Advocating For The Families Left Behind

Every fatal injury case is different. One thing they have in common, however, is the need for experienced legal representation.

If you lost a loved one due to someone else's wrongdoing, turn to me, attorney Steven L. Morgan. From my Brunswick office, I service all of Glynn County and the surrounding areas of Georgia. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have about bringing a wrongful death action and pursuing the justice your family deserves.

What Exactly Is A Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim is a civil case that arises from a fatality involving negligent, reckless, intentional or criminal acts of another, including a corporation or other business entity. Since the person who died isn't available to pursue the claim, it has to be brought by his or her spouse, children, parents or estate.

Because these cases are so complex, a thorough evaluation of liability and damages should be made by an experienced lawyer. If your deceased family member had a will, it's best to obtain it, hold onto it and await further instructions about what to do with it. Different family members might be beneficiaries under the wrongful death and estate counts of a lawsuit, so it's important to determine who the legal beneficiaries are. If there isn't a will, Georgia law designates the beneficiaries.

How Long Do We Have To File A Claim?

The general rule under Georgia law is that the claim must be brought within two years of the death. However, if your loved one survived the initial accident but eventually died from his or her injuries, the statute of limitations is calculated from the date of the accident. Some limited exceptions to this rule exist, so it's best to consult with an experienced lawyer.

How Much Money Will Our Family Receive?

A family can usually claim money damages for both the monetary value and the intangible value of the deceased person's life. These might be in the form of lost earnings and loss of care or companionship. The estate might also claim medical, funeral and burial expenses and the victim's pain and suffering during his or her final days.

Get More Answers In A Free Consultation

Any questions about a wrongful death case can be directed to my office, Steven L. Morgan, P.C. I'm very accessible, so you can call me at 912-289-0640, or you can use my online contact form. The initial consultation is free.