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3 questions to answer before you file a wrongful death claim

In the aftermath of losing a loved one, people can find themselves struggling with far more questions than answers. What happened? How do we move forward? Is someone going to be held responsible? What options do we have to secure some sense of closure and accountability?

One of the most effective ways to get these and other answers is to take legal action. Pursuing a wrongful death claim can ensure that a case is thoroughly investigated and that any parties who contributed to the death are held accountable. However, before you file a claim, you will need to consider a few more questions.

Was it a "wrongful death"?

Every death can feel wrong and unfair, but in the eyes of the law, a death must be caused by negligence or misconduct to be legally wrongful. In other words, in order to support a lawsuit, there must be evidence that someone intended to harm your loved one or acted in a careless way.

Who can file a wrongful death claim in Georgia?

Georgia laws are specific with regard to who can legally file a wrongful death claim. In order to bring action for wrongful death, you must be a spouse or parent, child or personal representative.

When did the death occur?

With some exceptions, you only have two years to file a wrongful death claim in Georgia. If you wait too long, the statute of limitations will prohibit you or anyone else from taking legal action.

Answering these and other questions in the aftermath of a fatal accident can be more complicated than you realize. Thankfully, you can work with an attorney who can help you find the answers you need and pursue a legal claim seeking damages you deserve.

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