Wrongful Death Claims
Perhaps one of the greatest losses in person’s life is that when a beloved family member dies due to the negligence of another. In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, trucking accident or motor vehicle accident, families will face great financial uncertainties and may not know where to turn for help. Attorney Mark Casto has represented grieving families in wrongful death cases for over 20 years, and The Casto Law Firm offers personalized attention and compassionate representation when you need it most.
Nothing can adequately prepare a family for the sudden loss of a loved one. The chaos, uncertainty, and grief can be overwhelming and difficult to overcome. These troubles are magnified and made all the more devastating when the death was caused by preventable, negligent actions of another party. While there is no dollar amount sufficient to alleviate the intense pain of such circumstances, an award of financial compensation can at least help those get through the process of recovery.
When tragedy strikes and the negligence of another results in the death of a spouse, parent, or other loved one, a Columbus, Georgia wrongful death lawyer that can offer guidance will fight the fight for the surviving family members to obtain the critical financial resources and a degree of accountability from those responsible for the unspeakable harm that has been wrought. For assistance with your claim, consult with The Casto Law Firm, an award winning Columbus, Georgia wrongful Death case law firm.
A wrongful death case can result from a wide variety factual situations, as a recognized Columbus, Georgia’s Wrongful Death lawyer, here at The Casto Law Firm, we will have been successful and have valuable experience in just about every type of factual event that can cause the death of a person. This success and experience gives us an advantage as a wrongful death lawyer when we conduct a detailed investigation of the circumstances and develop a strategy designed to maximize the recovery for our clients. Many Wrongful Death claims are results of the following circumstances:
- Firearms accidents
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents (Tractor Trailer Trucks)
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Homicides/Negligent Security from the Property or Business Owner
- Building fires
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and fall incidents
- Drug overdoses
- Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
It is important for victims’ families to understand that civil liability can attach even when the negligent party did not actually intend to cause harm. Financial compensation may be available where death was caused by simple negligence, recklessness or carelessness.
Who is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Suit?
There are certain people eligible to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible person, business, insurance company or governmental entity. In Columbus, Georgia, family members eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit are spouses and children, and/or the mother and father of the deceased. If the deceased individual was not married, had no children and his or her parents are no longer alive, siblings and/or personal representatives may pursue the wrongful death action.
Under Georgia Wrongful Death Law
Broadly speaking, the goal of a wrongful death lawsuit is to compensate the family or dependents of the deceased individual and to repair the significant financial damage done to their future prospects by the untimely loss. This is far different than a criminal prosecution stemming from the death caused by another. The wrongful death case is to secure needed financial support, not to imprison the offending party.
Georgia law allows for family members to collect damages because of the wrongful death. In such a tragedy, monetary compensation can ease a family’s financial burdens, so they can focus on their own emotional recoveries.
Georgia law provides that wrongful death damages include:
- Funeral expenses and costs of burial;
- The reasonable value of the services, consortium, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support from the deceased;
- Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death; and possibly Punitive Damages designed to punish the at fault person for extreme carelessness.
Personally Meet With Attorney Mark Casto
Personal Attention and Support for Grieving Families
The Casto Law Firm offers personalized attention to our clients from the very beginning of the case. We understand the great financial uncertainties after the death of a loved one and we are aggressive advocates for your interests.
Why Should You Contact Us Today?
A Limited Amount of Time to File a Wrongful Death Case
In Georgia, the family generally has two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The Estate may have longer; however, early contact with a lawyer is best advised. Once this deadline has passed, families will have no legal recourse against the responsible party.
After fatal auto accidents or tractor trailer truck accidents, the responsible parties will attempt to evade accident liability. A wrongful death attorney must begin an independent investigation at soon as possible to preserve evidence. We will get accountability from the offending party.
Contact The Casto Law Firm today for a free consultation to discuss the best legal options to secure your family’s future.