Tifton Wrongful Death Lawyer
Have you recently lost a family member in a fatal accident in Tifton, Georgia? Contact The King Firm for immediate legal assistance at (229) 386-1376. Your family might have the right to recover compensation for your devastating loss, and our Tifton wrongful death lawyer is here to help you get all of the money you deserve.
Attorney J.L. King, II is a former insurance defense attorney and one of the most experienced civil trial attorneys in the state of Georgia. He’s helped his clients recover tens of millions of dollars in life-changing settlements and jury awards.
When you’re faced with the traumatic and avoidable loss of a loved one, he’ll be there to help you make things right. Contact our Tifton, GA law office to get started with a free consultation today.
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How The King Firm Can Help After a Fatal Accident in Tifton, GA
Even if it seems like you have an open and shut case for damages, it can be more challenging than you might think to recover compensation. And now is the time for you to focus on grieving and figuring out how to move forward, not fight an insurance company.
Our Tifton injury lawyers are ready to take on the fight for you.
When you choose The King Firm, you’ll benefit from the knowledge of an attorney who spent years defending insurance companies. With extensive experience on both sides of insurance disputes, attorney King is uniquely positioned to help you win your case and maximize your recovery.
Our Tifton, GA law firm will handle every aspect of your wrongful death case from start to finish:
- Investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s fatal accident
- Determine why it happened and how it could have been avoided
- Gather and review pieces of evidence, including accident reports, medical records, expert testimony, eye-witness reports, and photographs
- Defend your family member against victim-blaming tactics that could hurt your case for damages
- Negotiate with responsible parties and their insurance carriers on your behalf
If settlement talks aren’t successful, attorney King will be more than prepared to bring your case to a Tift County jury. His winning reputation in the courtroom is well known, which is a huge asset to you when he handles your case.
What is Wrongful Death?
In Georgia, wrongful death is a death that’s the result of criminal conduct (e.g., murder, manslaughter) or negligence (e.g., motor vehicle accidents).
The victim’s death is entirely avoidable. In Georgia, surviving family members have the right to file survival actions and/or wrongful death lawsuits.
What’s the Difference Between a Survival Action and Wrongful Death?
Survival actions are intended to compensate the victim for injuries and losses suffered before they died from their trauma-related injuries.
Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to compensate the victim’s family for their own personal losses and suffering after a deadly accident.
For survival actions, victims must survive their injuries for at least some period of time. Wrongful death lawsuits can move forward even in situations when an accident results in instant death.
We Handle All Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Tifton
While money will never make up for your unimaginable loss, it can help to offset the high financial costs you may experience.
It can also give you a sense of closure or justice.
That is why The King Firm is ready to help you after any type of fatal accident in Tifton.
We represent clients in wrongful death actions related to:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bites
- Negligent security
- Premises liability matters
- Defective or dangerous products
Don’t hesitate to call our wrongful death lawyers in Tifton for help after a fatal accident. Our team is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What Family Members Can Bring a Wrongful Death Action in Georgia?
Not just anyone can file a wrongful death claim in Tifton. For this right, you must be the victim’s surviving spouse, child, or parent.
Parents are only eligible to file a claim if the victim has no surviving spouse or children.
If there is no surviving spouse, child, or parent, then the personal representative handling the victim’s estate may have the right to bring a claim.
How Much Money Can Families Get After a Fatal Accident in Georgia?
There are certain factors that will be relevant in every case.
- How old was the victim when they died?
- What was their projected life expectancy?
- How much did they financially support their surviving family members?
- What was their earning potential?
- What kind of services did they contribute around the home?
- Did their own negligence contribute to their wrongful death?
The greater the impact of a victim’s loss, the more a case is likely to be worth.
It’s important to speak with a qualified attorney about the details of your individual case. Contact The King Firm to arrange a time for a free, confidential case evaluation today.
What Damages Are Available in a Georgia Wrongful Death Case?
Unlike other types of personal injury cases, there are limitations on what damages can be awarded in wrongful death lawsuits.
In Georgia, families may be entitled to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills for care provided before their family member’s death
- The cost of a burial and funeral expenses
- Loss of financial support – including wages, income, and benefits
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of household services
- Loss of parental guidance
If there’s evidence that the fatal accident was the result of willful misconduct or conscious indifference to the victim’s life, punitive damages might also be awarded. This might be applicable in cases involving homicide or drunk driving.
How Are Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Allocated?
When there’s more than one surviving family member, damages awarded in a wrongful death action will be shared.
- Spouse and Children: One-third of the award goes to the spouse, and the children split the remaining two-thirds equally. If a child has already passed, their share of the award will go to their children (if applicable).
- Parents: When parents bring a claim, they share in the award equally.
Any money awarded to a minor child goes to that child’s parent or guardian. The money is held in trust and must be used for the benefit of the child. Once the child turns 18, it’s theirs to use.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Georgia?
The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in the state of Georgia is two years. The clock on the deadline begins to run the moment the victim dies.
This might not be the same date as the fatal accident. If they survive their injuries for a few weeks and then die, the statute of limitations would begin to run then.
Don’t let time go by without taking action. You will give up the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and demand financial justice for your family member’s death. Contact The King Firm and have an experienced Tifton wrongful death attorney help you navigate this difficult time.
What Happens If the Victim is Being Blamed For a Fatal Accident in Tifton?
Your loved one isn’t around to defend themselves. An insurance company or at-fault party might try to take advantage of this and start pointing fingers. Georgia has a modified comparative negligence rule with a 50 percent bar to recovery.
Damages are prohibited once it’s established that a victim is mostly responsible or shares equal responsibility for their fatal accident.
You can still recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit as long as liability doesn’t exceed 49 percent. So, it’s important to fight back if other parties are trying to blame your loved one for the accident or their death.
As your legal representative, attorney J.L. King, II will be ready to fight to protect your case (and your loved one’s reputation) every step of the way.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Tifton Wrongful Death Lawyer
Following the unexpected and devastating loss of a family member, it’s important to know your legal rights. You may have the right to recover compensation for your financial losses and distress. However, those responsible for your tragic loss (and their insurance providers) won’t make things easy for you.
In order to win your case and get the financial recovery you deserve, it’s important to ask for help.
Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Tifton wrongful death lawyer at The King Firm. Award-winning attorney J.L. King, II, knows how insurance companies operate. As one of the most successful trial attorneys in Georgia, he’s the kind of ally you’ll want in your corner.
Contact our law office in Tifton, Georgia, to learn more. Your first case evaluation is 100 percent free, and there’s no obligation, so call now.