Wrongful Death Damages
Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving the Atlanta Area
Suffering a tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one can be a painfully
emotional experience. Suffering the unexpected loss of a loved one due
to the negligence of another can be even more painful. If you’ve
suffered from a tragedy like this, you may be able to recover “the
full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the
necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he/she lived.”
Type of Wrongful Death Damages
Survivors of the decedent may be eligible to collect compensation for medical
bills, funeral expenses, and if applicable punitive damages.
Damages that survivors of the deceased can claim in a
wrongful death lawsuit:
- Loss of work or retirement benefits
- Loss of future wages
- Compensation for the deceased’s suffering, prior to their death
- Pain and suffering on the surviving family
- Loss of relationship compensation for a child, spouse or parent
Who is Eligible to Collect Wrongful Death Damages?
Georgia’s state laws clearly define who may be eligible to pursue
a wrongful death lawsuit. Only the following people may recover compensation:
- Spouse of the decedent
- If no spouse, then the children
- If no spouse or children, then the living parents of the decedent
- If no spouse, children or parents, then the administrator of the decedent’s estate
Distributing Wrongful Death Damages
As mentioned in the list above, the first beneficiary is always the spouse
of the decedent. If the decedent is survived by a spouse and three children
than that spouse is responsible for distributing damages to their children.
In Georgia, the spouse gets 1/3 of the damages. For example, if the decedent
was survived by their spouse and two children, then the spouse would keep
1/3 of the damages and he/she would distribute the remaining 2/3 to their
children. However, if the decedent is survived solely by their spouse,
then the spouse is entitled to keep 100% of any amount recovered in their
wrongful death case.
Get Legal Advice from an Atlanta Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
Our compassionate wrongful death attorneys at
Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. can help you get the compensation you need to help rebuild your life.
We can come to your home, office or hospital and are available 24/7 to
Contact our firm to schedule your free consultation.