Losing a loved one can be heartbreaking and tragic, especially if it was caused by someone else’s negligence, malpractice, or malice. In the event that you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s actions, you may be eligible to seek compensation in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. The team at Seay & Felton will review your case with you during a free case evaluation, discuss the unfortunate circumstances of your loss, the impact it has had on your life, and determine the appropriate steps to take towards a civil case for you.
Contact us today if you have any questions about your options, or if you are ready to take the next step. We understand how sensitive these times are, and will do everything in our power to take as much stress off of you as possible while focusing on the legal aspects of your situation. Our goal is to get you the financial security that you deserve, that your lost loved one would want you to have, and to give you the support you need to move forward with rebuilding your life.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case that alleges an individual or organization to be responsible for the death of another because of negligence, malpractice, or misconduct. There are many different forms that wrongful death can take, which we will outline below.
In a wrongful death case, the victims are the next of kin, spouse, or in some cases parents or children of the deceased — this varies from case to case. In many ways, a wrongful death case takes the same course of action as a personal injury lawsuit, except it considers additional factors such as loss of companionship, loss of future income, changes in financial stability, end of life expenses, and more.
Causes of Wrongful Death
There are many ways that a wrongful death can occur, as long as it is proven that the death was caused by negligence or misconduct and that the surviving family members are left with economic issues because of the death. Some common examples of wrongful death cases in Georgia are as follows:
- Killed by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Workplace accidents
- Asbestos of Mesothelioma
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian or bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Defective products
- Slip and fall
- Medical malpractice
Each of these examples has many different scenarios that could lead to wrongful death. In the case of medical malpractice, it is on the surviving family members to prove that the medical professional failed in their duty to provide a reasonable standard of care. In other cases, the civil lawsuit may come alongside a criminal case, in the instance of a DUI that led to a death, or any other situation that resulted from criminal actions.
How Much Can I Sue For Following a Wrongful Death?
There is no set formula to determine what a wrongful death lawsuit award will be. However, there are some guidelines that you can follow to understand what common factors are considered during the case:
Economic damages refer to anything that has an actual dollar attached to it that resulted from the wrongful death. This can include medical expenses, lost income, funeral costs, and any other type of financial factor directly related to the deceased. This includes future losses of financial stability in many cases, something that we will calculate with you to ensure that you are adequately compensated.
In addition to the economic impact that a wrongful death has on a family, there are much wider implications that affect the family emotionally and psychologically. This includes things like the pain and suffering of the deceased before their death, as well as the loss of companionship that the surviving family experiences, depression, and other “intangible” impacts of a death.
Contact Us Today
We understand how stressful this time in your life can be, and we will do all that we can to reduce your legal stress while fighting for you through a civil case.