Nothing prepares you for the unexpected death of a loved one. When the death results from an accident that could have been prevented, it is that much more traumatic. A wrongful death claim may help the surviving family members recover compensation in these unfortunate circumstances.
At Virguez Law, we know that losing a loved one because of someone’s careless actions makes the death that much more tragic. That’s why our compassionate attorneys advocate for the families of loved ones lost due to wrongful deaths. We will fight tirelessly to win your case. During this uncertain time, you may have questions and not know where to begin when it comes to being awarded a settlement.
You may wonder how to find an attorney with experience in wrongful death cases or what types of wrongful death cases there are. Use this article as a guide to help you through the process. And know that if at any time you have questions or would like to speak to one of our licensed wrongful death attorneys, please call us at 678-300-0000.
WHAT IS WRONGFUL DEATH
In Georgia, wrongful death occurs when a person or entity’s negligence and carelessness cause a death. Wrongful death is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Many of these deaths are caused by the negligence of a third party.
WHO CAN FILE A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT
Each state determines who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Georgia, persons can file a wrongful death lawsuit according to the following order:
- the deceased’s surviving spouse
- if there is no surviving spouse, the deceased’s surviving child or children
- if no spouse or children survive, the deceased’s parent or parents, or
- if no spouse, children, or parents survive, the administrator or executor of the deceased person’s estate.
HOW TO FIND AN EXPERIENCED WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY
The most important thing you can do is find an attorney specializing in wrongful death cases. Not all attorneys are experienced in these types of cases. Wrongful death lawsuits are complicated, so be sure the attorney you choose has represented others with wrongful death cases and has positive outcomes for the client. Dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one is painful, and you may be tempted to choose an attorney quickly.
But researching qualified wrongful death attorneys will ensure you get the most favorable result. Start by doing an internet search for wrongful death attorneys. Read reviews. Examine attorney websites to ensure they specialize in this type of case.
Check Georgia’s State Bar Association website to see if there are any disciplinary actions against the attorney you are considering. Once you choose a couple attorneys, set up a consultation and meet with them to determine if they are a good fit.
SET UP A CONSULTATION WITH A WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY
Some wrongful death attorneys charge a fee for a consultation. Don’t choose an attorney simply because they offer a free consultation. Many wrongful death attorneys charge a fee for consultations because their time is valuable, and consultations take
time away from paying clients. During your consultation, ask questions such as:
- How much experience does the attorney have in wrongful death cases?
- How many of their clients were awarded damages?
- Does your attorney have a significant amount of trial experience?
- How long did the litigation last?
- How much will you get if you win the case?
- What are the biggest challenges you will face in this case?
UNDERSTAND THE ATTORNEY’S FEES
The amount an attorney charges varies. Some wrongful death attorneys charge an upfront fee or a retainer. Others charge hourly rates. And some wrongful death attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning they take fees only if they achieve a successful outcome for your case.
Be sure to ask questions and fully understand your attorney’s fee structure upfront so there’s no surprise.
COMPARE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE GATHERED
Once you have met with wrongful death attorneys, asked the appropriate questions, and understood their fees and agreements, you can decide which attorney is right for you. You should feel comfortable and at ease with the attorney you select. The attorneys at Virguez Law understand that you are going through a traumatic experience, and we will always treat you with compassion. If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation, please call our office at 678-300-0000.