Wrongful Death


Compassionate Legal Support for Wrongful Death Claims in Atlanta

Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult tasks that a family will ever experience. Wrongful death can occur from a serious car accident or even while staying at a hotel or apartment complex. While no amount of money will ever bring a deceased loved one back, Georgia Law provides a civil remedy for the survivors of someone that has suffered a death.

WHAT is Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death is defined as the loss of a life as result of another person or another entity's negligent or intentional behavior. The individual or group may be held liable if there is evidence that there was negligence or they were causing injury intentionally.

Common causes of wrongful death include:

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Georgia Wrongful Death Claims: Your Legal Options

In Georgia, there can be two separate claims against a person or corporation who negligently caused a death. The family may choose to pursue one or both claims depending on the nature of the death.

Calculating the "Full Value of Life" in Atlanta Wrongful Death Cases

The first type of claim is a wrongful death claim for the “full value of life” of the deceased individual. This claim is based upon both tangible (economic) and intangible aspects of the individual’s life.

When determining the tangible value of the decedent’s life, a jury takes into account many factors, including:

  • Decedent’s age
  • Physical health
  • Type of work the decedent performed

Examples of the intangible values of life include:

  • Time spent with the decedent,
  • Things he or she did with their family,
  • Sports and activities he or she participated in, and
  • Support and companionship.

Factors such as the quality of life, relationships, activities, lifetime income, and future benefits are some of the many factors that are included in the valuation of a deceased individual’s life.

This claim belongs to the deceased individual’s survivors, which is defined by statute as typically including a spouse, children, parents, or heirs at law. If you need to file a "full value of life" claim, reach out to the wrongful death lawyers in Atlanta at The Fowler Firm.

Atlanta Estate Claims: "Survival Action" in Wrongful Death Cases

The second type of claim belongs to the estate of the deceased individual. A “survival action” belongs to the estate and is brought by the executor or administrator of the deceased for pain and suffering before death, medical expenses, and funeral expenses. This is essentially the claim that the deceased would have brought if they survived.

The estate is acting in place of the deceased. Punitive damages, which serve as punishment for a particularly egregious behavior, may also be awarded in a survival action if the offending party broke the law during the act of wrongful death. If you need to file a "Survival Action" claim, consider reaching out to our experienced Atlanta wrongful death attorneys today.

Act Now: Contact Atlanta's Trusted Wrongful Death Lawyers

The team at The Fowler Firm is committed to pursuing justice and fighting for what's best for you and your family. Our experienced attorneys are backed by years of experience and a track record of success so don't hesitate to reach out to discuss your case today. We are available 24/7 to take your call!

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to the actions of another individual or corporation, we invite you to call us at(404) 995-1963 or contact the wrongful death attorneys at The Fowler Law Firm to discuss your options.

Commonly Asked Questions

Who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim in Georgia?

Under Georgia law, the individuals eligible to file a wrongful death claim typically include the immediate family members of the deceased, such as a spouse, children, and parents. In cases where there are no immediate family members, heirs at law may be entitled to file the claim. These claims are intended to compensate for the full value of the deceased's life, including tangible and intangible contributions.

What damages can be recovered in an Atlanta wrongful death lawsuit?

In an Atlanta wrongful death lawsuit, the damages that can be recovered include both economic and non-economic factors. Economic damages may cover the decedent’s lost wages, potential lifetime income, and future benefits. Non-economic damages can include loss of companionship, emotional distress, and the value of the experiences and activities the deceased would have enjoyed. Additionally, in some cases, punitive damages may be awarded if the defendant's actions were particularly egregious.

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