Dekalb County Wrongful Death

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     In Dekalb County, Georgia, there have been roughly 70 deaths every year that are caused by motor vehicle accidents.  Even if you are a cautious driver who abides by all the rules and regulations, the sheer number of cars driving on roads, such as LaVista Road, Johnson Ferry Road, and Interstate 85, makes Dekalb County as one of the riskiest counties to drive in the state of Georgia.  If someone you love has passed away in a car accident, contacting Dekalb County wrongful death attorney Charles Scholle is the next step.

     Though many wrongful deaths result car and other motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death can also be caused by use of defective products, construction accidents, and medical malpractice eventually resulting in death.

     By filing a wrongful death claim, the person filing is asserting that the decedent was killed as a result of the negligence of another party, and that the decedent's surviving loved ones have suffered financially because of the loss.  In Georgia, those entitled to financial compensation are referred to as the distributees, and are usually either the spouse or the children of the deceased adult.  In fact, spouses of the deceased are generally given a third of the full recovery amount of a wrongful death lawsuit.  However, in cases where the departed individual is not survived by spouses, children, or parents, then that person’s estate then becomes eligible to recover compensation.  Monetary funds for medical expenses to treat personal injuries, like burn injury, can also be recovered through actions for personal injury, conscious pain and suffering, or expenses incurred prior to the decedent's death.

     It should also be noted that the personal representative of the decedent’s estate is the only person who may bring a suit for wrongful death.  Although there is no way for another person to fully comprehend the extent of what you are going through when you lose a loved one in an accident, there is help.  Contact Scholle Law today to discuss your case and protect your legal rights.