Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney
The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Rafi Law Firm are committed to helping injured people get back on their feet and regain their lives with proper treatment and equitable compensation.
We’re a personal injury firm, but we’re also in the customer service business. Our clients grant us the privilege of representing them, and we never take that for granted. There are plenty of qualified attorneys in Atlanta, but two things separate us from the rest: relationships and results.
We must understand our clients in order to serve them well. That’s why the attorneys at Rafi Law work hard to understand all the ways in which injuries change our client’s lives. We strive to be our clients’ biggest supporters, helping them tell their stories, fighting for justice, and getting them back on their feet.
Personal Injury Case Results
At Rafi Law Firm, we believe that time + effort + strategy = more compensation for our clients. There is no magic formula for how much cases are “worth,” but the only way to improve the value of cases is to outwork and out-think the other side – and that’s exactly what we promise to do.
Settlement for family of client who was shot and killed at Atlanta apartment complex
Settlement for client who injured hand in defective machine
Recovery for client shot at gas station $1,700,000.00 jury verdict against gas station operator (highest pre-trial offer was less than $100,000.00) and $150,000.00 settlement against landowner
Settlement (Policy Limits) For Client Hit By Car While Walking His Dog
Settlement For Client Injured By Police Officer Who Ran Red Light
Whether you were injured by a truck or a negligent business owner, Rafi Law is here to assist you in every step of the legal process. As Atlanta personal injury lawyers, we are committed to helping every client in their fight for justice.
Rafi Law is here to award you with the maximum compensation to get you treated and back on your feet. Injuries can be serious, but they don’t have to change the trajectory of your whole life. To learn more about how we provide relentless representation to all clients.
Why Choose Rafi Law Firm As Your Personal Injury Attorney
1. We only get paid if you win
2. We treat clients like family
3. We prepare every case for trial
Because we are paid on a contingency basis, you can rest assured that we’ll do everything in our power to win your case. Other attorneys may treat you like a paycheck, but we treat you like a member of the team.
You play an active role in your case. Rafi shares every client’s goals of obtaining justice and recovering the money they need to heal.
The right Atlanta personal injury lawyer will make you feel valued and respected; they should never make you feel like you are an inconvenience to them. At Rafi Law Firm, we know that our clients could have gone anywhere for legal services, but they chose us. We would never do anything to jeopardize that decision, which is why we work hard to make our clients feel comfortable, welcome, and respected
The best way to increase the value of your case is to prepare it for trial from the get-go – not enough lawyers do this, and their clients suffer.
Defense lawyers and insurance companies know which lawyers will take cases to trial if their clients are not treated fairly. On the other hand, they know which lawyers will roll over and settle for less because they do not have the knowledge, skills, or desire to try cases.
When defense lawyers and insurance companies learn that Rafi Law Firm is on the case, they know we will demand justice and maximum compensation.
Anything less is unacceptable.
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Determining Fault in an
Atlanta Personal Injury Accident
In terms of personal injury, “fault” means that someone was responsible for causing you harm, usually through an act of negligence. Fault will make or break your case.
That’s because the other party’s insurance company and legal team will try and downplay their clients’ role in the accident, making you seem responsible for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
If your attorney can prove that the other party was more than 50% responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you will be entitled to compensation. If they cannot prove that the other party was more than 50% responsible, you will receive little or no money. That is why it’s imperative to hire an experienced and dedicated attorney.
After being in an accident, you’ll notify your insurance provider, who will send an adjuster to investigate the case.
The adjuster will examine several pieces of evidence before making their decision, including:
- Physical investigation of the accident scene (smashed
windows, skid marks on the road, etc.)
- Report created by the police officer who was called to the
- Witness statements
Insurance adjusters are vital in the claims process, but they are not looking out for you. They’re in the business of making money, and they don’t want to lose money by giving you maximum compensation. That means they’ll often do everything in their power to devalue your claim. An adjuster may even try to blame you for the accident,
which would put you in an even worse position. To avoid these outcomes, hire an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at Rafi Law Firm.
