Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorneys
Grieving the Unexpected Loss of a Loved One?
When someone is killed because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, the victim not only loses their life, but their family is also permanently deprived of their loved one. The overwhelming shock and emotional grief are then compounded by the financial burdens that come with a sudden loss, including the loss of income, the victim’s final medical bills, and funeral and burial expenses.
No family should ever be put in this unimaginably difficult financial position. Filing a wrongful death claim against the parties responsible cannot bring a loved one back, but it can relieve the unavoidable financial stresses that may be worsening the situation. A successful lawsuit will also help prevent the responsible parties from hurting other families in the same way.
At Cunningham Bounds, we have handled hundreds of these cases and are prepared to put our over 60 years of experience to work for you. Our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers have recovered billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. We understand how to successfully approach these cases and will make every effort to deliver the best possible outcome. Our team cares about our clients and can offer you the empathetic, personalized representation you need to get both peace of mind and justice.
When you choose Cunningham Bounds, you can expect:
- Personalized attention and support throughout the legal process
- Thorough investigation and preparation of your case
- Aggressive advocacy in negotiations and litigation
- Transparent communication and regular updates on your case
- Dedicated pursuit of maximum compensation for your family
Do I Have the Right to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Georgia?
If someone suffers fatal injuries in an accident, they will be unable to seek damages from the responsible party. In these scenarios, certain surviving loved ones of the victim have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit and seek damages on their behalf. Not all family members necessarily have the right to take this form of legal action, however.
In Georgia, the following parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased victim:
- A surviving spouse
- A surviving child
- A surviving parent
If there is no surviving spouse, child, or parent, the victim’s personal representative has the right to bring a claim. An individual can choose a personal representative in their will, but if the chosen personal representative is unavailable or there is no valid will, a judge will appoint a personal representative.
Still not sure whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim? Our Atlanta wrongful death attorneys can assess your circumstances and advise you of your options.
Do I Have a Wrongful Death Case?
If you do have the right to bring a claim, you may be wondering if you have a strong case. To successfully recover damages, you must be able to prove that the defendant’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing led to your loved one’s fatal injuries.
A person or entity is negligent under the law if they owed a duty of care to someone and violated that duty of care. For example, all drivers owe a duty of care to everyone else on the road, so driving recklessly or while intoxicated constitutes negligence and triggers liability for any harm caused.
Another helpful way to think about the strength of a wrongful death case is to consider whether the deceased victim could have successfully filed a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party had they survived. If so, surviving family members likely have a similarly strong case.
Damages in a Georgia Wrongful Death Case
In Georgia, the following damages can be sought in a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Full value of the life of the decedent, as shown by the evidence (O.C.G.A. § 51-4-2)
- Funeral, medical, and other necessary expenses resulting from the injury and death of the deceased person (O.C.G.A. § 51-4-5)
- Medical expenses, pain and suffering by the decedent, and other damages arising during the period between the decedent’s injury and subsequent death (O.C.G.A. § 9-2-41)
It's important to work with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. While no amount of money can ever truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, holding the responsible parties accountable can provide a sense of closure and justice.
At Cunningham Bounds, our wrongful death attorneys in Atlanta can explain your rights under the Georgia Wrongful Death Act, as well as your rights to compensation through an estate claim or survival action.
Seeking Justice After a Fatal Accident
Losing a loved one due to someone else's negligence or misconduct is a devastating experience. At Cunningham Bounds, our wrongful death lawyers in Atlanta, GA provide compassionate and effective representation for families seeking justice for their loved ones. We understand the emotional and financial toll of losing a family member, and we are committed to helping you pursue the compensation and accountability you deserve.
Our Atlanta wrongful death attorneys can assist with cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Property hazards
If you believe you have a wrongful death case, we encourage you to reach out to us for a confidential consultation. Our legal team will listen to your story, evaluate the circumstances of your loved one's death, and provide you with the guidance and support you need during this difficult time.
Get in Touch Today
Our team at Cunningham Bounds recognizes that your family is going through an exceptionally difficult time. We are here to help, and our goal is to get you the just compensation needed to cover the financial hardships created by the loss as well as hold the responsible party accountable.
Our Atlanta wrongful death lawyers can fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our firm’s detail- and results-oriented approach has helped us secure substantial verdicts and settlements for many families who have lost a loved one due to negligence or wrongdoing.
$140 Million Verdict for Wrongful Death of a Patient
The attorneys at Cunningham Bounds recovered a $140 million verdict for the wrongful death of patient due to medical transcription errors.
$65 Million Nursing Home Negligence
Cunningham Bounds achieved a wrongful death verdict in this nursing home negligence case.
$61.5 Million Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Cunningham Bounds obtained $61.5 million on behalf of a family who were killed due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
$50 Million Defective Water Heater Explosion
Cunningham Bounds obtained a $50 million verdict for the family of a man who suffered severe burns and died four days later after a natural-gas water heater exploded while he was trying to light the pilot light.
$14.8 Million Home Gas Explosion
Plaintiffs' decedent Michael Blanchard, 49, and his partner, plaintiff Fay Boroughs, a woman in her 40s, were renting a residence in Destin when a natural gas explosion ignited in the home's laundry room.
Throughout your case, our team will always be accessible, responsive, respectful, honest, and compassionate. Our clients can attest to our high level of service and the longstanding relationships we have forged with them.
We believe in giving back to our community. We provide pro bono (no cost) legal services to those in our community who can’t afford legal representation. We also support local charitable organizations by donating our time, money, and expertise.
Unlike most plaintiff law firms, we have our own appellate practice, which means we can stay involved in your case throughout the appeals process. We keep fighting until the case is over.
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