The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports on a tragic car accident that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old boy. According to the AJC, the high school sophomore was driving with a passenger in his car when the single-vehicle collision occurred.
Police have not released much information regarding the accident, and the cause of the collision remains unknown, but the Georgia State Patrol is conducting an investigation. When responders arrived at the scene, they reported that the passenger, who is also a minor, was alert; however, he had to be flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Although many single-vehicle collisions occur due to driver error, there are countless other factors that can contribute to such accidents. For example, The Washington Post reports that automobile manufacturers recalled a record number of cars in 2014, and many of those vehicles had potentially deadly defects.
If you lost a loved one in a collision, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Although no amount of compensation can undo such a tragedy, taking action may help you pay for costs associated with the loss, and it might pave the way for changes that could save the lives of other people.
If you would like to discuss your case with an accident lawyer in Rome, contact The Finnell Firm. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
If your loved one died due to another person's negligent or malicious actions, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. In a wrongful death lawsuit, family members of the deceased pursue compensation from the party that is liable for the victim's death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Only an eligible designated beneficiary can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These include:
● The surviving spouse of the deceased;
● The surviving children of the deceased;
● The surviving parents of the deceased;
● The deceased's next of kin; or
● The administrator or executor of the deceased's estate.
The above parties are in descending order of priority, which typically means surviving parents may only file a wrongful death claim if the deceased had no surviving spouse or children.
What Damages Might I Be Able to Recover in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Depending on the facts of your case, if your loved one was a victim of wrongful death in Georgia, you may be entitled to the following damages:
· Medical expenses incurred by the deceased due to his or her final injury or illness;
· Burial and funeral expenses;
· Lost wages;
· Lost benefits;
· Loss of companionship, care, and support;
· Pain and suffering endured by the deceased; and
· If the person who caused your loved one's death acted with particularly egregious behavior, you may be able to recover punitive damages.
If you recently lost an immediate family member and you think the death was a direct result of someone else's negligence, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Attorney Robert Finnell will evaluate your case, gather evidence, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Rome.