The death of a loved one is a tragic event for the entire family. In Georgia, “wrongful death” is a legal term meaning the death of a person caused by the negligence, recklessness or fault of another party. Examples of “wrongful death” are those deaths caused by negligent automobile drivers, drunk drivers, negligent commercial drivers, defective products, or careless healthcare providers.
Lawsuits involving wrongful dealth are filed to obtain “the full value of the life of the decedent,” which includes the economic value of the deceased individual’s life expectancy and the intanginle element or value of the deceased individual’s life. The economic value of a deceased’s life may be measured by the earnings the deceased would have provided over the course of his or her life. The intangible element or value of a person’s life is incapable of exact proof and is left up to the enlightened conscious of a jury.
Along with a wrongful death claim, there may also be an estate claim in which the administrator of the decedent’s estate can seek to recover for funeral expenses, medical expenses, and the pain and suffering of the individual who passed away.
If you have lost a loved one as the result of a wrongful death, please contact one of our experienced attorneys for a free consultation