2022 Georgia Code
Title 51 - Torts
Chapter 4 - Wrongful Death
§ 51-4-5. Recovery by Personal Representative for Wrongful Death and for Certain Expenses

Universal Citation: GA Code § 51-4-5 (2022)
  1. When there is no person entitled to bring an action for the wrongful death of a decedent under Code Section 51-4-2 or 51-4-4, the administrator or executor of the decedent may bring an action for and may recover and hold the amount recovered for the benefit of the next of kin. In any such case the amount of the recovery shall be the full value of the life of the decedent.
  2. When death of a human being results from a crime or from criminal or other negligence, the personal representative of the deceased person shall be entitled to recover for the funeral, medical, and other necessary expenses resulting from the injury and death of the deceased person.

History. Ga. L. 1924, p. 60, § 1; Code 1933, §§ 105-1309, 105-1310; Ga. L. 1952, p. 245, § 1; Ga. L. 1969, p. 762, § 1; Ga. L. 1980, p. 1154, § 3; Ga. L. 1985, p. 1253, § 3.

Law reviews.

For article surveying torts law, see 34 Mercer L. Rev. 271 (1982).

For note, “Piercing the Marital Veil: Interspousal Tort Immunity After Harris v. Harris,” see 36 Mercer L. Rev. 1013 (1985).

For survey article on wills, trusts, guardianships, and fiduciary administration, see 59 Mercer L. Rev. 447 (2007).

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