Losing a loved one in a tragic accident is one of the most devastating and saddest moments in your life. Additionally, you may also be financially responsible for paying the deceased person’s medical bills before his/her death, as well as the funeral and burial expenses. However, if another party is responsible for causing the accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one to obtain financial compensation to cover these expenses.
If you lost a loved one in an accident in Atlanta that was caused by a negligent or reckless party, look no further than The Law Office of Brian H. Sumrall to help you and your family maximize your entitled compensation. We understand that no amount of money can ever replace the life of your family member, but we are here to help you get the monetary damages and justice you deserve.
Georgia Wrongful Death Laws
A wrongful death lawsuit allows the surviving family members to pursue a claim on behalf of their deceased loved one. According to Georgia law, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years from the date of the death.
However, if the death was caused by a crime, the statute of limitations is suspended until the conclusion of the criminal case – up to six years. Once the criminal case is resolved, the two-year time limit will start.
The following individuals are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia, based on this order:
- Surviving spouse
- If there is no spouse, the surviving child(ren)
- If there are no spouse or children, the deceased person’s parent(s)
- If there are no spouse, children, or parents, the administrator or executor of the deceased person’s estate
If an administrator or executor brings the claim, any damages recovered are meant for the benefit of the deceased person’s next of kin. These damages will be held by the estate.
Common types of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses related to the deceased person’s last injury or illness
- Lost wages, benefits, and services, including what the deceased individual might reasonably have earned if he/she was still alive
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost care, companionship, consortium, etc.
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