When someone is killed by a drunk driver, distracted driver, or reckless driver, that person is a victim; however, the family members of that person who died are also victims of the needless crash. Sadly, family members are not given the chance to say goodbye or mentally prepare for the death of their loved one. Because of this, family members of the deceased are left in a state of shock that can turn into denial, anger, sorrow and sadness.
Sadly, families can be so devastated by the unexpected loss that they may never see beyond their anger. Coming to terms with their new reality can be overwhelming and sickening. In fact, many victims who have lost their loved ones due to negligent and reckless drivers never completely accept their new reality and long for the way things used to be. There is no question that these families are victims—seriously affected emotionally.
How Families Are Victimized in a Wrongful Death
Not only are families left with emotional scars due to wrongful deaths, but families who have lost loved ones are often affected financially. When parents, children, or spouses are left without their husband, wife, mom, dad, son, or daughter, sometimes they do not have enough money to cover expenses. For example, if the person who died contributed to the household income, the rest of the family may be at a financial loss—not knowing how they are going to make ends meet. Some grieving family members are so shaken up about their loved one’s death that they cannot do anything or even hold down a job.
When families are affected emotionally and financially, they need to bring a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit against the person responsible for their loss. However, our law firm understands that the last thing on grieving family members’ minds is a lawsuit, but time is of the essence due to the statute of limitations in place.
Many families don’t believe they should receive money from the death of their family member, so they do nothing. While we know that wrongful death is a sensitive topic, as you cannot put a price tag on the life a family member, we also know that victimized families can suffer financially into the future including not being able to afford to pay for a child’s college education and wedding, or to save for their own retirement.
Victimized families should hold the careless person responsible for his or her actions on behalf of the wrongful death victim. Contact an experienced Fayette County wrongful death attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith today to discuss your rights to a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit in a free consultation at 770.487.8999.