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Savannah Wrongful Death Lawyers Help You Find Closure

Compassionate counsel for grieving families in Coastal Georgia

The death of a loved one, even when due to a long-term illness or advanced age, is one of the toughest times a family must endure. But it can be devastating if their life was unexpectedly cut short due to someone else’s negligence. At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, we know that you may be unsure of the next steps to take after the loss of your loved one. Our Savannah wrongful death attorneys have helped many bereaved families get justice for lost loved ones, and we want our experience to work for you too.

Our attorneys have handled wrongful death cases arising from auto accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, nursing home abuse or neglect, medical malpractice, and even falls. We will help you get an administrator or executor appointed for your loved one’s estate so that we can obtain their medical and other records, and so that you can begin handling their estate.

It’s our goal to help you and your family focus on honoring your loved one’s memory. Let us take some of the burden off your shoulders during this difficult time.

How to prove negligence in a wrongful death case

To prevail in a wrongful death case, you have to be able to prove four key legal elements:

  • Duty — Generally speaking, everyone has a duty to behave with reasonable care so as not to injure others. For example, motorists must behave responsibly behind the wheel, observing traffic laws and safety rules. However, there are rare exceptions when a duty does not exist, and there are also cases where there is a higher duty of care, as between a doctor and a patient. The plaintiff’s task is to establish that the defendant owed a duty of care to the decedent.
  • Breach — The plaintiff must next establish that the defendant violated his duty of care by acting careless, recklessly or with deliberate intent to harm the decedent. A breach of duty can also occur when a defendant who has a duty fails to act. Most wrongful death cases allege that a defendant’s act or omission was careless or, in legal terminology, negligent.
  • Causation — The plaintiff must prove the defendant’s negligent act or omission directly caused harm to the decedent that resulted in death. The death need not be immediate, but there must be an unbroken chain of causation from the breach of duty to the decedent’s death.
  • Damages — The plaintiff must prove that economic and noneconomic losses were sustained as a result of the decedent’s death. Damages are explained in greater detail below.

The plaintiff does not have to prove these elements beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the standard for a criminal case. Since a wrongful death action is a civil lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence, which means the plaintiff’s assertions are “more likely than not” to be true. Building a case that meets this threshold of proof is a complex task, so you should only trust an experienced lawyer with a track record of success.

Types of wrongful death compensation

In addition to the grief your family is experiencing, you also may be dealing with an uncertain financial future — especially if the decedent was the primary income source for your family. To make matters worse, their death can leave you with many expenses you might not be able to afford.

Our legal team will fight to maximize your compensation for:

  • Medical bills — Ambulance rides, prescription medications, lab tests, surgeries, and overnight stays in the hospital can quickly add up to big bills that you might not be able to afford. And unfortunately, medical bills don’t go away when patients pass. When we take on your claim, we’ll make sure the insurance company knows how much the hospital charged you for your loved one’s treatment.
  • Lost wages — Thinking about how you’re going to provide for yourself and the rest of your family after losing a secondary or primary source of income can be frightening and stressful. But unlike medical bills, lost income continues to add up and affect your family week after week, month after month, and year after year. We’ll calculate the financial impact of your loved one’s death, and we’ll pursue full compensation on your family’s behalf.
  • Funeral expenses — You want to preserve your loved one’s memory and celebrate their life, but the costs associated with funerals can be prohibitive. Our legal team will do everything we can to help you get compensated for the expenses you incur when making plans to lay your loved one to rest.
  • Full value of the life of the deceased person — In addition to allowing dollar damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and funeral bills, Georgia courts allow recovery for the full value of the life of the deceased, as determined by a jury. This means that a dollar figure is created by the jury based on how they lived and their relationships with others.

With nearly 20 years of experience assisting families experiencing difficult times, our legal team knows how to provide a helping hand during some of life’s most difficult moments.

Contact us for compassionate assistance with a wrongful death claim

If negligence played a role in your loved one’s death, you can count on Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers to handle a wrongful death claim on your behalf.

