What are wrongful death claims?

What are wrongful death claims?

Wrongful death claims are brought against a defendant who has caused someone’s death either negligently or through intentional harm. Wrongful death claims in Georgia allow the estate of the deceased person to file a lawsuit against the party who is legally liable for the death. If the person had survived, then the claim would likely be one of personal injury; however, since the person was killed as a result of negligent or intentionally harmful conduct then the estate of the person can file a wrongful death claim to recover damages for his or her heirs.

In Georgia, damages in a wrongful death claim include:

  • the deceased person’s pre-death pain and suffering
  • the medical costs that the deceased victim incurred as a result of the injury prior to death
  • funeral and burial costs
  • loss of the deceased person’s expected income
  • loss of any inheritance as a result of the death
  • loss of love and companionship, and
  • loss of consortium.

For more information on wrongful death claims in Georgia, please contact AJ Law Practice.