Bringing A Wrongful Death Claim In Georgia
Everyone experiences the loss of loved ones, but not every loss justifies a wrongful death claim under the law. In Georgia, a wrongful death is the death of a person caused by “negligent, reckless, intentional or criminal” acts by another person or entity.
To succeed on a wrongful death claim, a deceased person’s surviving loved ones generally must show that another person or entity acted with negligence – or without an acceptable level of care – and that their actions resulted in the deceased person’s death.
Who Can Bring A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Many people experience grief and loss after a death, but Georgia law restricts whose loss may be addressed through a wrongful death claim. Most claims are brought by the deceased person’s spouse. If the deceased person and their spouse has minor children, the children’s interests must also be represented in court.
If there is no surviving spouse or child, the deceased person’s surviving parent(s) may bring a wrongful death claim. The personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may also pursue wrongful death damages, which are held by the estate and eventually distributed to the deceased person’s next of kin.
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After losing a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, the last thing you should have to worry about is making yourself financially whole again. At Law Office of Derek M. Hays, LLC, we will take on the burden of your legal claim so you can focus on your family and your grieving process. We know that nothing can take away the pain you have experienced. Our goal is to put you in the best possible position to move forward when you are ready.
To learn more about your rights and options under Georgia’s wrongful death laws, please contact our Lawrenceville office at 678-942-6692. You may also send us an email and we will reach out to you promptly.