In Georgia, if someone has died due to someone else’s negligence, the family can pursue one of two types of wrongful death claims. The first claim encompasses the full value of life of the deceased. The second claim accounts for the financial losses related to the death. Allow us to explain both types of claims and how Mickey Kicklighter can guide you through this difficult time.
Wrongful Death Claim – Damages Covering the Full Value of Life
A wrongful death claim is normally pursued by the deceased’s surviving family members. The eligible family members include the deceased’s spouse, children, and parents.
If you choose to file a claim that encompasses the full value of the deceased’s life, you are seeking damages that would cover tangible and intangible elements such as:
- Lost benefits
- Lost wages
The tangible elements, such as lost benefits and wages, can be more easily calculated than intangible benefits; however, the intangible elements are extremely important to pursue in this type of claim.
Wrongful Death Claim – Damages Covering Financial Losses
A wrongful death claim that seeks damages to cover financial losses is normally pursued by the deceased person’s estate. A personal injury that leads to wrongful death can lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills, funeral costs, and more. In this type of claim, you can also pursue damages if your loved one experienced any suffering before death. This must be calculated carefully and pursued tenaciously.
Other frequently asked questions about wrongful death claims include:
- How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?
- What damages can be recovered?
- Who can file a wrongful death claim?
You can find the answers to these questions in our last blog, “Wrongful Death Claims: When Personal Injury Turns Deadly.”
Mickey Kicklighter is Your Premier Wrongful Death Attorney
An experienced attorney can discuss which claim is best for your specific situation and guide you in this legal journey. The Kicklighter Law team understands that wrongful death cases must be dealt with in a very careful manner, as you are likely experiencing an immense amount of grief but must pursue justice. We’re here for you. Call us today: 912-754-6003.