Atlanta Wrongful Death Lawyers
The term “wrongful death” concerns any case in which someone’s life has been lost due to the negligence or carelessness of someone or something else. The right to sue for the death of another is generally a right that is created by individual state legislatures. As such, Georgia state laws must be consulted and the attorney must be intricately familiar with these laws before proceeding with a wrongful death in Atlanta.
- Selecting a Wrongful Death Attorney
- Compensation for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
- Who Can File Wrongful Death Lawsuits?
- Accidental Death
In Georgia, the wrongful death statute authorizes a jury to award the party bringing the case the “full value of the life of the decedent.” This means that in Georgia, unlike many other states, the amount of damages in a wrongful death case is the value of the decedent’s life to him or her—not the value of the loss of life to a spouse, parent or child. Thus, when a wrongful death case is being pursued, one of the main jobs of the attorney is to prove the full value of the decedent’s life. This often requires the use of expert witnesses, such as economists, to make calculations concerning loss future income of the decedent, loss of fringe benefits, loss of health insurance, among others.
Atlanta-based lawyers at Henry Spiegel Milling LLP have handled hundreds of wrongful deaths cases for individuals and families over the years and, as such, we completely understand the legal hurdles involved in prosecuting these claims.