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Unfortunately, people are killed every day across our nation due to the negligence or wrongdoing of other parties. While nothing can really compensate grieving families for the loss of a beloved relative, holding responsible parties accountable can make all the difference in allowing these families to begin the long process of recovery. If you have recently lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s actions or inactions, we can assist you in understanding and receiving the benefits to which you are entitled under Georgia law.
At Craig Injury Law, we can help you navigate the civil legal system in your claim or lawsuit. Our Vidalia wrongful death attorney brings compassionate support to you while working thoroughly to prepare and present the evidence in court. Our legal work in this matter is designed to compensate you in various ways for what you and your family have endured. Putting our experienced litigator on your side in such claims relieves you of the painful legal burden while substantially increasing your chances of a positive outcome.
Request a free initial consultation with our Vidalia wrongful death attorney at Craig Injury Law by contacting a friendly staff member online or at (912) 304-5202. Bahasa Indonesia spoken. Hablamos español.
Wrongful Death Claims in Georgia
Georgia’s wrongful death law enables the family of the individual who has died to file a civil claim for “the full value of the life of the decedent.” This law defines wrongful death as “the death of a human being resulting from a crime, from criminal or other negligence, or from the property which has been defectively manufactured, whether or not as the result of negligence.”
Common examples of wrongful death claims stem from car accidents, the use of a defective product, such as a dangerous pharmaceutical product, medical malpractice, or a criminal attack. In all wrongful death cases, you can bring a civil claim against the wrongdoer regardless of whether he or she has been criminally charged or convicted. Your claim is taken up by a civil court in which you are seeking that damages be paid. Wrongful death claims generally must be filed within two years of the date of death. In criminal cases, you have two years from the date the criminal case is concluded to file the claim.
Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
In wrongful death cases, two types of damages may be available to be paid by the defendant. These include damages recovered for the surviving family and damages paid to the estate to compensate the decedent’s estate for the financial losses accrued due to the person’s death.
Surviving family damages can include:
- Loss of the income/wages or benefits that the decedent would have brought in
- Loss of the household services that the decedent would have provided
- Loss of companionship, care, consortium
- Mental and emotional anguish
Damages paid to the estate can include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical expenses incurred prior to the death
- Property damage, such as from a car crash
- Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased person prior to death
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Those who can file a wrongful death claim can include:
- The surviving spouse of the deceased
- If no spouse, the surviving children
- If no children, the surviving parents
- If none of the above, the executor of the decedent’s estate
Where only an executor files a claim, the damages received are held in the estate for the decedent’s next of kin.
No one should have to suffer the emotional and financial losses of wrongful death. However, should such an event occur in your life, you can turn to our dedicated attorney who puts compassion, care, and invaluable legal proficiency on your side in seeking the justice you and your family deserve.
Call us to learn more about how we can help you at this critical time.
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