Fried Goldberg Wrongful Death Verdicts and Settlements
We work hard to ensure each of our clients obtains the verdict or settlement they are rightly entitled to. When it comes to results, our track record speaks for itself. Below are a few examples of outstanding settlements we’ve won for our clients:
$31 Million – Wrongful Death Truck Accident
Our team returned an award of $31 million for a North Carolina case involving an adult and two children who were killed when a tractor-trailer rear-ended their vehicle.
$19 Million – Wrongful Death Truck Accident
We recovered $19 million in a case involving an adult and two children in a truck accident in Arizona.
$10 Million – Wrongful Death Car Accident Case
Our lawyers obtained $10 million for our client in a case where two adults and a child were struck and killed in a car crash in Georgia.
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The unexpected death of a family member is one of the most painful and difficult experiences a family could ever have to endure. In addition to coping with the loss of a loved one, the family often faces mounting bills and expenses, as well as a significant loss of income. These factors can make the entire situation challenging to deal with.
At Fried Goldberg, we assign an experienced lawyer to your case to help you preserve your family’s stability and well-being during this difficult time. Our team is known for our outstanding track record in obtaining maximum compensation clients. We have worked intensively with clients on wrongful death claims and understand the deeply emotional nature of such cases.
You can rest assured knowing a qualified Atlanta wrongful death lawyer is skillfully handling your case competently when you work with Fried Goldberg. This allows you and your family to focus your time and energy on healing and moving forward with your lives. Contact us at (877) 591-1801 to speak with an attorney who can help get you started toward recovery.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is a type of personal injury claim that arises from injuries that cause a person’s death. Any type of fatality caused by the unlawful or negligent acts of another can result in a wrongful death filing. Car accidents and commercial truck accidents are common causes of wrongful death incidents.
Wrongful death lawsuits are unique in that the person harmed is no longer alive to file the case. As a result, it is the deceased person’s estate that files a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. The recipients of the damages award are the person’s survivors, usually their close family. Wrongful death lawsuits are civil suits filed against the negligent party, independent of any criminal charges.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for losses such as:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Loss of income and benefits (especially if the deceased person was the family breadwinner)
In addition, if the negligent party’s actions were malicious, reckless, or criminal in nature, the family may be awarded punitive damages, which are designed to punish the negligent party. Examples of this include cases where a truck driver grossly disregarded road rules by operating their truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
An Atlanta wrongful death lawyer from Fried Goldberg LLC can evaluate your particular case and discuss how much compensation you and your loved ones are entitled to.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Suit?
The law limits the amount of time you have to bring legal action against the party responsible for your loved one’s death. If you fail to file your lawsuit before the filing deadline has passed, the court could bar you from seeking compensation for your case.
This filing deadline is known as the “statute of limitations” and can differ from state to state. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in Georgia is two years from the date of the deceased person’s death. Once the two years have passed, you can no longer file a wrongful death lawsuit.
As such, it is crucial that you contact a lawyer to get the process started as soon as you believe you have a claim. At Fried Goldberg, we will see to it that we handle your case in a timely fashion.
Contact an Atlanta Wrongful Death Lawyer
If your family has lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to damages for your losses. At Fried Goldberg, we understand the needs of those who have been affected by tragic losses.
To speak with an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer, please contact Fried Goldberg today at (877) 591-1801. Our experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated attorneys are here to guide you through your case and prepare all the necessary paperwork to help you pursue justice.
Wrongful Death FAQs
How do you prove wrongful death?
In order to prove wrongful death, you must be able to prove the following elements:
- A person’s negligence or intentional action caused the death of another
- Surviving family members have suffered measurable losses as a result of the death
- A person has been appointed to be a representative for the deceased person’s estate
These factors can be complex and difficult to prove, especially when it comes to calculating losses. A qualified Atlanta wrongful death lawyer can assist in documenting proof for the case and gather the evidence needed in support of the arguments.
How are wrongful death settlements paid out to surviving family members?
Like most other types of settlements, a wrongful death settlement may be paid out through a lump-sum damages award or a structured settlement. A lump-sum award gives the surviving family immediate financial support to cover urgent expenses.
In contrast, a structured settlement involves payments made in smaller increments spread out over time. This can provide the surviving family members with consistent resources for long-term expenses, though they may have less flexibility in the beginning.
The choice of payment depends on many elements, including the surviving family’s needs. The settlement amount will also depend on each individual case, as well as the attorney’s skill in arguing or negotiating for the proper amount.
How are wrongful death proceeds divided among recipients?
Distribution of the settlement proceeds from a wrongful death case may often happen in a way similar to the distribution of assets through a will. That is, immediate family members and the spouse usually take priority in receiving benefits; this is followed by more distantly-related relatives mentioned in the suit.
Each case will be different, and of course, the family has the right to distribute settlement amounts specifically as they choose. For instance, they might decide to divide the damages into equal portions.
About how long does a wrongful death lawsuit take to resolve?
A wrongful death lawsuit can take anywhere from a year to several years to resolve completely. Certain cases, however, can settle within months, especially for lawsuits where the evidence is clear. Working with skilled wrongful death attorneys can help expedite the process, as they will have the experience and resources to keep the case moving forward.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be complicated and may involve many different parties. To learn more about your legal options, contact a wrongful death lawyer at Fried Goldberg at (877) 591-1801 for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your case.
The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 75% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
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The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 95% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
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Our experienced attorneys have represented individuals who have been seriously injured. We are proud of the outstanding reputation we have within our industry and our track record of success, which sets us apart. In particular, we have recovered a total of nearly $350 million for our clients in the state of Georgia.