Wrongful death is a death that has been caused by the fault of another person. For example, deaths caused by drunk driving, the manufacture of a defective or dangerous product, the construction of an unsound structure or building, or failing to diagnose a fatal disease may be considered "wrongful deaths".
Wrongful death lawsuits or claims are generally filed by family
members. In some instances, these claims are filed in order
to obtain monetary damages to cover the earnings the deceased
person would have provided. Other damages include:
- Expense associated with the death, e.g.,
medical and funeral.
- The full value of the life of the deceased
has two elements, the economic value of the deceased's normal
life expectancy and the intangible element of exact proof.
The intangible element of loss is considered from the standpoint
of the deceased. In other words, the deceased's loss of
his relationship with the Plaintiffs and others and the
associated factors such as the society, advice, counsel,
and companionship with the Plaintiffs and others are to
be compensated by the jury based on these relationships.
If you live in Georgia, and a loved one has suffered a wrongful death, you may be eligible to receive compensation under the law. Call our Atlanta wrongful death lawyer for a free consultation.