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.
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:
• 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:
• Medication mistakes
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.