Filing a lawsuit after the unexpected death of a loved one may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, it is also likely that you are feeling emotions such as anger, disbelief and helplessness, especially if the tragedy occurred because of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions. You may be searching for some form of justice for your loved one and bringing your case to the civil courts may offer a type of closure.
These are just some of the reasons why families in Georgia make the difficult decision to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. If you are the spouse, child or parent of someone who died in a preventable accident, such as a motor vehicle accident, trucking accident, workplace tragedy or defective product accident, you may wish to learn more about the process and benefits of a wrongful death lawsuit to determine if it is appropriate for your situation.
Seeking compensation you deserve
To prove your case in court, you must show that the other person acted negligently, intentionally or recklessly, causing the death of your loved one. In other words, you must have evidence that your loved one’s own actions did not cause the fatal injuries. Additionally, you must show measurable damages resulting from your loved one’s death. This may be most difficult since placing monetary value on someone’s life may seem impossible. Nevertheless, if you are successful, a wrongful death claim may benefit you by providing you with:
- Funds to cover your loved one’s final medical bills
- Money for the cost of a funeral and burial
- Earnings your loved one may have contributed to in future years
- Compensation for the loss of companionship, services and other benefits your loved one may have provided for you in the future
- Punitive damages if you can prove that the actions of the person responsible for your loved one’s death were especially egregious
- The satisfaction of sending a strong message that may discourage future negligent actions
Unquestionably, pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit will not be easy, and you may relive some painful emotions and memories. However, if your loved one’s death left you struggling financially or looking for a way to bring some good from the situation, you may obtain some peace of mind through holding those accountable whose negligent or reckless actions resulted in so much suffering for you and your family.