A wrongful death lawsuit is designed to compensate the surviving family members of a homicide victim. Under Georgia law, a spouse may file a wrongful death claim, and if the victim had no spouse, that right falls to the victim’s children. A wrongful death claim exists separate and apart from any lawsuit that may be filed by the victim’s estate—that is, on behalf of the victim.
Felio v. Hyatt
Wrongful death cases are often difficult to bring against government employees, who enjoy a broad degree of immunity for their official acts. But such claims are not impossible. A recent decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta offers a useful illustration.