial Losses Incurred Due to Loss (Present and Future)
  • Medical Bills / Expenses
  • Funeral and Burial Expenses
  • Other Expenses Related to Loss

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5: Who can file a claim for the deceased?

A: A wrongful death lawsuit can be files by a personal representative of the surviving family members, meaning that a selected person may file a claim on the behalf of a fatal accident victim’s estate.es.

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