South Georgia Wrongful Death Attorney

Why Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer?

Injuries and violence affect everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. For Americans 1 to 44 years of age, traumatic injuries are the number-one cause of death. In fact, people in that age group are more likely to die from an injury—such as a motor vehicle crash, fall, or homicide—than from any other cause, including cancer, HIV, or the flu, according to the Center for Disease Control.

More than 180,000 people die from injuries each year — 1 person every 3 minutes and seat belts saved an estimated 255,000 lives between 1975 and 2008.

Long after a fatal accident, families feel the loss of a loved one who died because of the negligence or acts of others. Having lost loved ones of our own and practicing law in these areas for well over a decade, our lawyers are cognizant of the pain felt by survivors and offer compassionate representation in wrongful death litigation.

Wrongful death claims may arise from any accident or intentional act — fatal car crashes, death by hospital malpractice, dangerous premises, defective products, aircraft accidents. We employ a full-time private investigator and consult with a nationwide network of medical experts, accident reconstruction engineers, human factor experts and other professionals who can testify to the cause of the fatal injury.


Automobile Accident

$2.6 Million Jury Verdict against Volusia County. Trial televised on Good Morning America

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Personal Injury

$2.6 Million Verdict against Volusia County, televised on Good Morning America.

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Medical Malpractice

Confidential settlement of over 100 cases against a pediatric dentist who faces prosecution for fraud based on abuse of children.

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While statistics from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) paint a grim picture, what is even more alarming is that nearly a significant amount of all wrongful deaths that occur each year happen within the state of Georgia .

Each year, numerous victims lose their lives as the result of other people’s actions, while their family and friends are left heartbroken and left to deal with the devastating ramifications that often result. Among the most common types of wrongful death cases reported by the CDC are the following:  

  • Deaths Due to Car, Truck, And Motorcycle Accidents: While road, traffic, and weather conditions may be contributing factors in some accident, the majority are the result of dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is often a contributing factor in these accidents.
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents Deaths: Sadly, Georgia has a high percentage of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Thousands of walkers and bicyclists suffer serious and potentially life threatening injuries each year in our state, while many others die as the result of their injuries.  
  • Deaths Resulting from Premises Liability Accidents: These types of accidents often involve slips, trips, or falls, being struck by or against an object, or being the victim of a fire or toxic chemicals. They can occur in residential settings, as well as in public places, such as stores, restaurants, office buildings, hotels, and amusement parks. While often considered as ‘accidental’ in nature, they are generally the result of someone else’s negligence.
  • Deaths Resulting from Dangerous and Defective Products: Manufacturers, designers, and sellers can all be held accountable for injuries and deaths that result from dangerous and defective products.  
  • Deaths Due To Medical Malpractice Errors And Mistakes: According to a May 2016 Washington Post report on medical errors and mistakes, medical malpractice in now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. These cases often involve surgical errors, medication errors, misdiagnosis, and defective medical devices, as well as negligence on the part of hospital or nursing home staff resulting in life threatening patient injuries and infections.
  • Drowning, Recreation and Sports Related Deaths: In Georgia, drowning accidents are unfortunately common, particularly among children. In addition, the CDC advises that   recreational and sports related injuries continue to be a hazard as the result of improper safety equipment, lack of warning, or inadequate coaching staff and supervision.  
  • Deaths Caused by Work-Related Injuries And Illnesses: On-the-job accidents and injuries are unfortunately common occurrence, and can occur in any type of job or occupation. For surviving family members, these deaths can be particularly difficult, as they often impact the family’s current and future financial security.

Causes of Wrongful Death Claims

Under state law, a wrongful death claim can arise out of any of the following causes:

  1. Wrongful, intentional acts: These include acts of violence, such as domestic abuse or assault, as well as situations involving vehicular homicide, such as drunk driving A claim may be filed in these types of cases regardless of whether official police charges were filed in the case.
  2. Negligent acts: These include situations in which someone acted in a reckless or negligent manner, or failed to act in a way that could have prevented injuries, such as not following routine traffic regulations, failing to take safety precautions to protect customers or clients, or failing to post warnings of potentially dangerous conditions that exist on the property.
  3. Breach of contract or warranty: These include situations involving products and devices that result in the user’s death, either due to defects in the design or manufacture of the product, failing to provide the proper safety instructions, or selling a product that has been recalled.  

In this type of legal action, your wrongful death attorney will work to gather evidence needed to prove three things:

  1. That one of the above was ultimately responsible for causing your loved one’s death;
  2. That you and your family have current and future financial losses as the result of their death;
  3. That you and your family are the ones who have suffered these losses, entitling you to compensation through a wrongful death claim.

Important Steps To Take After A Wrongful Death Occurs

In the aftermath of a friend or family member’s passing, it can be difficult for heartbroken survivors to know what to do or where to turn for help.  At the same time, the steps you take now could have an impact in terms of getting justice for your loved one through a wrongful death claim. Important steps to take on behalf of your loved one after a death that was caused by either accidental, negligent, or intentional causes include the following:

  • Make detailed notes of the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death, and the people, products, or companies involved;
  • Keep records of any medical reports or statements, as well as any bills or receipts for care that was provided.
  • Find and gather any insurance documents they may have had, and notify your insurance representative immediately;
  • If you are contacted by an insurance company representative for the at fault party, use extreme caution in making any statements or signing any settlement offers.

Unfortunately, insurance companies have a financial motive in downplaying or denying claims, and will often use any information they can get against you.

We Are Prepared to assist You

While no amount of money can make up for the death of a loved one, the Law Offices of John M. Phillips can help get them the justice they deserve, while assisting you in getting the compensation your family needs to recover. Contact our wrongful death attorneys today to get the compassionate, professional legal representation you need at a time like this. We can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable, while ensuring your rights and interests are protected.


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