If you have a family member who has recently died due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior of someone else, contact Atlanta wrongful death attorney André Dennis. At The Dennis Law Firm, we have extensive experience fighting for the rights of clients whose loved ones have lost their lives through catastrophic accidents or the otherwise negligent or wrongful acts of others. We can help you understand what your rights are, and we will compassionately and aggressively pursue justice on behalf of you and your family.We Understand First Hand How a Wrongful Death Can Affect You
Most of us go through life expecting that we will have the opportunity to grow older with our loved ones near us. Whether it is a spouse, a child, or a parent, we usually give no second thought to expressing ideas and plans that we can put off until “tomorrow” or “next year” or “someday” as we carry on with our busy daily lives. Even when someone close to us becomes seriously ill, we often still have time to assimilate and adjust to the new reality; we make the time to recognize and express how much that person means to us.
But when someone close to you is gone in an instant, the experience is devastating. And it is even more distressing and painful when you know that the death was avoidable—avoidable because the person who caused it was simply heedless of the safety and welfare of others, or acted with wrongful intent.
Founding principal attorney André Dennis knows exactly what the feeling is like: his own father was killed by a negligent driver. His first contact with the concept of “wrongful death” was through this experience, and through the insurance company’s subsequent attempts to offer him an unjust settlement. This inspired him to found The Dennis Law Firm, and to dedicate his practice to seeking justice for clients who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones due to the careless or wrongful conduct of others. Having been a victim of negligence himself, Mr. Dennis understands what you are going through, and approaches each and every case with the compassion and dedication of someone who has experienced the same kind of loss that you have.What is “Wrongful Death”?
Under Georgia law, “wrongful death” is a personal injury claim through which a close relative of someone who has died can recover damages if the death was caused by wrongful means. Claims typically arise in cases involving:
- Car accidents, truck accidents, or motorcycle accidents;
- Medical malpractice;
- Defective products; or
- Criminal misconduct, including murder, abuse, or gross neglect.
The plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit must show that:
- The death was caused by the defendant;
- The defendant’s conduct was intentional, reckless, or negligent;
- The plaintiff was closely related to the deceased, as specified by statute;
- The wrongful death caused the plaintiff to suffer monetary damages.
Damages are defined by statute as the “full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he lived.” As a practical matter, damages may include:
- Costs associated with the death, such as medical care and funeral costs;
- Loss of support and services, which not only includes lost income, but the value of lost services such as homecare and childcare;
- For spouses, children, and parents, loss of companionship and protection;
- Damages for pre-death pain and suffering.
If you have recently lost a spouse, parent, or child, we know how difficult it is to address the practical reality of your economic situation in the midst of your suffering. We also know that money damages can never come close to compensating you for the loss of someone you love. But it is only right that the party responsible for your suffering should not cause you the further distress of forcing you to cope, alone, with the expenses and responsibilities of your loved one’s passing, or that your spouse, parent, or child would have provided for you.
Wrongful death damages cannot heal your grief, but they can alleviate many of the most negative economic consequences that are brought about by the death of your loved one. When your family’s future well being may well depend upon pursuing and obtaining a damages award, you can be sure that the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at The Dennis Law Firm will fight to make sure your rights and your interests are fully protected. For a free consultation, contact us today online, or by calling (844) 913-4448. Your inquiry will receive prompt attention. We are here to help you determine the best way forward after the devastating loss you have suffered.