What the Statistics on Wrongful Death in Georgia Tell Us
More individuals in the U.S. die in accidents compared to any other type of event. The National Safety Council reports that someone is killed in this country every 5 minutes, due to the negligence of malevolent or inattentive individuals. According to statistics, 101,500 decedents at least died this way in 2013 in the U.S. (Source: CDC Website Accidental Deaths or Injuries.) Automobile accidents lead the list. That is followed by things such as being burned in house fires and other fires, smoke inhalation, choking on food, food poisoning and slips and falls.
What is the Typical Financial Compensation for Survivors of Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death victims’ “survivor” or family is entitled to recover the monetary equivalent of the loss of affection, love and financial support. That could include money for things such as funeral expenses, other out-of-pocket expenses, car payments, house payments, child’s college costs and expenses loss of the decedent’s income.
It isn’t possible to bring the individual back who has lost his or her life, but our lawyers help mitigate the financial loss survivors will endure. Over the years, we have dealt with many of these types of cases, and we can help take care of your case as well. You can trust in our experienced professionals who have the knowledge and expertise to bring the offending party to justice for the wrongs they have committed and provide compensation to the victims for their loss.
Who is Paid for Wrongful Death and How?
Survivors paid include parents, siblings, children, and in some cases grandparents. The judge, in some cases, might appoint a conservator to sue on behalf of the survivors. Conservators are individuals who stand in someone else’s shoes. Usually, those representatives have power of attorney. A probate judge appoints and approves them. After a settlement or verdict has been reached, the proceeds get disbursed. The money is typically held in trust for minors, until a young plaintiff reaches adulthood. In the case of a senior with some form of dementia, the funds will be dispersed by a court supervised trustee on behalf of the person on an as needed basis.