As Atlanta DUI injury lawyers, we have seen family members get stuck in a state of denial when they have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident. Denial can happen when you learn about the death of someone close to you. Sometimes the body and brain cannot handle the full impact of the situation, and it may fight the message off or ignore the bad news.
When the trauma is so severe that the news is too overwhelming to process, your body may go into shock. You may want to run away or escape from the pain, so you may shut it out. When this happens, you could experience numbness. You may be going through the motions of getting up and going to work because it is routine. While some people may think you are strong, you may just be going through the motions and trying to get by.
This is a normal reaction to an unanticipated death of your loved one. However, it is important that you are not stuck in that state for too long. Eventually, you will need to deal with your grief and the reality of loosing someone you love.
Additionally, it is critical to your Georgia wrongful death case that you pursue a claim before the statute of limitations expires. If you do not pursue a claim against the driver who killed your family member within a certain amount of time, then you may be barred from ever pursuing one. Under Georgia law, there are different statute of limitations periods. Some cases may be as short as one year, but family members generally have two years from the date of death to bring a wrongful death claim.
For more information about filing a wrongful death suit after losing your loved one to a negligent drunk driver, please call a caring Georgia DUI victim attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. You can schedule a free consultation by calling 770-HURT-999 or (866) 979-1629. As our way of introducing the firm, we will offer you a complimentary copy of our book, I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? The Guide for Victims of Georgia Drunk Driving Accidents.