If you have lost a loved one due to the carelessness or recklessness of another person, you may be in a position to file a wrongful death suit against the person at fault. Even though your loved one can never be replaced and the pain that you and your family felt can never be taken away, sometimes just knowing that the person responsible for the death of your loved one is being held accountable for their actions can help bring about some closure. Roughly 20 automobile accident deaths occur each year in Jackson County, Georgia, and in many of those cases, the families of the deceased are left helpless and frustrated. If you would like to file a suit, Jackson County wrongful death attorney Charles Scholle will fight to make sure justice is achieved and get any financial compensation that you are entitled to in this time.
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.