Losing a loved one is painful and can be made even worse if the loss is the result of someone else’s negligence. When you are grieving, hurt, and worried about the future, it is uncomfortable to talk about insurance claims, wrongful death settlements, and cash awards. However, when the bills pile up and your financial circumstances come into focus, you need a professional and highly-skilled attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve. No amount of money will ever replace your loved one, but proper financial compensation following a loved one’s wrongful death can help bring closure to a tragedy and provide financial security for your family’s future.
At Fortson, Bentley and Griffin, our experienced personal injury attorneys represent individuals and families that have lost loved ones or have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. We remain sensitive to our clients’ emotional needs during these difficult times, while helping to make sure our clients’ legal rights are protected to the fullest extent permitted by law.
In the grief and confusion that follows the sudden and unnecessary loss of a loved one, families are expected to move quickly to pursue legal action against those responsible. An attorney who can advance your case decisively and determine the financial losses that have been suffered is essential to maximizing the recovery in a wrongful death lawsuit.
In each wrongful death case, there is some degree of negligence on the part of another that contributed to the victim’s death. The resulting jury award or settlement is determined by several factors, including the victim’s life expectancy and life income and the pain, suffering, and medical costs (if any) that the victim experienced before death. Georgia is unique in its measure of damages, because the law allows recovery of the “full value of the decedent’s life,” which includes the value of the victim’s life to him- or herself. The damages are calculated as if the victim had survived the negligent act that caused their wrongful death.
Georgia law specifies who may recover for the wrongful death of a person. If the victim was married, the surviving spouse is entitled to recover. If there is no surviving spouse, then the surviving children are entitled to recover. Where there is neither a surviving spouse nor surviving children, the parents of the victim are entitled to recover.
Monetary damages cannot bring a loved one back, but they can provide a means for a family to continue to live in the fashion to which it was accustomed. Compensation for wrongful death often includes monetary compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, and anticipated future earnings of the deceased (in some instances, even if the deceased was not working at the time of his or her death).
If you have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, please contact one of FB&G’s personal injury attorneys online or by telephone at 706-548-1151 to discuss obtaining a free evaluation of your case.