What Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Do?
Posted: Sep 07, 2017
Coping with death is indeed traumatic. However, the entire process becomes more intense and doubly painful when the deceased had been killed in a mishap or met his death due to a wrong doing of another person (s). Going on grieving will not give you respite though. You have to seek closure in the most fitting way possible. Go ahead and contact one of the top Georgia wrongful death lawyers and claim your dues through the legal process. However, it is necessary to be aware of a few facts before proceeding with filing of the case.
What is wrongful death?
It is wrongful death when the person loses his life due to the misconduct of person(s) or meets death on account of negligence of another party. The legal beneficiary and dependents of the deceased persons are entitled to compensation to be paid by the ones who caused his/ her death.
Who can be held responsible?
- Medical Establishments – All kinds of malpractices stemming out of negligence or failure to provide proper care in an emergency situation or misdiagnosis or even deliberate wrong doing along with faulty surgical procedures resulting in death can warrant a wrongful death case.
- Anesthesia – Administering a bigger dose or improper dose of anesthesia makes the doctor in charge along with anesthesiologist liable for wrongful death of the patient.
- Vehicle Accidents – The auto as well as the truck companies can be sued for damages when their vehicles are involved in a fatal accident resulting in death of an individual. However, the lawyer has to prove that the automobile in question was being operated with defective parts and the truck driver is found guilty of breaking the regulations of driving a truck.
Amount of Compensation
The money that is awarded to the entitled beneficiaries are based on a few factors. The judge makes the final decisions after going through the information provided by the wronged party. The compensation is usually a lump sum of money that consists of:-
- The last payment / salary / wages that was earned by the now deceased person
- A compensation for loss of an able and trusted companion who looked after the family
- The entire savings made by the individual now no more
- The amount that was needed by the dependants for living properly according to the life style they were habituated to
- The total expenses incurred for medical treatment
- The funeral costs
This article is written by Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson, L.L.P. Team. Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson, LLP, has been representing people with legal needs for over 50 years.