“Heartbreaking” is the only word that can come close to describing what happened in suburban Clayton County last month. According to a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a woman and her two children were crossing Georgia 138 when her Honda Accord was T-boned by a semi truck. The woman survived with a leg injury, but the children—a five year old boy and a six year old girl—died at the scene. The cause of the car accident has not yet been determined, but a witness at the scene reported that the mother claimed that her brakes “went out.” Witnesses also say that both the mother and the truck’s driver were devastated.
Nothing can bring back the life of a child, but legal action may help a grieving parent move on with their life. Since no fault has yet been assigned, we’ll have to consider some hypothetical situations. If the breaks did fail, the car’s manufacturer would be negligent. If the truck driver was distracted, speeding, overly tired, etc., they could be held responsible. Either way, a wrongful death claim could be filed.
If you or a loved one has lost a child, that child’s family may be entitled to damages for any of the following:
- Medical bills related to the victim’s accident or injury.
- Funeral and burial expenses.
- Pain and suffering of the victim before they died.
- Loss of wages and benefits (though this would probably not apply in the above situation).
- Loss of care or companionship.
In Georgia, a family member or partner has two years to file a wrongful death claim. If you feel you may entitled to damages due to the loss of a loved one, it is important to act quickly. The first thing you should do is consult an experienced wrongful death attorney. Atlanta’s Grant Law Office has been representing injury victims and their families since 1979. Our Atlanta child wrongful death attorneys are compassionate and professional, and will vigorously pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (404) 995-3955 locally, or (866) 249-5513 toll free.