According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 126,438 unintentional injury deaths in 2010; this was the fifth highest cause of death in the United States. By comparison, there were 33,783 auto accident deaths.
Georgia wrongful death attorney Shane Smith can help a victim's family receive compensation for their loss.
Georgia wrongful death claims are made to establish the "full value of the life of the deceased" and to reimburse an estate for expenses related to the wrongful death.
Establishing the "full value of the life of the deceased" from the perspective of the deceased is a statutory purpose set forth by Georgia statutes. This includes both the deceased's life's economic value and the intangible element incapable of exact proof.
The economic value is an actuarial calculation equivalent to the amount of money the deceased would likely have earned during a full lifetime.
The intangible element is calculated considering non-economic factors such as relationships, altruistic activities and the deceased's general impact on others.
The second wrongful death purpose is the reimbursement owed to the deceased's estate for expenses related to the wrongful death. These include the following:
- Medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury prior to death;
- Conscious pain and suffering prior to death;
- Funeral expenses.
If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death lawyer if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.