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Who Can Collect Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim?


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12/17/2012
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When negligent actions result in a fatal crash, compensation may be available. To learn if you are entitled to recover compensation for damages in a particular case, contact a wrongful death claim attorney inAtlanta. 

Parties Entitled to a Wrongful Death Award 

Most wrongful death lawsuits are brought by immediate family members such as parents, spouses and children, who are wrongful death dependents. 

Generally, the surviving spouse has a right to file a claim, and in the absence of a spouse, surviving children may file the claim. If there is no spouse and no children, then the surviving parents may file a claim, and then if there are no parents, the estate administrator may file the claim. 

Minor children may be entitled to some of the recovery, although they will not actually file the lawsuit. A wrongful death award also may be available to others who were financially dependent on the deceased. An attorney can review the circumstances of your case to determine which parties may be entitled to receive compensation. 

It’s also important to consult legal counsel to learn how Georgia negligence laws may impact your eventual recovery, especially if your loved one was found to be partially at fault.  

Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith 

To learn more, seek a consultation with the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 1-404-513-5415. We can evaluate if you or others may be eligible to recover damages stemming from a wrongful death. 



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