Comparative Fault in Georgia
Georgia follows the legal theory of modified comparative fault. This system helps determine who was at fault in an accident and assigns compensation accordingly.
For example, if Driver A was found to be 40% responsible for their accident and Driver B was found to be 60% responsible, Driver A would recover 60% of the damages.
Say the jury verdict is $100,000. Driver A would recover $60,000. Remember that they cannot recover the full $100,000 since they were found to be partially at fault.
Georgia’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
A statute of limitations is a law that prevents one party from suing another for a crime that occurred more than a specified number of years ago.
In Georgia, injured parties must file their claim within two years of the date of the accident. The purpose of this deadline is to ensure that convictions are based upon relevant evidence that has not deteriorated with time.
If you were injured and want to make a claim against the other party, it’s extremely important that you do so within two years. Contact Rafi Law Firm if you have any questions.
Common Types of Personal Injuries
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is the result of damage to the spinal cord that can be caused by trauma like a car accident or gunshot wound. Having an SCI can result in immobility and loss of feeling.
Head and brain injuries are often the result of a violent blow or jolt to the head, commonly seen in car accidents, assaults, and falls. Headache, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, loss of consciousness, and memory loss are all common symptoms of head and brain injuries
Neck and back injuries are common in car accidents, one of the most prevalent being whiplash, which is caused by the tearing of muscles in the neck. Common car accident-related back injuries include spinal stenosis, fractured vertebrae, and slipped or herniated disks.
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of internal injuries, symptoms of which include internal bleeding, broken ribs, damaged lungs, and spleen or liver damage.
Burns are grouped into three categories based on their severity: first, second, and third-degree, with third-degree burns being the most severe. Burns can be caused by scalding water, chemical or electrical burns, and fires.
Almost any accident can cause bone and muscle injuries, but some of the most common are car accidents, falls, and assaults. Symptoms of a bone injury include swelling, bruising, or tenderness around the injured area, as well as pain when weight is put on the area. Symptoms of muscle injuries include pain or tenderness, redness or bruising, muscle spasms, and limited range of motion.
An Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Provides Effective Representation
Any personal injury lawyer can represent you, but none will fight for you with the same level of tenacity and relentlessness that Rafi Law applies to every case.
If you were injured, you likely have piles of medical bills, weeks of lost income, and other expenses that could cause severe financial issues. You need a lawyer with the experience and resources to get you the compensation you deserve, so you shouldn’t settle for just anyone.
Mike Rafi has the technical knowledge to effectively drive your case forward, plus more than 18 years’ experience dealing with insurance companies, defense firms, and other parties who try to undermine or devalue your claim.
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We can summarize the process of finding the best personal injury lawyer into three parts: knowing what to look for, asking the right questions, and understanding the cost. As you meet with a potential lawyer, you should keep these 4 things in mind:
- Years of experience
With unparalleled experience and an outstanding reputation, Rafi Law is a force to be reckoned with in the personal injury arena.
Rafi Law will put in the time for your case and treat you as a priority. We will educate you about your case and share our knowledge of the law so that you understand what’s happening every step of the way.
Other lawyers will leave you in the dark, but Rafi Law Firm is different. We’re your partner, not just your law firm, and as such, we’ll provide consistent updates about the status of your case.
We will never forget about you, and we will never be dishonest about any aspect of your case.
After seeking medical attention, the injured party should consult with and hire a personal injury lawyer. Once you hire the right lawyer, they will investigate your claim and interview you to get a full understanding of the accident, your injuries, and your treatment.
Your lawyer will obtain all the medical records and bills relevant to your claim. Once all this information is gathered, you and your attorney will decide whether or not to settle. Keep in mind that Rafi Law prepares every case for trial, but sometimes the best result comes from an out-of-court settlement.
If that’s the case, your attorney will make a demand to the other party’s lawyer or insurance company – only after you reach the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI). MMI is the point where the injured party has completed all medical treatment and is as recovered as possible. If you do not reach MMI, your attorney will not know how much the case is actually worth.
