If your loved one suffered a fatal accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The first step is to understand wrongful death claims, and what they can help you receive if you have a viable case. Once you know this, you can start to build your case to seek compensation for your loved one’s death. 

What you Need to Know about Georgia Wrongful Death Claims 

In a wrongful death claim, attorneys attempt to prove that the accident that killed your loved one was the fault of the party you are trying to sue. Attorneys must also prove that the loved ones filing the claim have incurred significant financial repercussions because of the death of their loved one. 

Some of the economic damages that many loved ones receive compensation for in a wrongful death suit include: 

  • medical bills;
  • funeral costs;
  • anticipated earnings;
  • pension plans and medical coverage;
  • loss of Inheritance;
  • loss of  value of goods and services; and
  • loss of consortium. 


While punitive damages are rare, in extreme cases loved ones may receive compensation for their emotional suffering. Attorneys in this case must be able to prove that the party at fault for the accident deliberately intended on causing the accident, which led to the death. 

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim 

To prevent everyone from filing a wrongful death suit for anyone they know that dies from an accident, the law outlines that only certain people can pursue legal action for wrongful death. 

To file a wrongful death suit, you must be the victim’s: 

  • parent;
  • sibling;
  • grandparent;
  • life partner;
  • financial dependent;
  • spouse;
  • aunt; and
  • uncle. 


A court may consider allowing someone who has suffered great financial repercussions from a loved one’s wrongful death. To find out if you are entitled to compensation for your loved one’s death, contact an experienced wrongful death attorney in Fayette County. 

How to Start Your Wrongful Death Claim 

By contacting a wrongful death attorney in FayetteCounty, you can begin gathering the evidence needed for a strong wrongful death claim. Having an experienced attorney on your side can increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve. Contact a wrongful death attorney in Fayette County by calling Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999. For information on how to avoid mistakes that could ruin your Georgia wreck case, click here for a free guide

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