Pursuant to Georgia law, there are two distinct claims that may be brought in conjunction with wrongful death. The first claim is the claim created by statute for the wrongful death of the person. This claim establishes the “full value of the life of the deceased” from the perspective of the deceased, which includes both the economic value of the deceased’s life and also the intangible element incapable of exact proof. The economic value is basically the amount of money the deceased would likely have earned had he or she lived until natural death. The intangible element is related to the non-economic factors such as relationships, altruistic activities, and the general impact the person had on surrounding persons.
The second claim related to wrongful death is the claim held by the Estate of the deceased. This claim would include things such as medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury prior to death, conscious pain and suffering prior to death, and funeral expenses.