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Wrongful Death

At The Finley Firm, our Alabama wrongful death lawyers and Georgia wrongful death attorneys understand the tremendous impact of the loss of a family member.

  • What is personal injury law?
    Personal injuries can occur in may different ways, whether it is negligence, gross negligence, strict liability, or intentional conduct and in every part of our lives. Any act or omission which results in personal injury is something a personal injury lawyer can address. Examples include car wrecks, truck wrecks, slip and falls, burns, unsafe conditions, worksite injuries, etc. In order to recover for such injuries, an experienced personal injury lawyer will have to prove that some actionable conduct occurred, and an injury occurred as a result. Personal injury lawyers are familiar with the various ways that personal injuries can manifest themselves, as not all are obvious. Soft tissue injuries, nerve damage, and mental anguish are all personal injuries for which recovery is often possible. The personal injury lawyers at The Finley Firm are well-versed in personal injury law.
  • How is personal injury compensation calculated?
    Personal injury damages can be difficult to calculate. Part of personal injury damages include the costs associated with treating the injury. So all of the charges for any diagnosis and treatment of the injury must be gathered. Then, an assessment must be made of those costs that will be incurred in the future as a result of the injury. There also may be pain and suffering or emotional distress that must be included, which can be difficult to calculate. An experienced personal injury attorney can use experts and other techniques to help show a jury the extent of pain and suffering experienced and to be experienced by the injured party. Then, it is up to the jury to determine what award should be made for such damages. Sometimes the conduct which caused the injury is so severe or reprehensible that the law allows the recovery of punitive damages. These are damages that are intended to prevent such conduct in the future by punishing the party causing the injury. The personal injury lawyers at The Finley Firm are experienced at calculating and demonstrating personal injury damages.
  • When should I contact a personal injury lawyer?
    It is never too early to contact a personal injury lawyer once an injury occurs. In fact, when conduct occurs which is potentially actionable (negligence, car wrecks, etc.), it is a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer even if a personal injury is not evident. Sometimes it takes a while for the personal injury to manifest itself. The personal injury lawyers at The Finley Firm are experienced in addressing personal injury claims and regularly consult with physicians and other experts who can make a thorough assessment to determine whether an injury has occurred and can then evaluate the case.
  • Can I claim personal injury if I was at fault?
    Fault is often difficult to determine when a personal injury occurs. Even though you may believe that you are at fault, the negligent or wrongful conduct of others may be the proximate cause of the injury under the law. Let one of the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Finley Firm make that determination for you.
  • How are personal injury settlements paid out?
    Personal injury settlements are paid out in a number of ways. Sometimes they are paid in a lump sum. Sometimes they are paid out over time. If a settlement is reached, you will likely have the opportunity to determine how you would like for it to be paid out. The personal injury lawyers at The Finley Firm regularly handle personal injury settlements involving a wide variety of payment or pay out terms.

Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyers & Georgia Wrongful Death Attorneys

Wrongful deaths can be the result of many different events, such as:

  • Car wrecks

  • Truck accidents

  • Industrial accidents

  • Construction accidents

  • Negligent security

  • On-the-job injuries

  • Chemical exposures

  • Fires

  • Falls

  • Slip and falls

  • Electrocutions

How to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit is not necessarily as easy to file as most. It may require that certain steps are taken before the lawsuit is filed in order to establish who has the ability to bring such an action. It may also require a more extensive investigation into the causes which contributed to the death and the parties responsible. 


Given the seriousness of such claims, and the high stakes involved, a complete and thorough assessment of the claims, potential defendants, and procedural requirements must be undertaken by experienced wrongful death attorneys.

When to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit, like all others, is governed by a statute of limitations which means that there is a deadline by which a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed. 


In most cases, in Georgia, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two (2) years of the date of death.  However, there are certain times when that deadline is tolled or stopped in Georgia, such as when the death was the result of a criminal act or when a deceased person’s estate has not been probated. 


In Alabama, the statute of limitations for wrongful death actions is also two (2) years from the date of death. 


The wrongful death attorneys at The Finley Firm can help you calculate the deadline. 

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