Chattanooga Wrongful Death Attorneys

Representing Families in Tennessee, Georgia & Alabama

When an accident leads to fatal injuries, family members and loved ones will be forced to deal with immeasurable emotional and personal losses in addition to devastating financial consequences. In situations where the death was caused by the negligence or carelessness of someone else, families of the deceased can take legal action to seek compensation and hold responsible parties accountable. 

Our Chattanooga wrongful death lawyers have nearly a century of collective legal experience and are prepared to help your family seek justice. Our team at The Hamilton Firm will fully investigate all aspects of the fatal incident to ascertain liability and build a strong claim. 

With over $100 million recovered in settlements and verdicts, we have what it takes to win these cases, and we will always strive to obtain the maximum recovery possible. We make it our mission to provide aggressive yet compassionate legal representation to families placed in these unthinkable situations, and you will have the full attention and support of our attorneys from beginning to end. 

We are prepared to take on wrongful death cases in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. You owe our firm nothing unless we win your case, so call (423) 454-3288 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation today.

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What Is Wrongful Death?

“Wrongful death” refers to the avoidable death of an individual caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing of another person or organization. Because the victim cannot seek damages through a personal injury claim, qualifying parties have the right to bring a wrongful death claim on their behalf. 

If you are not sure whether you or your family has grounds for a wrongful death claim, we encourage you to reach out to our team at The Hamilton Firm. Our Chattanooga wrongful death attorneys can assess your situation and walk you through your legal rights and options.

Types of Accidents Leading to Wrongful Death Claims

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Not all family members and loved ones of a wrongful death victim have the right to take legal action. Each state enforces laws governing who can initiate a claim. If you are not sure whether you have the right to file a lawsuit, get in touch with our Chattanooga wrongful death lawyers. We can quickly determine whether you have standing, and, if you do not, advise who does. 

Wrongful Death Claim Rights in Tennessee

In Tennessee, the victim’s closest surviving relative has the exclusive right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This may be the victim’s surviving spouse, child, or parent. If there are no surviving relatives available to pursue the claim, the personal representative of the victim’s estate (decided by the victim’s will or the court if there is no valid will) can bring a claim.

Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Georgia

In Georgia, the wrongful death victim’s surviving spouse, parent, and children all have the right to take legal action. Again, if no qualifying surviving relative exists, the personal representative of the victim’s estate can file a lawsuit.

Alabama's Approach to Wrongful Death Claims

In Alabama, only the personal representative of the victim’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit if the victim was an adult at the time of their passing. If the victim was a minor when they died, their parents have a six-month window to bring a wrongful death claim, after which the exclusive right to take legal action reverts to the personal representative. 

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in the Southeast

The time limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit will depend on where the victim passed away, as the deadlines vary by state.

Deadlines for Wrongful Death Lawsuits by State

  • Tennessee: One year of the death
  • Georgia: Two years of the death
  • Alabama: Two years of the death

It is important to note that, no matter the state, the pertinent deadline is tied to the date the victim passes away, not the date of the incident that caused fatal injuries. In other words, if someone suffers catastrophic injuries but does not die until weeks later, the clock does not start ticking until they pass away. 

If the cause of death is not immediately apparent, the relevant deadline may also be tied to the date the negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing was discovered (or reasonably should have been discovered).

Recoverable Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

No level of compensation can replace a lost loved one. Holding responsible parties accountable for their actions is important, however, as is getting the compensation you need to cover the losses that unavoidably come with the unexpected death of a family member. The exact damages you can potentially recover varies by state, but, generally, you can seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages suffered by the victim as well as their survivors.

Compensation for Wrongful Death: What Families Can Claim

  • Your loved one’s final medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Your loved one’s pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish sustained by you and other survivors
  • Lost wages and earning potential
  • Loss of consortium and companionship

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer?

Worried about the cost of hiring an attorney? At The Hamilton Firm, our wrongful death lawyers in Chattanooga work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won't pay anything upfront or out-of-pocket. We only charge a fee for our services if we are able to recover compensation on your behalf – which would be a percentage of the compensation awarded in your case. 

Your initial consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose by giving us a call today.

Contact The Hamilton Firm Now for Compassionate Wrongful Death Representation(423) 454-3288 or reach out online if your loved one died due to another person’s or entity’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing.

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