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Wrongful Death Attorneys

Having a loved one pass away as a result of a preventable accident can be devastating. This is known as a wrongful death case, and depending on the specifics of this case, you may be able to bring a lawsuit regarding wrongful death.

Knowing what to do after losing a loved one is undoubtedly difficult. Chances are involving an attorney may be the last thing on your mind – but often, it’s the best way to ensure that the people your loved one left behind are taken care of. Rely on McDonald & Cody to bring significant resources to the table on your behalf, including accident investigators and other experts as needed in order to determine liability in a wrongful death case.

Call today for your free case evaluation. We can help you understand who can file a wrongful death suit, as well as the types of benefits that are commonly included in such a legal action.


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Who can file a
Wrongful Death Claim?

Georgia has established the following protocol for determining who can file to collect benefits from a wrongful death claim. The following parties may bring a wrongful death suit:

The spouse of the deceased is the first person who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The spouse may also file on behalf of any of the deceased’s children who are under 18. The spouse is entitled to at least one-third of the financial recovery from the claim.

If the deceased was unmarried, did not have a surviving spouse, and did not have any children, surviving parents can file the wrongful death claim.

In rare circumstances, the wrongful death claim can also be filed by a designated representative of the estate. In this situation, any damages received must go to the deceased’s estate and be distributed to the next-of-kin.


It is also important that a wrongful death claim be filed within two years of the death. So contact us today for a Free Case Evaluation.

Why McDonald & Cody?

The philosophy at McDonald & Cody, LLC is to provide maximum results, one client at a time. We are dedicated to our cases and strive for quick, full and maximum compensation.


You can afford a top notch trial attorney. Our clients don't pay anything unless we win their case, either by receiving a settlement or a jury verdict.

We Spare No Expense!

We have the financial wherewithal to litigate every case to its conclusion, so you will never be forced to accept an unsatisfactory settlement because your law firm is hurting for cash.

We Keep Small Caseloads!

Each client’s case gets the individual attention and focus that makes sure that it is thoroughly prepared and the value maximized.

Wrongful Death Damages

The types of wrongful death benefits you may be entitled to receive depend generally on the nature of the accident or injury that led to the victim’s death. In cases such as drunk driving, nursing home abuse, or other instances of gross negligence, the court may determine that punitive damages are in order to serve as punishment for the negligent party’s actions

Other types of damages available in a wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • Pain and suffering for the estate of the deceased
  • Compensation for the deceased’s suffering, prior to his or her death
  • Loss of future work wages
  • Loss of relationship compensation for a child, spouse, or parent
  • Loss of work and retirement benefits

Georgia law also states that if a spouse receives compensation and there is no will, the spouse must share the award with any living children. If the children are minors, the compensation will be placed under the parent or legal guardian’s name until the child turns 18 years of age.

Determining Liability in a Wrongful Death Case

How Do I Get Started?


Statute of limitations may apply so don't delay having your accident or injury claim evaluated by our team.


Regardless of the type of injury you have, we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve!


Our experienced attorneys at McDonald & Cody will fight for the justice you deserve. You don't pay unless we win!

Our Trial Attorneys are ready to discuss your Wrongful Death case.

Contact Us for a FREE, No-Obligation Consultation.