If you’ve recently experienced the death of a loved one in the state of Georgia, it can be difficult to deal with. When you discover that another person or entity was responsible for their death, it can be heart-wrenching. You may want to seek retribution via a wrongful death lawsuit.
What do you need to prove in a wrongful death lawsuit?
One of the first things that you need to prove in a wrongful death lawsuit is that your loved one died due to someone else’s negligence, deliberate act or recklessness. Your loved one’s death must not have been brought about by their own inaction or actions. In addition, you’ll need to prove that you suffered measurable financial loss due to their death.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
The reality is that not just anyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit when a loved one dies. Rather, each state specifies just who may file a wrongful death lawsuit based on the person’s relationship to the deceased person. Most all states recognize the deceased person’s spouse and children as able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Other states include extended family members like grandparents, aunts, uncles and grandchildren.
Collecting damages in a wrongful death lawsuit
If you’re legally allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit in your state, there are various types of damages that you can collect. These include damages for things like medical and burial expenses. You can also collect damages for lost wages and pain and suffering.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be some of the most difficult cases to undergo on an emotional level. Taking the time to ensure that you’re legally able to file a lawsuit is the necessary first step to take. Next, you’ll want to hire an attorney to ensure that your best interests are looked after.