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Why You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney.
Before considering what we can do to help you, please accept our condolences for your loss. There is no event worse than losing a loved one to death – and that loss is amplified when the death was caused by the negligence of another person or corporation who should have acted differently. When a wrongful death occurs, you and your family are under enormous pressure, both practical and legal, to do everything you can to protect yourself and make sure that there is is justice for the person killed. Mark Post and Mitch Ladson have the skills that you need in your time of crisis to your handle wrongful death case in the least painful way possible. In the end, it’s about getting the justice you want while helping your family find financial security to restore your peace of mind to the extent possible after tragedy.
One of the first things that must be addressed is – who can bring the claim? Georgia law specifically outlines the people that can bring a wrongful death claim. The rights of spouses, adult children, and minors must be addressed and protected. In the aftermath of a death, this kind of investigation is difficult as you deal with your life which has been forever changed. We know how to determine who can bring wrongful death claim, and how to make sure that estates are set up and actions taken so that you are legally protected and able to move forward.
Georgia law provides for two types of claims after a death, one is statutory for the “full value of life” of the person that died. The measure of a wrongful death claim is taken from the perspective of the person that died – that is, everything the deceased could have done and enjoyed during life. This is more than just money earned – it takes into account a person’s family life, professional life, and the things they loved to do and loved to give. No death claim is the same, and we will work with your family to fully understand your loss.
In addition to the statutory wrongful death claim, there is also a “survivorship” or “estate” claim that can be brought both for funeral expenses and for the conscious pain and suffering your loved one went through before death. This includes the physical and mental pain they suffered after a car wreck, a terrible slip and fall, a shooting injury, and the terror and anguish a person felt before death.
Mark Post has over 30 years of experience and Mitch Ladson has practiced for over 16 years. We handle the following types of wrongful death and personal injury cases:
- Auto Accidents and Tractor-Trailer Wrecks in Columbus/ Muscogee County, Albany/Dougherty County, Harris County, Chattahoochee County, Talbot County, Taylor County, Troup County, Fort Moore, GA, and all other locations in Georgia.
- Wrongful Death Trucking Accidents
- Georgia Motorcycle Accidents
- Injury by a DUI driver
- Dog Bites
- Serious Slip, Trip, and Falls
- Boating Accidents
- Driver Asleep or Texting Behind the Wheel
More often than not, compensation in wrongful death cases includes money for many different expenses you may not have considered:
- Burial, Cremation, or Funeral Costs
- Lost Benefits or Insurance
- Loss of Income and the Costs of Family Support (e.g., time off work, expenses to and from locations)
- Medical Costs and Emergency Expenses (these often can be recouped if they’re over a lengthy period of time)
- Mental Anguish, Depression, Anxiety, or the Loss of Companionship
- Pain and Suffering
Why Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney is The Right Decision
When you’re dealing with a catastrophe, your ability to think clearly may be seriously affected. It’s easy to become emotionally charged or withdrawn from the situation and find yourself digging out of a dark hole of debt and sadness. Wrongful death lawyers can stand in and speak for you, providing support and invaluable advice that’s unique to your situation when everything seems bleakest.
Because wrongful death cases are so severe and sudden, claims typically can arise from things that you might not have considered. Our professional wrongful death attorneys can prove negligence where you probably can’t- especially if it ultimately contributed to the death of your family member.
IF YOU’RE STILL UNSURE if your case is a wrongful death case or you’re afraid to seek legal representation because it’ll be too expensive, remember that your initial meeting with us is always free. We want to alleviate your fears and concerns in this difficult time and do what we can to help you make it through your suffering even if it is just answering your questions. When you come into our office for your first meeting with our skilled wrongful death attorneys, you’ll feel much better knowing that we’re in your corner. Give us a call at (706) 221-9371 or just stop by our office in Columbus, GA to schedule a consultation to see how we can help you. Mark Post and Mitch Ladson are licensed in Georgia and we cover any city or county in the State. We also practice in federal court.