Covington Wrongful Death Lawyer

Grieving family walking through a cemeteryCoping with the loss of a loved one, especially when the death is caused by the actions or negligence of someone else, is a pain that can never be put into words. However, in this frustrating and emotionally difficult time, the team at Scholle Law is here to help take some of the burden off you and your family.

A wrongful death is defined as a death that occurs when a person is killed because of the negligence, reckless disregard, or willful misconduct of another individual or company. Wrongful death may happen due to a car accident, medical malpractice, criminal behavior, and more.

No matter the cause, you and your family deserve justice. We know that there is no dollar amount that can erase the pain of your loss, but a wrongful death lawsuit can hold the at-fault party accountable and provide some financial relief. 

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s actions or negligence in Newton County, our compassionate attorneys are here to help you. Our goal is to remove the burden of legal action from your shoulders so you and your family can focus on grieving and healing. Call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Covington wrongful death lawyer today.

Seeking Compensation After a Wrongful Death in Covington

African American mom hug comforting sad teenage daughterIn Georgia, the measure of damages for wrongful death is the full value of the life of the deceased, including economic damages, such as projected life income, as well as intangible damages. Determining the value of these damages in a complex process. Even calculating economic damages, which are typically easy to prove in personal injury cases, is complicated.

This is because both your lawyer and the insurance company will do their own calculations to determine what compensation is owed.

For instance, if your loved one was a 50-year-old man who worked as a mechanic, projected life income would be less than if the deceased was, say, a 30-year-old high-level executive. Of course, an argument can be made that the mechanic was positioned to grow his business, and therefore his projected life income was potentially substantial.

Intangible losses are even more difficult to calculate. How do you put a price tag on the love and security your loved one provided? Can the guidance they provided to their children be put into a dollar amount? Both your lawyer and the insurance company may say “yes,” but the formulas they use to reach the amount of compensation you deserve may result in radically different figures.

Families of wrongful death victims may also be burdened with medical costs arising from the care the decedent received after the injurious incident, as well as funeral and estate expenses. Georgia law allows for these damages to be recovered by the family of the victim. 

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Father and daughter comforting each otherGeorgia law establishes a hierarchy of persons who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. This order of priority includes, in this order:

  • Husband or wife (spouse)
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Any other heir or next of kin (designated by estate-planning documents or by Georgia probate law)
  • Administrator of the estate

Some cases of wrongful death result in complicated probate proceedings. Charles Scholle has over 25 years of experience helping families of wrongful death victims navigate the probate process as quickly and effectively as possible.

 

Speak to a Covington Wrongful Death Attorney Today

Coping with the loss of a loved one, especially when the death is caused by the actions or negligence of someone else, is a pain that can never be put into words. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s actions or negligence in Newton County, our compassionate attorneys are here to help you. Our goal is to remove the burden of legal action from your shoulders so you and your family can focus on grieving and healing.

Call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Covington wrongful death lawyer today.