The death of a family member is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. Nothing can take away the pain of losing a loved one. The Georgia Wrongful Death Statute was created to help family members of the deceased cope financially during the difficult grieving process without worrying about paying bills and expenses normally paid by the lost relative.
Wrongful Death is a specific type of lawsuit in Georgia that applies when the actions of one person or corporation, called the tortfeasor, causes death to another person. Wrongful Death actions are not to compensate the lost loved one for their suffering in death. Instead, Wrongful Death cases reimburse the family for the lost value of the decedent’s life. Under the Georgia Wrongful Death Statute, the tortfeasor is responsible for paying the funeral and burial expenses for the deceased’s family as well as the reasonable value of the deceased’s life if he or she had lived out the entirety of their natural life according to their life expectancy.
Wrongful Death cases are especially important when young children are involved. A Wrongful Death settlement or verdict can ensure that the children of the deceased are cared for until they reach adulthood. Wrongful Death cases also allow the widow or widower of the deceased to supplement any lost income that their spouse would have earned if they were still alive.
Wrongful Death cases are big cases, often involving significant sums of money. The family of a deceased loved one needs an attorney that can properly value the case using complex mathematic formulas involving projected future income and life expectancy to determine the “full value of the life of the decedent.” Without an attorney who understands the complex factors and variables involved in properly calculating damages in a Wrongful Death case, the family runs the risk of settling their case at an amount below its true worth.
The loss of a loved one is a horrific experience. Nothing will bring back the lost loved one. A skilled attorney can however help the deceased’s family cope by ensuring that the family is financially sound through the grieving process. If you or someone you know would like to discuss the death of a family member with an attorney, contact us immediately because family members can only bring a Wrongful Death lawsuit for a limited time after the person’s death.
DISCLAIMER: The above article is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to be, nor should it be considered, legal advice. Legal advice can only be given by a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction following an individualized consultation. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact an attorney in your area.