Savannah, GA asked in Wrongful Death for Georgia

Q: Is suing for wrongful death the same as suing for negligence?

My grandmother recently passed away and we wanted to sue for wrongful death but on the legal papers it says negligence. Are they the same thing? Also can you tell me what Ga code or Ga law you got your answer from?

This is also from nursing home abuse!

You are greatly appreciated!

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1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm very sorry for the loss of your grandmother. The two terms are not exactly the same thing, but they are related in the context of your question. A wrongful death lawsuit could be based on negligence. In other words, negligence would be one of the underlying theories of the wrongful death action. Negligence means that a legal duty existed, and someone suffered damages as a result of a breach of that duty, such as failure to exercise a level of medical care. A Georgia attorney should advise on the code, but it sounds like you may already be working with an attorney, since you mention the term "negligence" in the legal papers you have. But if that isn't the case, you could reach out to attorneys to try to arrange a free initial consult to discuss the matter in greater detail. Good luck

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