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Steps for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim After a Fatal DUI Accident in Atlanta (Part A)

No car accident lawsuit settlement amount can fill the void left behind by the loss of a beloved spouse, parent, or child, and no apology, however heartfelt, will ever suffice for the tragic bereavement you’ve suffered. 

However, an Atlanta auto wreck attorney can facilitate the process of filing a wrongful death claim and suing the responsible parties for you so that you can get the time and space you need to cope with your loss without running the risk of being financially compromised as a result of someone else’s recklessness. 

Suing via a Wrongful Death Claim

A wrongful death claim may be filed by one of the surviving members of the decedent’s nuclear family – spouses, children, and on some occasions, parents. These claims are meant to financially compensate those loved ones affected by the decedent’s death for:  

  • medical expenses;
  • funeral costs;
  • pain and suffering; and
  • other such costs that were incurred through the injury and loss of life of your loved one.  

Before a wrongful death claim will even be considered by the courts, it must meet the following criteria, which your Atlanta auto wreck attorney can explain in further detail: 

  • a human life was lost;
  • the loss was caused by someone else’s negligence, in this case, through drunk driving;
  • the surviving family members incurred financial expenses as a result of the accident and resultant injury and death; and
  • a personal representative is appointed for the decedent’s estate for the purposes of suing the negligent party. 

 

Helping You Get the Car Accident Lawsuit Settlement Amount You Need
If you have lost a mother, father, child, or spouse to a drunk driver car accident in Atlanta, Georgia, or the outlying areas, reach out to an Atlanta auto wreck attorney who has experience handling DUI cases and wrongful death actions. You don’t have to go through this difficult time in your life without any support. Speak with an attorney today to work toward suing or getting a fair car accident lawsuit settlement amount.

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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia