Jackson County Wrongful Death
In most cases in Georgia, immediate family members are the ones eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These family members are referred to as the “distributes,” and are usually the wife or husband of the deceased, or in cases when there is no surviving spouse, the children or parents may bring forward the claim. However, in some unique circumstances, other relatives may be able to proceed with a claim on the behalf of their loved one.
Under Georgia law, the surviving family may seek compensation for medical bills for personal injuries like brain injury, funeral expenses, and any pain and suffering the negligent party has caused. Additionally, punitive damages may be an option if it is apparent that there was intent by the responsible party to cause harm. In some cases, families have been awarded thousands and hundreds of thousands in compensation.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, in order to obtain any compensation, one must be able to show four elements, which are the death of a human being, proof that the death was brought on by the negligence or intention of another person or company, the financial burden placed on surviving family members as a result of the death, and the appointment of a personal representative for the deceased’s estate.
If you think that you may have a valid wrongful death claim, getting in touch with an experienced wrongful death attorney for a case review is an important first step. Contact Scholle Law today to discuss your wrongful death case today.