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What is "wrongful death" and how can I file a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit for the DUI death of my loved one?


A wrongful death is any death that is caused by a careless, negligent, reckless or wrongful act. A drunk driver is careless, negligent, reckless, and acting wrongly; if a drunk driver causes a DUI death in Georgia, the family of the victim has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit seeks to compensate the family of the victim for their loss.

Under Georgia law, the family of a DUI victim may seek compensation for the “full value of the life of the decedent”. This includes the economic value of the victim’s life including any unearned wages as well as the non-economic value of the life including enjoyment of living. Other compensation includes damages for medical bills, funeral costs, and any pain and suffering that the victim suffered before death.

If you would like to pursue a Georgia wrongful death claim for the loss of your loved one, the first step is to consult an Atlanta DUI victim attorney. The attorney will be able to determine if you have a claim, and when you should file based on the statute of limitations. For more information, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 866-976-1629.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia