Have you recently lost a family member or loved one and have questions? Here are 3 wrongful death tips for you to read, then give us a call.
1. Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
People often ask, too, about who can actually file a wrongful death claim. In Georgia, there are laws that establish who is allowed to bring the claim when someone has died as the result of the negligence of others. One type of claim is what we refer to as a survivor claim; for example, if someone is married, the spouse is the one who can bring that claim. If someone dies and they weren’t married at the time of the death and they don’t have any children but their parents are alive, then the parents have the claim. If someone dies and they don’t have parents who are living, they weren’t married, they don’t have children, then the claim may pass to their siblings. It can get complicated, but is all established by law in Georgia. If you have any questions, please call us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, any questions that you may have about a wrongful death claim here in Georgia, and to help you as best as we can.
2. Wrongful Death Claim Value
If you have recently lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person or party, you may be wondering what the value of your claim may be. Of course, there’s no amount of money in the world that can replace your loved one; in our civil justice system, however, the only compensation that people can recover is money.
What is a claim worth? There’s no set answer to that question. There are different factors that are considered when a jury determines the damages in a wrongful death case. The claim that the surviving relatives have includes different types of damages, but it’s primarily looking at the full value of the person’s life from the perspective of the person who was killed, so what he or she has lost.
There’s no formula that anyone can use to put a number on that, and every case is going to be different. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else and you have questions, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your case with you. It will be our honor if you select us to pursue this case on behalf of you and the loved one you have lost.
3. Wrongful Death Claims
If you’re watching this video, you may have lost a loved one recently due to the negligence of someone else, whether it be a drunk driver or a car crash or some other personal injury matter. You may be asking yourself, “What’s important to know about a wrongful death claim?” You need to know who the proper party to bring the claim. In Georgia, this is defined by statute. A lawyer experienced with wrongful death cases will be able to know who is the eligible party to bring the wrongful death claim forward. You also need to know what the claims are. In Georgia, there are two separate claims that can be made after a wrongful death: one claim belongs to the survivors of the deceased, such as the spouse, parents, or children, and the second claim belongs to the estate of the deceased person, of which there is a representative who will bring the claim.
You also want to know what types of damages can be recovered in a wrongful death claim. The survivor’s claim and estate claim may result in different damages. You will need an attorney who knows their way around these types of claims and who will use the right resources to make sure you recover the full compensation.
Another important part of a wrongful death claim is liability. Who is at fault? There may be multiple parties. If you have lost a loved one in a commercial vehicle wreck, the driver or the trucking company or the manufacturers may be at fault. A responsible attorney will make sure you and your loved ones recover all you are entitled to after a tragic situation such as this.
Have you lost a family member or loved one due to someone else’s negligence and have questions about these 3 wrongful death tips?
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