If someone was killed by another person’s negligence or malice, a wrongful death claim allows the family members to collect compensation for their damages. As difficult as it can be to put a monetary value on the life of a loved one, a skilled personal injury attorney can help calculate a fair settlement amount. The final settlement may include compensation for a variety of damage, depending on the circumstances of the case.
The Compensation Available in Wrongful Death Cases
Medical & Burial Expenses
If your loved one required medical care before passing away, the settlement should include compensation for all their health care expenses and the costs of their burial. If the decedent experienced pain before their death, you could also collect the noneconomic damages they would have been eligible for if they’d survived.
If your family relied on the victim for financial support, you could collect compensation for their lost future income. This amount is based on a broad range of factors, including the family member’s health, their age and profession, and how many people relied on them for financial support.
Emotional Pain of Survivors
While Georgia and other states only consider losses experienced by the victim, many jurisdictions allow survivors to pursue damages for their pain, trauma, and loss of companionship. Before filing a wrongful death claim, speak to a local personal injury attorney who will help you understand your rights under state laws.
For nearly 20 years, the personal injury attorneys at The Gil Law Firm have stood up for the rights of accident victims and their families throughout Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. If you’ve lost a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness, they will ensure you get the proper amount of compensation. Learn more about their personal injury services online, follow their Twitter for news and updates, or call (334) 673-0100 to speak with a member of their team.