If you reach MMI and the best decision is to settle out of court, your lawyer will begin negotiations with the other party’s lawyer or insurance company. If the negotiations stall or an agreement cannot be reached, the claim will move into the litigation phase, which begins when your attorney files a personal injury lawsuit in court.
Generally, it takes one to two years for a personal injury case to get to trial. Once begun, the first step is the discovery phase, where each party investigates the other’s claims and evidence. As this phase ends, each party’s lawyers will begin discussing settlement options. Sometimes a third-party mediator is needed to resolve the case.
If mediation doesn’t work, the case will then proceed to a jury trial. For more information about the claims process, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer at Rafi Law Firm.
You wouldn’t hire a plumber to fix your car, would you? The same principle applies to law. When you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer, you need someone who focuses solely on personal injury. That’s because the field of personal injury comes with unique laws and practices that are different than other legal areas, one of the most prominent being the potential immeasurability of damages.
In other legal areas such as bankruptcy and real estate law, it’s fairly straightforward to calculate the dollar amount owed by the plaintiff or defendant. However, in personal injury cases, several intangible elements make it more difficult to figure out how much money is owed to the injured party.
For example, the family of a wrongly deceased person can claim damages in the form of pain and suffering, which there is no way to measure. The jury must decide how much money to give the victim’s family, making it even more imperative that they hire an attorney with plenty of experience in personal injury law.
Personal Injury Questions & Answers
It’s seldom a good idea to handle your personal injury case on your own. If you do, the other party’s lawyer and insurance company are much more likely to take advantage of you and not give you anywhere near the amount of money that you need.
If you suffered any kind of severe injury, a personal injury lawyer can be invaluable in seeking the compensation you deserve. Your lawyer will be experienced with similar injuries and will speak with your doctors and medical team to get an idea of how much your prognosis will cost in the future.
Plus, they’ll make you lose out on lots of money that you may not yet even know you’ll need.
A personal injury lawyer can also collect evidence and discover who caused the accident. After all, they are expert investigators.
Of course, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer will also prevent the other party’s insurance company from compromising your case. Insurance companies are sneaky, and if you answer their call without an attorney present, they may ask you questions or get you to make a statement that could put the blame on you.
Yes, you should call the police if someone, including yourself, has been injured. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and wouldn’t you rather find out that you didn’t need to call the police than wish you had?
Although police reports cannot be used in court as evidence, they are invaluable pieces of evidence in the insurance claims process. Insurance adjusters look to these reports to assign fault, and without one, the process will likely take much longer and be more difficult.
The statute of limitations, or deadline, to file a lawsuit is two years in the state of Georgia. The countdown begins on the date of your accident, not the week or month after. It’s important that you meet this deadline because you will not be able to sue the same person for the same reason ever again.
If you have questions about Georgia’s statute of limitations, call Rafi Law Firm at (404) 948-3311.
First of all, let’s make this clear: you are not required to speak with the other party’s insurance company. If they say that you are, they’re lying and you should hang up immediately.
Of course, you must contact your own insurance company after being in an accident, but that’s another story.
If you feel like you must, say as little as possible while still being polite. Remember that anything you say could be used against you in your claim, which means your case could be compromised and you won’t receive compensation.
You should avoid saying things like, “I’m fine,” “It wasn’t that serious,” or “My injuries aren’t that bad” when speaking with the other party’s insurance. You should only answer the question being asked and never volunteer information, and never agree to have your statement recorded.
If you already have a lawyer when the other party’s insurance calls you, tell them to speak with your lawyer. If you don’t, tell them you’ll call them back when you have a lawyer present, and then hire one as soon as possible.
The state of Georgia defines wrongful death as the death of a person caused by “negligent, reckless, intentional, or criminal” acts of another person or entity.
Negligence usually means that one party failed to use “reasonable care” when there is a duty to do so. For example, running a red light and hitting another car can be seen as an act of negligence, since every driver has a duty to follow traffic laws.
If your loved one was killed in an accident that you suspect was caused by negligence, contact Rafi Law Firm today. We’re here to help clients just like you.
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