Wrongful Death of a Loved One: Dealing with Financial and Emotional Obstacles


November 21, 2012

The early or unexpected death of a spouse, parent or child can affect a family that is left behind in so many different ways.

Some of the emotions that people experience are grief, anger, denial and depression. Thinking about the future at these times of grief can be extremely difficult if not impossible. If the accident that took the life of a loved one was caused by the negligence of another person, however, it may be important to consider filing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. While a wrongful death lawsuit cannot truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, it can help replace the lost income of a breadwinner, pay outstanding medical bills and provide other financial compensation that can permit a family to rebuild their lives following the loss of a loved one.

In a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit, the value of a person's life must be determined in order to determine the appropriate amount of compensation to be awarded to the family of the deceased. If the other party is found responsible for the person's wrongful death, then he or she must provide financial compensation based on the value of the deceased person's life.

There are different factors that are applied when determining the value of a life for the purpose of calculating damages in a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit:

  • The person's age
  • The person's health
  • The person's expected life span
  • The person's future earning potential
  • The loss of the person's life experience

Family members who must move on with their lives after the loss of a loved one may be faced with challenges that they are not ready for financially or emotionally. While no amount of compensation can bring someone back, the peace of mind that compensation awarded by a court can give to a person can help them to go forward.

Our experienced and compassionate Georgia wrongful death attorneys have helped many clients move on during an excruciatingly difficult time of their life by helping them attain damages for:

  • Loss of Financial Support
  • Loss of Future Financial Support
  • Medical Expenses
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Pain and Suffering

Securing the financial future of a family after the death of a loved one is one of the areas in which our firm excels. When you hire us to help you through this difficult process, we will take the burden off of you to determine how and why the other person is at fault for your loss. You can leave the legal issues to us while you deal with your grief and attempt to put the pieces of your life back together.

Wrongful death lawsuits have a statute of limitations, which means that if they are not filed in a timely manner, the window of opportunity to secure the financial security of your family may come to a close without your being aware of the loss of that right. It is important to consult with our experienced team of Georgia wrongful death attorneys as soon as possible.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we know that no sum of money can truly compensate you for the loss of someone you love. However, we also know that you may face real economic challenges including loss of family income, extraordinary medical bills and funeral expenses. It is also important that wrongful conduct be punished and discouraged. Where conduct is particularly aggressive or malicious, the court may even award punitive damages, which can be substantial. The attorneys of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been representing families just like yours in Atlanta and throughout Georgia and the Southeast for nearly 30 years.

Call Montlick & Associates today to see how our experienced Georgia wrongful death attorneys can help. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

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