What Damages Can You Recover in Your Georgia or South Carolina Wrongful Death Claim?

Losing a loved one because of the negligent, willful, or reckless behavior of another person is devastating. It is tragic knowing that a person’s life was cut short in an entirely preventable manner.

On top of the sadness and pain experienced when losing a loved one, death is also often accompanied by serious financial issues. Perhaps the deceased contributed significantly to your household’s income, or was the sole provider for your family. Many families are not only left grieving, but also wondering how their family will make ends meet without the income or the person that they lost.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits: Making a Family Whole Financially

While there is no amount of money that can fill the emptiness left by your deceased loved one, ensuring that your family is financially secure following your loss is very important. This is the aim of a wrongful death claim, which seeks to compensate the family of the deceased for expenses related to their death, as well as potential future earnings.

In Georgia, wrongful death claims are categorized into two separate claims, meant to compensate the surviving family and the estate. The estate of the deceased can file a claim to recover financial losses related to the death, including:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased

The surviving family members can file a claim in order to recover a financial amount related to the value of the person’s life, in both tangible monetary amounts (such as lost benefits and potential future earnings) as well as compensation for intangible loss, such as loss of care, companionship, and consortium.

South Carolina is bit more straightforward, and the same compensation can be recovered under one single wrongful death claim. In both states, in particularly heinous willful or reckless acts, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the offender.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or willful act of another, your family deserves compensation for your emotional and financial losses. To discuss your case with an attorney, contact our office today by phone, live chat, or our online contact form.