Wrongful Death: What Is The Value Of A Life?

The law in the State of Georgia, allows loved ones to file a cause of action, referred to as a Wrongful Death Lawsuit, if they have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another person or entity.

Wrongful death claims can arise out of many types of situations such as auto accidents, workplace accidents or doctor negligence, just to name a few. Such actions can never bring a loved one back, but it can provide financial support today and in the years to come.

Many loved ones often wonder how much they can recover for the death of a spouse, parent or child. After all — how do you put a dollar amount on a human life?

Calculating Damages In A Georgia Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Before a family member can recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, he or she must prove that the at-fault party owed a duty of care to the decedent, the party breached that duty of care, and that breach of the duty of care caused the death of the decedent.

If this is proven, the plaintiff can request damages equal to the value of the decedent's life that was lost.

Families can recover compensation for economic losses such as medical expenses, lost wages or loss of earning capacity. However, damages are not strictly limited to economic loss. Noneconomic or intangible damages such as loss of consortium, are also recoverable.

But how do you determine a recoverable dollar amount for a child who has lost his/her parent in a tragic accident? It is often up to the judge or jury to decide.

The Importance Of Hiring The Right Lawyer

Therefore, it is important that if you or a loved one wishes to file a wrongful death lawsuit that you seek legal counsel who understands the law and how to show that the value of a life beyond economical losses.

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, in Atlanta, we will fight to make sure you are compensated for every aspect relating to the loss of a loved one: The birthdays that are missed, the weddings that are missed, the future children that are missed, the college graduation days, first days of school, and all the things that are missed that make life worth living. Our attorneys have handled wrongful death cases in Georgia involving many different situations.

We invite you to reach out to our legal team to talk more about your situation, the law and how we can help recover for your loved one's fatal injuries.

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Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers by emailing [email protected]. We also offer contingency fee arrangements which mean you pay nothing until we recover damages for you and your family. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

You, our client, are our first priority. We will do whatever is necessary to help get you the full compensation you deserve under Georgia law.