Losing a loved one is never easy, and it can be even more difficult when the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or entity caused their death. In Georgia, a wrongful death lawsuit allows family members to seek compensation for the damages caused by their loved one's death. However, not everyone is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Georgia?
In Georgia, a wrongful death lawsuit can only be filed by the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased person. If there are no surviving spouse, children, or parents, then the administrator or executor of the estate can file the lawsuit on behalf of the next of kin. It's important to note that siblings, grandparents, and other relatives are not eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia.
What Do You Need to Know to Pursue a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
If you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia, there are a few things you need to know before pursuing legal action:
First, you must prove that another person or entity's negligence or wrongful act caused the death. This can include car accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, or intentional harm.
Second, you must be able to show that you suffered damages due to your loved one's death. This includes medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income, and emotional distress.
Finally, it's essential to understand that there is a statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia. You must file a lawsuit two years after your loved one's death. If you miss this deadline, you may lose your right to seek compensation for your damages.
How Can Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC Help?
Losing a loved one is never easy, and pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit can be a complex and emotional. However, if you're eligible to file a lawsuit in Georgia, it can provide you with the financial and emotional support you need during this difficult time. If you have questions about who can file a wrongful death lawsuit or need help pursuing legal action, contact Goldstein Hayes & Lina, LLC, LLC today.