Monroe, GA Wrongful Death Lawyer
Have You Had a Loved One Killed in an Accident in Georgia?
If you have had a loved one killed in an accident, we will fight to bring you justice for the loss of your loved one.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Georgia?
The following people can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia:
- The spouse of the deceased.
- If there is no spouse, the child or children of the deceased.
- If there is no spouse or children, then the parents of the deceased.
- If there is no spouse, children, or parents, then the administrator or executor of the deceased's estate.
What Damages Can You Recover?
Georgia law states that you are entitled to the full value of the life of the deceased. How is the full value of the life of the deceased measured? The full value of the life of the deceased is generally measured by the economic value of the deceased's life and the non-economic value of the deceased's life.
Economic Value of the Deceased's Life
The economic value of the deceased's life is based on the projected lifetime earnings of the deceased. To determine this amount, there would need to be a determination of the life expectancy of the deceased and what the projected earnings would be for the deceased's remaining lifespan had the deceased survived.
Non-Economic Value of the Deceased's Life
The non-economic value of the deceased's life includes things that money cannot buy, like the joys of marriage, parenthood, vacations, hobbies, and all of the things the deceased enjoyed and valued that they lost when they died. The non-economic value of the deceased's life does not have an exact value, but is instead calculated by the jury based on the jurors judgment.
The estate of the deceased may also bring a claim for the death of the deceased. The estate of the deceased is entitled to recover for the funeral, medical, and other necessary expenses resulting from the injury and death of the deceased. The estate of the deceased may also bring a claim for punitive damages as well as for any pain and suffering the deceased suffered in the moments prior to the deceased's death.
CONTACT BENTON & BENTON
If you have had a loved one killed in a an accident in Georgia, please call us at 770-365-6414 for a free case evaluation.