In Georgia if you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death such as a drunk driving accident, you may file a claim to recover the damages suffered when such tragedy happens. The amount of damages you can claim will depend on individual circumstances and can vary dramatically from case to case.
In Georgia, the law places no statutory limit on the amount of damages that can be awarded for a wrongful death claim. Generally, a jury determines the amount of damages in a wrongful death suit. The jury may consider the decedent's age, life expectancy, occupation, health condition, spending habits, level of activity, interests, death and surrounding circumstances along with other factors in determining an appropriate damage award.
Some of the specifics that are considered when determining damages are:
- The value of a decedent's life is considered in wrongful death damages. This means that the experiences that the decedent has missed because of an untimely death.
- Pain and suffering suffered by both the decedent and the remaining family. They will look at how long and how much suffering occurred.
- Funeral expenses, medical costs, and other expenses resulting from the loss may also be recovered.
- Punitive damages may be awarded as part of the damages, such as in drunk driving cases where there is a high degree of carelessness involved.
A wrongful death suit may bring both justice and compensation that you are entitled to when you have lost a loved one to an untimely and tragic death. If you have lost a family member in a drunk driving accident, we can help. Call us today, and our experienced DUI victim attorney in Atlanta can sit down for a free consultation with you.