We strive to stand up for people who have lost loved ones due to the carelessness of others. We pride ourselves on providing support for bereaved clients while also working hard to get them the compensation they deserve. Call 912-212-2100 today to speak with our attorneys or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our No Fee Guarantee® means you have nothing to lose — you don’t owe us anything unless you get money for your claim.

Reviews From Our Clients
  • "I was pregnant and injured in an automobile accident. Mr. Owens, personally, came to the hospital. He told me he would handle everything, I just needed to get healthy for the baby and myself. Mr. Owens did everything he said he would. I highly recommend Owens and Mulherin. Everyone in their office is friendly and informative. You're not just another client with them, they genuinely care." - Lindsay Chadwick

  • "Highly recommend working with this group!! They are very friendly, understanding, caring people and very easy to talk to. They Gave us plenty of time to talk with them. Did not make us feel rushed and explained everything thoroughly. Made the experience the best possible and we had a positive outcome during a tragic time. Thank you to the attorneys and entire staff." - Cindy Shuman

  • "I found Mr. Owens to be very professional and extremely sympathetic towards my needs as a result of my injuries. His experience helped guide me through my case and we ultimately won in the end...settled out of court! Thanks for all your help!" - Diane Calahan

  • "Following an automobile accident I sought representation from Wil Owens. Throughout the process he and his staff were always very kind, informative, and diligent in protecting my rights and interests. I knew my case was minor comparatively speaking, however, they never minimized the importance of my situation or claim. I would highly recommend this local law firm!!Sincerely,Christi (Fry) Vinyard" - Christi Fry

  • "This was my first time having to get an attorney and my experience was great. They make sure you fully understand everything that's going on and make sure the case is settled in your favor. I highly recommend this attorney office if you need one." - Dee James

  • "Absolutely 100% the best law firm around. I was completely blown away by the staff with all their generosity and helpfulness every step of the way. Wilbur Owens is hands down the best attorney I have ever met. He was caring, professional, and helpful in all aspects of my case, from the very begining with all my treatments to the very end with my settlement. He was highly recommend to me and I have heard nothing but great things about him and his firm. They truly are the best around and if ths need were to arise again in the future I will gladly come to the law firm of Owens and Mulherin. Wonderful people and they gave me my life back as well as piece of mind, and for that I am and always will be truly thankful." - Courtney Graves

  • "I had a good experience with Mr. Owens and Ms. Teresa. They were very professional and was on point. It was a long process but it was worth the wait. I would recommend anyone to this lawfirm." - Ashley Robertson

  • "My thanks to Mr. Owens and his crew. After getting injured at work , and not knowing what to do I found them thru a local web search. Everyone in the office was great, Will walked me thru my case and explained how it would go. After everything I would highly recommend this law firm. I can't say enough of Mr. Owens and his staff . Thank you for your help!" - Mark Kalla

  • "I worked with Mr. Ownens and his team for my most recent accident involving 2 uninsured motorists, and I am extremely pleased with the way my case was worked, as well as the outcome. I cannot say anything negative about the law firm whatsoever, but I can tell you that being hit by uninsured vehicles is a nightmare." - Nic Schuman

  • "Loved working with me. Mulherin. Didn’t make me feel rushed or pinned against a wall. He gave me the beat and worse case scenario. Went to bat for me when the insurance company thought they could get away with being cheap. Brooke was amazing to work with to. Always answered calls or emails in a timely manner." - Natasha Campbell

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Mr. Owens devotes his practice exclusively to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death claims. His primary focus is automobile/tractor-trailer accidents, dog bites, slip/trip and falls, medical malpractice, injuries from dangerous products, job injuries and nursing home abuse. Before joining forces with Mr. Mulherin to open Owens & Mulherin in 2001, Mr. Owens worked…

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Mr. Mulherin represents individuals in personal injury cases. His primary practice areas are automobile accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, medical malpractice claims and workplace injuries. Before forming Owens & Mulherin with Mr. Owens in 2001, Mr. Mulherin practiced at Bouhan, Williams & Levy, LLP, from 1984 - 2000, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases.…

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