Losing loved ones is hard. It is never easy to say goodbye to someone you love dearly due to sickness or old age. However, to have a loved one taken from you because of the action of someone else so much harder.
If you have recently found yourself in this situation, you might be dealing with a wrongful death case.
Wrongful Death occurs when someone loses their life due to recklessness, negligence, intentional, or criminal acts of another person or entity.
These situations can leave families devastated and overwhelmed with stress and confusion. If you are not sure your situation is a wrongful death case, click here to learn more about Wrongful Death in the State of Georgia.
When it comes to dealing with the after-effects of a wrongful death it is important for the families of the victims to understand that it is okay to ask questions about compensation. It is okay to want to be compensated for the loss of your spouse, parent, or child. There are different damages that you are able to sue for in the State of Georgia.
Wrongful Death Damages That You Can Sue for in the State of Georgia
There are three types of damages that may be available to you in a wrongful death lawsuit. These damages are economic, non-economic, and punitive.
Economic Damages: There damages are the financial contributions that the victim would have normally been able to provide to the surviving family had they not passed away. These damages include the following:
- Loss of expected earnings
- Loss of benefits, such as pension plans or medical coverage
- Loss of inheritance due to the untimely death
- The total value of the goods and services that the victim would have provided
- Medical costs that incurred to the injury that caused the death of the victim
- Expenses involving the medical and funeral care that is connected to the death
Non-Economic Damages: These types of damages are less tangible; however, they tend to have a significantly higher value over the economic damages because emotions are involved. These types of damages include:
- Damages to the survivors’ mental anguish or pain and suffering
- Loss of care, protection, advice, training, guidance, and nurturing from the deceased
- Loss of love and companionship
- Loss of consortium with a spouse
Punitive Damages: In the State of Georgia these damages are specifically
awarded to survivors of the deceased in order to punish the defendant for bad conduct. These types of damages are not common, and often hard to receive when against certain defendants such as government agencies.
However, these damages can sometimes be worth up to three times the actual amount of damages in situations that involve elder abuse and death in nursing homes.
If someone you love recently lost their life due to the negligent actions of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. We know that no amount of money will ever be able to replace the life of your loved one, but it can help to relieve the financial burden.
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