Georgia Wrongful Death Lawyers

There is nothing more painful than losing a loved one as the result of an accident or injury that is caused by another’s careless conduct. Initial feelings of sadness and anger, however, eventually are overcome by the reality and expenses of carrying on with your family’s life. You may be facing expensive hospital bills, funeral costs or the prospect of paying for food, housing, education and other expenses without the support your loved one provided in the past.

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our wrongful death lawyers understand the emotional anguish and financial burdens that can result from losing a family member due to the negligence or recklessness of other individuals, professionals and companies. We believe they should be held fully responsible, and that your family should be fairly compensated for your losses. We want to help you.

If you have lost a family member to an accident, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation at one of our Northeast Georgia offices in Athens or Lake Oconee.

Legal Options for Surviving Family Members

A wrongful death case may arise from a variety of careless acts, including those involving:

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., we will thoroughly review your case and determine the options that are available to your family to recover compensation that you need to carry on with life. These options may include:

Survival: Under Georgia law, an action may be brought by a wrongful death victim’s family to secure damages the victim could have sought if they survived. This means that that the family can seek damages for the medical expenses, pain and suffering that a loved one endured from the time of the accident until the time of death.

Wrongful death action: Another option for Georgia families is a wrongful death action, which asserts economic injuries that the family, itself, has suffered as the result of another’s negligence or recklessness. For instance, the family may assert a claim for medical expenses and funeral costs as well as loss of financial support, education assistance and prospective inheritance. Punitive damages may also be claimed as part of a wrongful death lawsuit, which are aimed at punishing and deterring misconduct.

Although it may be difficult under the circumstances, it is important to not delay seeking legal assistance after losing a family member in an accident. Georgia’s statute of limitations bars most wrongful death actions from being brought more than two years after the victim’s death.

Although, there is an exception for certain medical malpractice claims, lawsuits asserting medical negligence cannot be brought – period – if five years pass from the date of the fatal injury, regardless of when the wrongful act was discovered. This is called a statute of repose.

Delivering Results for Wrongful Death Victims and Their Families

Through the hard work and dedication we give to each case, our Georgia wrongful death lawyers have been able to secure numerous successful results for our clients, including:

  • $3.5 million verdict against General Motors Corporation for a mother’s personal injury and her son’s wrongful death in a case involving vehicle instability and rollover claims.
  • $3 million combined settlement with a hospital and doctors for failing to adequately train for, prepare for and perform minimally invasive heart surgery, resulting in vessel disruption and death of two patients.
  • $2.8 million settlement with a hospital for violently restraining a patient in detoxification and smothering the patient to death.
  • $2.75 million settlement for injuries and death suffered by those involved in a trucking collision.
  • $2 million settlement with a hospital and physicians for the death of a three-year-old child as the result of surgery and post-operative complications.
  • $1.175 million settlement with a hospital and physicians for failure to diagnose a small bowel perforation, leading to sepsis (blood poisoning), multi-organ failure and death.
  • $1 million settlement with a physician for failing to diagnose a bacterial infection resulting in death.

We have found that families prefer settlements, which can provide timely closure to a painful episode in their lives. However, we are always prepared to take a case to court when a reasonable settlement cannot be reached. The key is that we focus on our client’s unique needs and goals, and we tailor our strategy to meet them.

Contact Our Georgia Wrongful Death Attorneys Today

Since 1984, the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., has assisted victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from across Georgia in the cities of Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Brunswick and Savannah, as well as Athens, Greensboro, Eatonton, Winder, Commerce, Covington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Elberton, Hartwell, Homer, Lexington, Crawford, Gainesville, Milledgeville, Winterville, Hull, Danielsville, Comer, Colbert, Watkinsville and Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Banks, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Stephens, Jasper, Jones, Baldwin, Hart, Elbert, Greene, Putnam, Columbia, Richmond, Newton, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties.  Our lawyers have also been involved in significant, complex nationwide litigation, and we have represented clients and tried cases in many other states across the country.

Our Georgia wrongful death attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have been recognized by Super Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, among others, for the quality of their legal skill and professional service.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of another, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to learn how we can help you and to receive a free consultation. We won’t simply refer your case to another law firm. We will listen to you, answer your questions and work with you to map out a path to legal relief.