In Georgia, 24% of all traffic-related deaths involve an alcohol-impaired driver.

-Governor's Office of Highway Safety

Rockmart Wrongful Death Attorney

Sometimes, a person’s simple negligence and careless actions can have catastrophic results.  And sometimes, these catastrophic results can include lives being lost and cut short.  Living in a small town like Rockmart, Georgia, it is likely that the unexpected loss of a close family member, friend, or classmate has touched your life at one time or another – either due to a car accident, medical mistake, work injury, or similar occurrence. 


One of best ways to dignify the lost lives of loved ones is to make sure their death was not lost in vain.  A wrongful death attorney can help you achieve a measure of closure during these periods while also helping to lighten the load during these periods of grief.  Wheale Law Firm has experience in providing this type of representation.

What is a claim for wrongful death and who can bring them?

A claim for wrongful death arises when someone has lost their life due to the wrongful – or negligent – conduct of someone else.  It is a civil claim created by statute.  Most often, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate has the right to pursue a wrongful death claim, on behalf of the state.  If no estate has been created, the deceased’s family members may be able to pursue the claim in accordance with the statute.   


And, the types of damages that can be pursued in a wrongful death claim include funeral and burial expenses as well as the full value of the life of the decedent.  Wheale Law Firm’s attorney can help with the probate process and the paperwork that entails, as well as investigating potential causes for death, and identifying damages you may be able to obtain.

How is a survival action different from a wrongful death claim?

A survival action is also a civil claim created by statute when someone’s life has wrongfully been cut short.  The primary difference between a survival action and wrongful death claim is in the damages available.  In short, the survival action allows the estate to “stand in the shoes” of the decedent. 


The estate is allowed to recover compensation in the same manner as the decedent, if the decedent had survived – hence, it’s name.  This means the estate can pursue claims for the deceased’s medical expenses, their pain and suffering, lost wages, and other similar damages.  Wheale Law Firm can make sure both claims are preserved and pursued in a way the achieves the best results you want.

How much does a wrongful death attorney cost?

Wrongful death attorneys work on a contingency fee basis.  Stated another way, there are no upfront costs, and a wrongful death attorney only receives compensation when the claim has been resolved.  On the flip side, this also means that if you do not owe the attorney any money, even if the wrongful death claim is legally barred for one reason or another.  This also applies to survival actions and any damages recovered for those claims as well.

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678-580-8936 or send an email.  No Commitments.

Unlike most attorneys, Patrick J. Wheale handles personal injury cases exclusively, specializing in helping injured victims.

Wheale Law provides legal services exclusively on a contingent fee basis.  In other words, you pay no upfront costs.  Wheale Law only collects attorney's fees if your case successfully resolves. 

Wrongful Death

What is a wrongful death claim?

Who can bring a wrongful death claim?

Is an autopsy required to prove a wrongful death claim?

Can I sue for the death of an unborn child?

Is pain and suffering recoverable for a wrongful death?

Are wrongful death damages taxable?

Survival Actions

What is a survival action?

How is a survival action different from wrongful death?

Who can bring a survival action?


What is probate?

What is a personal representative?

What are the duties of a personal representative?

Is a personal representative entitled to a larger inheritance?

What if the deceased doesn't have a will?

How does the probate process work?

How long does probate usually take?

Why is probate actually required?

How much does probate cost?

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