• What to Do if a Loved One is Killed in a Fatal Car Accident
  • January 16, 2019 | Author: Graham Scofield
  • Law Firm: Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC - Atlanta Office
  • It is devastating to lose someone that you love in a fatal car accident. You might have lost the bread winner of your household. A child. Or, someone that has enriched your life. You might feel that you will never be able to recover from your loss.

    If you’ve lost someone that you love in a fatal car accident, we urge you to contact a car accident lawyer. For nearly three decades, the attorneys at Allen & Scofield have represented families that have lost their children, spouses, and loved ones. We understand that when you’re grief-stricken, it’s difficult to make any decisions because your mind is occupied with sorrow. Our goal is to ease your suffering by listening to your story and helping you find your voice, so that your family can recover the compensation that it deserves.

    Two Types of Wrongful Death Claims That Can be Filed After a Fatal Car Accident

    The first type of wrongful death claim is designed to provide compensation for the “full value of the decedent’s life.” According to Georgia Code § 51-4-1, “full value of the life of the decedent,” means full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had she/he lived. This claim is filed by the surviving spouse, child, or parent of the deceased person. The claimant can recover monetary compensation for economic and non-economic damages, including:

    • Lost wages and benefits
  • Lost future earning capacity