2021 Georgia Code
Title 51 - Torts
Chapter 4 - Wrongful Death
§ 51-4-1. Definitions

Universal Citation: GA Code § 51-4-1 (2021)

As used in this chapter, the term:

  1. "Full value of the life of the decedent, as shown by the evidence" means the full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he lived.
  2. "Homicide" includes all cases in which the death of a human being results from a crime, from criminal or other negligence, or from property which has been defectively manufactured, whether or not as the result of negligence.

(Ga. L. 1887, p. 43, § 1; Civil Code 1895, § 3829; Civil Code 1910, § 4425; Ga. L. 1924, p. 60, § 2; Code 1933, §§ 105-1301, 105-1308; Ga. L. 1978, p. 2218, § 2.)

Law reviews.

- For article, "Economic Evaluation of Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation," see 19 Ga. St. B. J. 60 (1982). For annual survey of law of torts, see 38 Mercer L. Rev. 351 (1986). For article, "Problems in Calculating and Awarding Compensatory Damages for Wrongful Death Under the Federal Tort Claims Act," see 36 Emory L.J. 149 (1987). For article, "The Discount Rate in Georgia Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Damage Calculations," see 13 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 431 (1997). For article, "Calculating Economic Damages in Georgia Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases," see 22 Ga. St. B. J. 18 (2017). For comment on Rogers v. Hime, 76 Ga. App. 523, 46 S.E.2d 367 (1948), see 11 Ga. B. J. 75 (1948). For comment on Complete Auto Transit Co. v. Floyd, 249 F.2d 396 (5th Cir. 1957), holding that a statute which, if applied, would subject the defendant to double recovery of medical and funeral expenses was unconstitutional as against that defendant because it deprives the defendant of its property without due process of law, see 21 Ga. B. J. 244 (1958).



  • General Considerations
  • Homicide
  • Damages
  • Jury Instructions

8 Am. Jur. Pleading and Practice Forms, Death, § 4.


- Skier's liability for injuries to or death of another person, 75 A.L.R.5th 583.

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