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Wrongful death involving children, elderly and vulnerable adults

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2023 | Wrongful Death

Wrongful death lawsuits in Georgia allow you to seek civil actions against someone for causing a death of a loved one. Children, the elderly and vulnerable adults often become victims in wrongful death cases due to their reliance upon others. In many cases, these types of cases involve caretakers.

Financial compensation

Wrongful death cases allow you to fight for “pecuniary losses.” These types of losses may cover the following:

• Burial costs

• Funeral expenses

• Medical bills

• Lost wages

• Loss of companionship

• Emotional trauma and loss of companionship

Wrongful death lawsuits involving children

Childcare neglect and abuse often contribute to wrongful deaths of children. Drowning, motor vehicle accidents and medical negligence also contribute to children’s wrongful deaths. In the case of adults, a wrongful death lawsuit often takes into consideration the financial loss created by the death. For children, juries may consider the potential life that the child could have had if they had lived.

Specific considerations taken into account during a wrongful death trial involving children include:

• Age

• Estimated life expectancy

• General health and medical status

• Relationship of the child to the person filing the suit

Wrongful death of elderly or vulnerable adults

Wrongful death lawsuits involving the elderly or vulnerable adults often involve nursing home negligence or medical malpractice. Consider these examples of common causes of wrongful death lawsuits involving the elderly or vulnerable adults:

• Abuse

• Medication mistakes

• Misdiagnosis

• Neglect

Outside of nursing homes and medical facilities, the following situations commonly result in wrongful deaths of elderly and vulnerable adults:

• Auto accidents

• Workplace injuries

• Product defects

• Slip, trip and fall accidents

No lawsuit will take away the pain that you experience after the loss of a loved one. Instead, wrongful death lawsuits often allow you to hold the people responsible for your loved one’s death accountable.