Wrongful Death Claims in Georgia | What to Know

If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, you may want to consider your legal options. Read on and reach out to our skilled Atlanta wrongful death lawyer today to learn more. We are on your side.

Who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim in Georgia?

It is important to recognize that in the state of Georgia, not just anyone can file a wrongful death claim. If the decedent is married, his or her spouse is entitled to bring a wrongful death claim. If the decedent was not married, his or her surviving children may bring a claim. In the event that the decedent was not married and did not have any children, the decedent’s surviving parents may file a joint wrongful death claim. If the decedent was unmarried with no surviving children or parents at the time of his or her passing, the administrator of his or her estate is entitled to bring a wrongful death claim.

What can be recovered for this type of claim?

If an individual or family wins their wrongful death claim, they will recover damages to help compensate them for any burdens they’ve endured. Our firm recognizes that any compensation you receive can never fill the void left by your loved one, however, it should at least provide you with relief knowing justice has been served. There are two types of compensation that can be obtained: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include the following:

  • The cost of medical treatment your loved one received before passing away
  • The cost of funeral expenses
  • The cost of any lost wages your family has endured because of your loved one’s passing
  • Loss of retirement benefits

Non-economic damages aim to compensate an individual for the following:

  • Loss of companionship or guidance provided by a parent or spouse
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress

What is the statute of limitations in Georgia?

The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Georgia is usually two years. Keep in mind, though, depending on the situation, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims can be as quick as six months and as long as six years. Even though entering a legal claim is the last thing you and your family will want to become involved in during a time like this, the sooner you start the process, the better off you will be. Give our firm a call today to learn more about how our legal team can best help you.


Jones & Jones has helped hundreds of clients throughout the years, handling both injury and criminal matters across the state of Georgia. Whether you need an Atlanta personal injury lawyer or a fierce criminal defense attorney, we are ready to protect your rights and future. Contact The Jones & Jones Law Group today.

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