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In the state of Georgia, parties entitled to file a wrongful death claim are:

  • The Spouse
  • Any Surviving Children
  • The Parents of the Deceased

A representative of the estate can also file a claim on behalf of next of kin if such a representative was established by the decedent prior to his or her passing.

In Georgia, the spouse is always given the first opportunity to file a wrongful death claim. If there are children, this claim must include their interests. If there is no spouse, children may bring suit, including adopted children. If neither spouse nor children have survived the deceased, a parent may file a wrongful death claim – even if the victim was an adult.

Wrongful Death Damages

Damages in a wrongful death claim may include:

  • End of life medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Projected future wages
  • Loss of companionship
  • Emotional duress

Each wrongful death claim is different and must be centered on the needs of the family. We are here to listen to your story and provide you with useful information about the best path forward.


Wrongful death is an incredibly complex area of law. In order to establish that damages are owed, it must first be established that the deceased was a victim of wrongful death. This often requires accident reconstruction, comprehensive reviews of medical records, and the assistance of multiple experts and professionals to truly ascertain.

Our firm has a long and proud history of securing large verdicts and settlements for families dealing with the untimely loss of a loved one. We have handled wrongful death cases revolving around car accidents, medical malpractice, unmaintained premises, dangerous products, and more. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you for free, listen to your concerns, and help you understand your options.

To schedule your complimentary case review, please call us at 404-760-7400 today. Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King maintains two Atlanta area offices. We work for families living throughout the state of Georgia.