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Do I Have a Wrongful Death Claim? I Wrongful Death Grantville

Coweta County Wrongful Death Claims Need Help of Grantville Attorney

Based on statistics from 2005, the Centers for Disease Control found that wrongful deaths, along with car accidents, cost taxpayers of Georgia nearly $1.5 billion. Across America wrongful death claims from car accidents totaled nearly $41 billion.

While car accidents are a big cause of wrongful death claims, there are many other scenarios that may present you and your family with a wrongful death claim in Grantville or elsewhere in Georgia. Other reasons someone in Coweta County is permitted to pursue a wrongful death claim is when their family member dies due to:

  • Medical mistakes
  • Homicide
  • Unsafe products
  • Mass transportation deaths
  • Slip and fall accidents

The Law Offices of Shane Smith is extremely experienced in helping the families of victims of a wrongful death. We understand that losing a loved one, especially at an untimely and through such tragic circumstances is even more tragic than normal. Coweta wrongful death attorney Shane Smith has helped families of wrongful death victims fight for the justice their deceased family member deserves. Your wrongful death attorney will help you obtain closure for your loved one.

After you get news of your loved one’s wrongful death, the last thing on your mind is pursuing a wrongful death claim. However, if you wait too long, the statute of limitations might expire. Georgia State law has many factors that determine individual wrongful death claims:

  • Cause of death
  • Type of defendant (business, government entity, etc.)
  • Case specific factors

What Type of Damages are Available in a Coweta Wrongful Death Claim?

While the exact types of damages recoverable in a Georgia wrongful death claim cannot be determined until your case is reviewed, there are some general guidelines that your attorney will be able to follow. Based on O.C.G.A. §51-4-1 the decedent’s family member can seek, “the full value of the life of the decedent for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he lived.” While there is no “formula” to determine the exact value of a person’s life to a penny, a court will enable survivors to have a chance to recover expenses and income lost because of the deceased family member’s premature death. However, there are some examples that can help quantify what is the “full value” of the decedent’s life:

  • Loss of a pension or similar retirement benefits
  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of life-time income
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages against the responsible party or parties if circumstances exist

Since your family’s situation is unique, determining the exact damages available to you would only be possible after speaking with a wrongful death attorney. Your wrongful death claim attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith in Coweta County will be able to determine many things about your claim:

  • Which family member is best suited to file it
  • Who is legally entitled to what assets
  • The exact time-frame of your case’s statute of limitations

By speaking with an attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith, you will get an objective appraisal of your case and understand what your next steps should be if you decide to pursue a wrongful death claim.

Don’t wait any longer to understand how you can obtain justice for your deceased loved on. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free legal consultation at (888) 927-6955.  


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia