Catastrophic accidents resulting in the death of a loved one can leave families in emotional and financial ruin.  In a split second, an accident can lead to harm, injury, damage, loss, and wrongful death casualty to multiple victims. While losing a loved one to an accident is unimaginable and very often the focus of large financial awards in court, families and surviving loved ones carry a heavy burden as they suffer emotional injury and financial upheaval that can result in lingering financial devastation without legal action. An experienced wrongful death lawyer can address the loss of a loved one, and initiate legal action for compensation for survivors who have suffered extensive physical injury toward a comprehensive insurance settlement, or court award in Milton Georgia.

Motor vehicle accident causing death and injury.

Under Georgia law, victims have the right to pursue compensation from insurance, whether they were walking, riding a cycle, or driving in a vehicle when an accident occurred.  If negligent acts, such as drunken driving, reckless driving, or distracted driving caused the accident, criminal charges may be filed by the state in addition to a victim’s civil action for damages.

A claim must be filed within two years from the date of the accident in most cases, but guidance from a Georgia lawyer is recommended as there are variations, based on the other drivers, the physical losses suffered and property damages.

Wrongful death and personal injury compensation.

A wrongful death legal action is a particular type of lawsuit that is brought by loved ones of someone who dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another person. In both wrongful death claims and personal injury insurance claims resulting from an accident in Milton, victims can seek:

Compensatory damages.

  • Medical bills (present and future)
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Compensation for lost wages (present and future)
  • Compensation for the pain and suffering

Punitive damages.

Punitive damages are intended to punish the person who caused the death, on a case-by-case analysis. Money is not enough to compensate loved ones for a death caused by gross negligence, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol resulting in death and permanent physical injury. When a defendant’s actions are found to be intentional, and harmful, punitive damages may be awarded to punish them as a means to deter future similar acts. Georgia law allows punitive damages in some cases when harm and intent are proven.

Hire an attorney.

Legal counsel at the Imbriale Injury Law Office will be able to represent victims in court, objectively speak for them against an insurance company’s legal team and take steps toward a fair monetary award in Milton Georgia.

Imbriale Injury Law
13 West Park Square, Suite C1
Marietta, GA 30060
Call Now (678) 445-7423
Fax Number: 678 445 7431

 

Source.

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-273

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/states/georgia/georgia.htm

https://dor.georgia.gov/acceptable-proof-insurance

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