Wrongful Death Attorney Serving Atlanta, Georgia
Death Due to Negligence: Can You File a Wrongful Death Suit?
A loved one&'s death is always tragic. However, the pain of losing a family member can be even harder to bear if they’ve died due to the negligence of another. This includes fatalities caused by:
Motor vehicle or airplane accidents
If you’ve lost a loved one through someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible to file a wrongful death suit and obtain monetary compensation.
Death Caused by Negligence: The Elements of a Claim
When someone dies as a result of another’s negligence, this usually triggers a criminal trial.
However, the surviving members of the deceased’s family may also file a civil suit for wrongful death. You need to prove that your family member died as a result of another’s negligence or intentional behavior.
To establish negligence, you would further need to show that the other party owed the deceased a duty of care but failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances.
Finally, there should be a personal representative for the victim’s estate. They are the only party that can bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of the estate.
What Damages Can You Obtain in a Wrongful Death Suit?
You may be able to get damages for:
Loss of financial support
Loss of services
Loss of prospects of inheritance
Loss of consortium
Medical and funeral expenses
Your loved one’s pain and suffering
Any such award belongs to the estate. It may then pass to other parties, as per the decedent’s will.
Did You Lose a Family Member Due to Another’s Negligence?
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