Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorney
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of another, then you may be entitled to bring a wrongful death action against the defendant to secure compensation for the harm caused. These damages may be significant, depending on the nature of your relationship with the deceased.
Attorney Walter Gabriel has worked as both a prosecutor and a plaintiff’s attorney, giving him a keen sense of how to effectively litigate a challenging case. He is cognizant of the pressures faced by plaintiffs (particularly wrongful death claimants) and the importance of resolving matters quickly and successfully.
Contact the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC for comprehensive assistance.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims
In Georgia and Louisiana, as in every other state, the law gives certain family members the right to sue and recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one.
Many people do not quite understand the concept behind wrongful death claims. Wrongful death damages are not meant to compensate the deceased individual, but they are instead meant to compensate the surviving family members for the losses they suffered due to the death of their loved one.
Losses suffered by surviving family members can vary significantly, but they may include:
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of love, affection, and emotional support
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of domestic services
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- And more
Wrongful death claims have no basis without underlying misconduct, either in the form of negligence, recklessness, or intentional harm. For example, if your spouse is killed by a drunk driver, then that underlying misconduct could give rise to an actionable wrongful death claim. On the other hand, if your spouse dies in a solo car accident where nobody else appears to be at-fault, then there may not be a defendant against whom a wrongful death claim can be pursued.
Who is Eligible to Recover?
In Louisiana, only certain eligible parties are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation for such losses. Those eligible parties include:
- Spouse and children
- Parents (in the event that there is no living spouse or children)
- Siblings (in the event that there is no living spouse, children, or parents)
- Grandparents (in the event that there is no living spouse, children, parents, or siblings)
It is irrelevant whether the relation is by blood or adoption.
Contact an Experienced Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorney for a Free Consultation
The Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC is a personal injury litigation firm with substantial experience handling a wide range of disputes, including those that center around an individual’s wrongful death.
Wrongful death plaintiffs deserve legal representation that is comprehensive and compassionate. We understand that the impact of a loved one’s death may leave your family in a difficult position. It is not uncommon for the loss of a loved one to have financial and emotional ramifications that last for several years. Wrongful death damages can help to smooth over the material challenges. For example, if your spouse was paying for your living expenses, then a successful wrongful death lawsuit is likely to cover that loss.
Ready to speak to an attorney about your claim? Call 318-445-2121 or send us a message online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Alexandria wrongful death attorney at the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel, LLC.