Obtaining Justice For A Wrongful Death
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, first let us say how sorry we are for your loss. Losing a loved one is always painful, but when that loss could have been prevented, the death can be even more difficult to accept. A wrongful death lawsuit may give you the opportunity to obtain justice on behalf of the deceased, as well as serve the practical purpose of covering expenses you have incurred.
Many people wonder how you can put a value on a lost loved one. Of course, nothing can truly compensate you for your loss, but the purpose of a wrongful death case is to cover some of the financial burden you have suffered, such as medical and funeral expenses, as well as a symbolic recovery for the emotional pain your family has gone through. Such cases are complicated to prepare and require professional guidance.
At Cathey & Strain, LLC, we have four decades of experience helping families through personal injury cases, including wrongful death. We understand the difficult emotions involved in bringing a lawsuit like this. We will guide you through your case with compassion, focusing on the issues important to you and your family.
Recovery In A Wrongful Death Case
In Georgia, the measure of damages in a wrongful death case is “the full value of the life” of the decedent. This is unique compared with many states, and every state has a different law in this regard. In Georgia, a wrongful death recovery involves both the tangible/economic elements of damages as well as intangible/human factors of damages as viewed from the perspective of the decedent. We always evaluate economic losses using a well-credentialed economist or actuary.
If your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury prior to death, such as brain damage or paralysis, you may have had to seek help with guardianships, life-care plans, special needs trusts or Medicare/Medicaid subrogation. The attorneys at Cathey & Strain, LLC know how to thoroughly evaluate every aspect of your case to recover the full amount of damages you deserve.