Money can never make up for the loss of a life. Children and other loved ones rely on the love and companionship of their families. A sudden, unexpected death can be an event from which someone does not recover. Money can, however, guarantee the standard of living they enjoyed while a wage-earner was alive will continue.
Claims for wrongful death often begin with a lawsuit filed in civil court. This can lead to a courtroom appearance with an impaneled jury to determine if someone had liability in the death in question. But some parties are more difficult to sue than others.
Georgia, like many other states, has the doctrine of sovereign immunity to protect its government. This doctrine means that county governments or institutions in Atlanta cannot be directly sued in the case of wrongful death lawsuits or personal injury claims.
This law may have helped the plaintiffs in a wrongful death case against the city of Augusta decide to accept a settlement offered by the municipal government. The case regarded the death of a 12-year-old boy killed by an electric fence without proper grounding equipment. An observer said that the case may have been dismissed in court due to sovereign immunity if the settlement had not been accepted.
An attorney can help counsel people in the difficult position of filing a wrongful death lawsuit on the best way to get the compensation they need to move on. Legal counsel can add a useful perspective when it’s hard to make the right calls. No one should have to go through this alone.