Each year, numerous families in Georgia lose loved ones, and some of those losses are due to the negligence, reckless acts or even the deliberate acts of others. Depending on the circumstances, some of the parties deemed responsible face criminal prosecution. In addition to, or in lieu of, any potential criminal penalties, state law provides for the possibility of monetary compensation for your loss through the filing of a wrongful death claim in civil court.

Losing a spouse, parent or child can affect every aspect of your life. You may not have only relied on your close family members for financial support, but also for emotional support. When they are gone, your life can be turned upside down. No amount of money can replace a beloved family member, but it may help compensate you for financial losses and provide you with a sense of justice.

It may be possible to receive compensation for actual damages, such as medical expenses, funeral and burial costs and lost future earnings. Further, even though a Georgia court may not be able to truly quantify your emotional loss, damages for your pain and suffering may also be awarded. The process of determining the monetary value of your loss can be complex. Therefore, it may be beneficial to seek the services of an attorney who can attempt to maximize the amount of compensation.

An attorney’s task in a wrongful death claim is not limited to the pursuit of monetary compensation. Before the court will consider damages, it must first be proven that the party or parties considered to be responsible caused or contributed to the death of your loved one. Once negligence is established through the presentation of evidence, the issue of damages may be considered.