Athens Wrongful Death Lawyers
Advocating for Justice
The trauma of having a loved one pass away due to someone else’s negligence is immense. As a survivor of the deceased, you deserve compassionate counsel from a law firm that knows how to win a settlement that eases your financial burden, so you can focus on yourself and your family.
Though we can’t restore the joy your loved one brought into your life, we can offer peace of mind by pursuing the full value of your settlement. When tragedy strikes, our Athens wrongful death lawyers advocate tirelessly on your behalf while maintaining respect for your deeply emotional experience.
Decades of Experience
Our Athens wrongful death attorneys have been representing the families of wrongful death victims for over 39 years. Every case we take on, we take personally. Our promise to our clients is to pursue the full value of your claim, so you can return to your life with justice for your loved one and financial security.
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If you need our help or have a question, we are always just a phone call away. We will treat you and your family with the same care, compassion, and dedication that we would treat our own loved ones.
39 Years of Success
Our success is underpinned by decades of experience, care for our community, and our client-first mentality. When you choose Montlick, you’ll know you’re working with a law firm like no other.
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Athens Wrongful Death Lawyers
Bringing Justice to the Bereaved
After a fatal accident takes the life of someone who meant everything to you, those involved won’t always treat you with the respect you deserve. Insurance companies could attempt to devalue your case and try to get you to settle for less during such a vulnerable time. Meanwhile, those responsible may try to minimize your grief. When you’re processing a loss, you don’t have the emotional bandwidth to battle. That’s where we come in.
The wrongful death attorneys at Montlick have a long history of recovering compensation that recognizes the life of the deceased and helps their survivors financially recover from the loss.
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If your loved one dies in a car accident, a fall from scaffolding on a construction site, or any other accident caused by the negligence of others, an experienced Athens wrongful death attorney can explain your right to pursue a wrongful death claim. When a parent, child or spouse loses a loved one, surviving family members understandably experience intense pain and grief. While these powerful emotions are anticipated when a close family member dies of natural causes, family members may struggle even more when the death is the unanticipated consequence of careless, inattentive or even intentional actions.
Our Athens wrongful death lawyers at Montlick recognize that no amount of money can give a child back the guidance of a parent or a spouse the love of their partner. However, our Athens wrongful death attorneys are committed to representing our clients when confronting the legal, financial and insurance challenges that can make coping with the trauma of losing a loved even more difficult. When the family member who passes away is a breadwinner, the financial pressure felt by surviving family members may be considerable, including medical bills, burial/funeral costs and loss of household income.
Who has the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit?
Generally, the spouse or children will be the parties that bring a wrongful death claim involving an adult, but a spouse who brings the action must share any recovery with the minor children of the decedent. The surviving spouse who files a wrongful death lawsuit is entitled to no less than one-third of the recovery, but the proceeds must also be shared with the decedent’s children. If there are neither spouse nor children of the deceased, the right to sue falls to the decedent’s surviving parents and, if there are no parents, then to the decedent’s estate. When the decedent is a minor, the parents have the right to pursue the legal action.
What deadlines apply to wrongful death lawsuits?
Timing requirements are an important part of Georgia wrongful death laws relevant to the legal rights of surviving family members. The most important of these deadlines is the statute of limitation. If a claim is not filed before the statute of limitation expires, the right to pursue a wrongful death claim will be barred. These deadlines can vary, so a knowledgeable attorney who considers the facts of your specific situation should make the determination of the applicable time deadline(s). Additionally, the date that the limitations period begins can be “tolled” (suspended) and may vary based on the circumstances, so prompt legal action is essential. There are other shorter deadlines that might be relevant if you are seeking damages from a municipality, county or other public entity. Ultimately, a free consultation with a Montlick attorney should always be your first step.
What are the types of incidents and/or conduct typically at issue in wrongful death claims?
Because any failure to exercise ordinary care to prevent injury to an individual that causes a death can be the basis for a wrongful death claim, the types of accidental or intentional conduct that can cause a wrongful death are wide-ranging. Some of the more common types of wrongful death claims involve the following:
• Tractor-trailer crashes
• DUI accidents
• Drivers texting or otherwise not paying attention
• Accidents on construction projects
• Failure to diagnose a heart attack, stroke or cancer
• Industrial or agricultural accident
• Abuse or negligence in a nursing home
• Fatal head injuries from falls and motor vehicle accidents
• Defective products including unsafe drugs and vehicles
• Speeding and other forms of negligent driving
• Drowning Accidents
• Inadequate security
• Violent crimes
• Medical malpractice
While the value of your claim and the types of damages available will depend on the specific facts of your case, there are two broad types of damages that might be recovered in an Athens wrongful death lawsuit under Georgia wrongful death laws. One component of damages is the full value of a decedent’s life from the point of view of the decedent. The second component of damages are those incurred by the estate of the decedent. These typically involve medical bills, burial expenses, funeral costs and pain and suffering of the decedent prior to passing away.
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