If you have lost a family member or loved one due to someone else’s negligence, watch this video about filing wrongful death claims for important information.
How does wrongful death compensation work in Georgia?
If you’re watching this video, you may have lost a loved one recently due to the negligence of someone else, whether it was 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.
When looking at the damages that the liable party might owe you, we need to take a close look at how this death as affected the surviving family members. We look at various factors including the impact of the loss of income from the deceased, their relationship with those they left behind, the medical bills the incurred before their passing, and more.
If your loved one suffered for a great deal of time and knew their passing was imminent, that is going to play a role in how your case gets valued. We also take into consideration the suffering of the surviving family members. If a parent who was the primary care giver was the one to pass, and that has drastically impacted their children’s lives, that is part of the process of valuing the cast.
Have you lost a family member or loved one due to someone else’s negligence and have questions about filing wrongful death claims in Georgia?
Contact the experienced Georgia wrongful death attorneys at Princenthal, May & Wilson, LLC, today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Let our experience and dedication work for you.