People die in car crashes every day, often leaving behind people who love and depend on them. Some of those people die right at the scene of the crash, while others may suffer severe injuries that cause ongoing medical issues. Sudden deaths can be harder for a family to adjust to, while slow deaths as a result of severe injuries can produce their own kinds of hardship, including extensive medical costs.
Internal bleeding and traumatic brain injuries can both result in someone dying days or even weeks after a crash took place, despite intensive medical care ranging from surgery to life support services. If you have just spent countless hours in a trauma care center, intensive care unit or rehabilitative hospital hoping that your loved one would recover despite the severity of their injuries, learning that they passed away can be a profound shock.
Too many people allow their grief and mourning to run the show after the loss of a loved one, potentially limiting their rights in the future once they begin to recognize all of the practical implications their loss will have on their life. If your loved one has died after a crash because of injuries they suffered in a collision, you may have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver responsible.
How does a wrongful death lawsuit work?
Under Georgia state law, either surviving dependents, including spouses and children, or a representative of the estate of the deceased can bring a lawsuit against a driver who caused a crash that eventually claimed the life of someone else.
The law allows for those surviving dependents to seek the full value of life for the deceased, providing that they take action within two years. The full value of someone’s life can include their entire earning potential, including benefits from their job, as well as future increases in earning potential due to a lucrative or promising career.
The amount that people seek in such a lawsuit must reflect the provable circumstances of someone’s life, which means that there must be supporting documentation for income and other considerations that influence the amount of the claim. That documentation, combined with information about the crash and the injuries it caused the deceased, can potentially result in a ruling that connects surviving family members with compensation for their tragic loss.