Helping Families With Wrongful Death Claims
Unexpectedly losing a loved one is a difficult situation to handle. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the individual or company liable for the wrongful death.
A wrongful death action is a civil lawsuit filed against the negligent party, completely separate from any criminal liability. In Georgia, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death action. This means, the lawsuit must be filed within two (2) years from the date of the death, or the plaintiff will be forever barred from filing the lawsuit.
There are several people entitled to file a wrongful death suit, such as:
- The spouse
- If there is no spouse, then the children
- If there is no spouse or children, then the parents
- If there is no spouse, children, or parents, then the executor of the estate
In a wrongful death action, you may be entitled to recover the full economic value of the deceased person’s life, plus medical expenses, funeral expenses, and other necessary expenses resulting from the injury and death of the deceased person.