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Amber is heaven sent!! Amber and her team worked very hard on my case!! They checked on me while I had my weekly doctor visits. They were very detailed with my settlement. I didn’t have to second guess anything. I would recommend her to anybody who is in a car accident !! I’ve even referred my love ones who also needed her to represent them in an accident. She made my process as painless as possible. I wish I could give her 10 stars!!

Jeannette A., Client

I was referred to Amber by my daughter-in-law. I was involved in two rear end collisions in a three month period. She did an excellent job keeping me informed and explained everything to me, in a manner that I could understand. She followed through with me until I had my settlements.

Shirley H., Client

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I have had attorneys in the past that does not compare to Attorney Amber Gilormo. She handle all of my concerns and answered all of my questions in a timely manner, I never had to guess what was happening with my case I was always informed and kept to to date.

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Atlanta Automobile Accident Lawyers
Helping Families of Fatal Accidents

Many of the car accident cases that we handle involve people who are seriously injured but will go on to live full lives. Unfortunately, some car accidents result in death. Fatal car accident cases are complex, and you need an experienced team of Atlanta automobile accident lawyers to fight for your rights with offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta, and Cumming for your convenience.  

Claims for When You Have Lost a Loved One in a Fatal Car Accident

When someone dies in a fatal car accident, it typically gives rise to what is referred to as a “wrongful death” lawsuit. In these cases, you, as the plaintiff, are seeking compensation related to the death of a loved one that was caused by the other driver’s negligence. Wrongful death claims have much in common with personal injury lawsuits but also have some important differences.

In some accidents, the victim dies at the scene, but it is also common for car accident victims to die sometime later after they have succumbed to their injuries. This is an important distinction because Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations that applies as follows:

  • You have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit;
  • You have two years from the date the victim died to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

If the victim is expected to die in the following months, waiting to file suit could jeopardize a potential personal injury claim. In either event, we recommend that you pursue a claim as soon as possible. Our Atlanta automobile accident lawyers can help you plan an effective strategy for getting the compensation you deserve.

Our Atlanta Automobile Accident Lawyers Can Determine What A Fatal Car Accident Claim is Worth

In Georgia, surviving family members have two claims that can be filed with the court: a wrongful death claim and an estate claim.

About Wrong Death Claims in Georgia

Under Georgia law, you are entitled to seek compensation “full value” of the victim’s life as part of your wrongful death claim. As a result, you can seek compensation for the following:

  • The victim’s total expected income over their lifetime
  • Expected income from any investment accounts, retirement accounts, or pensions
  • The value of any care and companionship they would have provided to their family 

Determining what your loved one would have made over the course of their lifetime, what their investment income would be is a complex economic calculation. In addition, you need to consider the value of their care – for example, what will it cost to get additional child care for your children. Finally, you are entitled to be compensated for your loss of companionship, but it can be difficult to determine what that value should be. Our experienced Atlanta automobile accident lawyers can provide you with an estimate of what your claim may be worth. 

If the victim is a child, you may not be able to claim their future income or investment income. However, the loss of companionship for a parent could be significant, and therefore the value of this portion of your claim could be higher than if the victim were an adult loved one. 

About Estate Claims in Georgia

In an estate claim, a family is entitled to seek any burial and funeral expenses as part of your claim. If the victim did not die in the car accident immediately, then you can also seek compensation for any medical expenses incurred and the pain and suffering they may have experienced prior to death. 


Fatal Car Accident FAQs

  Who Can Pursue a Fatal Automobile Accident Claim in Georgia? Read More

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, it’s important to understand that only certain people can pursue a wrongful death claim. Generally speaking, only those who are “next of kin” are entitled to seek compensation for the loss of their loved ones:

  • If the victim was married, only the surviving spouse can pursue a wrongful death claim. The surviving spouse must also represent the interests of any surviving minor children.
  • If there is no surviving spouse, then only the surviving children can pursue a wrongful death claim. If the children are minors, a legal representative can act on their behalf.
  • If there is no surviving spouse or children, the right to pursue the wrongful death claim passes to the victim’s parents.
  • If there are no surviving parents, children, or spouse, then only the victim’s estate can pursue the claim.

If the victim has had more than one spouse and a blended family, the situation can become more complicated. Our Atlanta automobile accident lawyers have experience handling wrongful death claims and can help you navigate these issues.

  What are the Legal Options When a Child Dies in a Car Wreck? Read More

Tragically, fatal car accidents often involve the death of a child. These cases require special consideration, as Georgia law also limits who can pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the child:

  • If the parents are married, then both parents can pursue the wrongful death claim.
  • If one parent has died, the surviving parent has the sole right to pursue the wrongful death claim.
  • If the parents are divorced, legally separated, or living apart, each parent has the right to pursue the claim. One parent can pursue the claim on behalf of both parents if the other parent cannot be located or refuses to participate.
  • Both parents have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim even if the child was born out of wedlock.

The case becomes even more complex if one or both parents died in the accident along with the child. Again, an experienced Atlanta automobile accident lawyer will know how to pursue the claim while avoiding the pitfalls.

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Contact the Atlanta Automobile Accident Lawyers at Gilormo Injury Law

Losing a loved one in a fatal car accident is an unspeakable tragedy for you and your family. Our Atlanta automobile accident lawyers know how important it is to get fair compensation – your future depends on it. We serve clients in all of Greater Atlanta, including Alpharetta, and Cumming.  To discuss your case and how we can help,

Contact us today at 770-343-7101 to schedule a free consultation.

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