An Eatonton, Georgia, homeowner was recently named in a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a 25-year-old woman who was electrocuted on his property. While the homeowner says that the accident was a tragedy, he maintains that the woman was trespassing and that he is not responsible for her death.
This case illustrates the complexity of some wrongful death lawsuits. The Telegraph reported that the woman and her friend were swimming in the lake that borders the defendant’s home. She allegedly swam up to a dock on the man’s property and was electrocuted when she touched an outlet box or a wire.
Her family alleges that the homeowner was negligent for failing to take measures to prevent an electrocution and make the area safe. However, he maintains that his dock didn’t have any bare wires to cause an electrocution. Also, his property has a chain blocking the driveway specifically to keep people out.
When Is A Death ‘Wrongful?’
A wrongful death occurs when someone dies as a result of someone else’s negligence. However, as this case shows, proving negligence can be a challenge – especially when the decedent may have been partially at fault.
Wrongful death cases require a thorough investigation that must begin quickly so that documents can be obtained and witnesses interviewed before memories fade. That’s why is important to consult with an experienced and aggressive wrongful death lawyer if you have lost a loved one in an accident that someone else caused.
Compensation In A Georgia Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Generally two types of damages are available in a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit – economic and non-economic.
Economic damages can include:
- Loss of an inheritance
- Loss of medical coverage benefits
- Loss of pension benefits
- Loss of the victim’s expected earnings
- Medical, funeral and burial expenses
- Overall value of the goods and services that a victim would have provided
Non-economic damages can include:
- Compensation for the survivors’ mental anguish or pain and suffering caused by the death
- Loss of the care, advice, protection, guidance, training and nurturing the deceased would have provided
- Loss of love, society and companionship the deceased would have provided
- Loss of consortium
While losing a loved one is never easy, it’s important for surviving spouses and family members to keep in mind that Georgia wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within a certain time, known as the statute of limitations. The time limit can be as little as two years from the date of your loved one’s death.
For more than 50 years, the Mann Law Firm has been helping surviving family members obtain the compensation they deserve in cases of wrongful death. Call our Georgia injury attorneys today at 855-577-4836 or use our online form for a free case evaluation.
We serve clients throughout the Middle Georgia, Macon, Dublin, Warner Robins and Milledgeville areas.