Wrongful death lawsuits are a kind of civil action that can protect those who lose a loved one unexpectedly and punish those who cause harm to others. A successful wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia can compensate surviving family members for the loss of someone’s income and medical expenses in addition to certain other losses.
Cases involving criminal activity or negligence may provide people with the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Some families take for granted the idea that they can seek economic justice in the Georgia civil courts.
They might make the mistake of waiting too long to consult with an attorney and take the matter to civil court.
Georgia limits civil litigation
There are numerous rules restricting wrongful death lawsuits in Georgia. Not only are there rules about who can file and for what reasons, but there are also restrictions on when people can file. A statute of limitations reduces how long people have to take legal action after certain experiences.
With rare exceptions for unique scenarios, Georgia imposes a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits. Those who wait more than two years after the passing of a loved one to take legal action may lose their rights to request compensation for their losses.
While it can take months or years to process grief, people should not wait until they feel comfortable with their tragedy to take legal action. That delay might mean that they become unable to file a lawsuit against the business or individual who caused their loved one’s death.
Understanding the laws that apply to wrongful death lawsuits in Georgia can make a big difference to those grieving the death of a loved one.