The foundation of a wrongful death lawsuit is that family members who depended on the deceased for financial or emotional support can collect compensation from the responsible person and his or her insurance company for the wrongful death of their loved one. The idea behind this type of lawsuit is that it gives relatives a way to collect damages for their loved one’s untimely death.
A wrongful death in Roswell or anywhere throughout Georgia may be determined based on:
- A reckless act, such as texting while driving, careless driving, or drunk driving
- A negligent act, like giving a patient the wrong drugs or an overdose
Common examples of Roswell wrongful death lawsuits include accidental deaths caused by work-related accidents, medical malpractice, or automobile accidents.
If a family member died because of a reckless or negligent act by another person, the surviving relatives—primarily the surviving spouse and children—have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit would be sought through the civil court system, not the criminal court. During this process, the family of the deceased would be awarded an amount of damages for the wrongful death of their loved one.
The family will have to prove that someone else’s actions caused their loved one to die and that they suffered financial and emotional damages as a result of the death. Once these things are established, family members will be able to collect compensation for funeral costs, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you believe that your family member’s death was caused by another person’s negligence or recklessness, please call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 to find out more about filing a Roswell wrongful death lawsuit. The initial case consultation is complimentary, so call today.