Wrongful Death Due to Violence
When you think of a wrongful death claim, you might think of cases stemming from car accidents, falls, or other fatal accidents. However, wrongful death laws also cover intentional wrongdoing and criminal acts. This means that if violence leads to the death of your loved one, you have the right to seek compensation and justice for their wrongful death.
What About a Criminal Case?
After a violent death, the focus is often immediately on a criminal investigation. Law enforcement should seek out the offender and arrest them, and criminal charges can be issued by the prosecutor. Some criminal charges that offenders might face after fatal violence in Georgia include:
- Vehicular homicide
- Involuntary manslaughter
- Voluntary manslaughter
All of these are serious felony charges, and a conviction can result in years – or life – in prison. Many people mistakenly believe that the criminal case will also take care of the surviving family members of the deceased victim, but this is often not the case.
While a long prison sentence might serve justice to punish the offender, it often does little to compensate close family members for their losses, which can include emotional, financial, and practical losses. In order to seek this compensation, qualified family members must file a wrongful death claim in civil court.
It is important to remember that even if someone is not convicted of homicide, a wrongful death claim can still be successful. One of the most well-known wrongful death cases was against O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of murder but found liable for wrongful death.
Consult with a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Atlanta
At the office of Ben F. Windham, PC, our Atlanta wrongful death attorneys handle claims stemming from accidental and criminal fatalities. We are committed to standing up for the rights of your family in this difficult time, so please contact us online or call 833.236.9467 for a free case evaluation today.