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Lawrenceville Wrongful Death Attorney

It’s heartbreaking to lose a loved one, but it’s especially tragic to lose a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or reckless actions.

Wrongful death is when someone’s death was caused by the unreasonable action or inaction of another. Our Lawrenceville wrongful death lawyer can help prove the other party’s negligence and obtain compensation full for loved ones. We’re here to help you and your family move forward; please call (404) 800-9933 today.

Why file a wrongful death claim?

The death of someone you love is overwhelming as it is, but a wrongful death case can help you and your family obtain answers about what happened and why, as well as seek justice.

Although filing a wrongful death claim can’t reverse your emotional loss, it can ensure that you don’t experience financial loss as well. Filing a wrongful death claim can also help hold the person responsible for the death accountable.

Both of those benefits can help ease the grieving process. The loss of a loved one should not be compounded by financial struggles and feelings of injustice.

Case Results

Our mission is to help you get the full compensation you deserve. Some of Mike Rafi’s recent cases include
$3,900,000
Settlement as co-counsel for client shot at Gwinnett hotel
$3,013,000
Jury verdict as part of trial team in wrongful death tractor-trailer crash on I-285
$2,000,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client who injured hand in defective machine
$1,850,000
1,700,000.00 jury verdict against gas station operator
$1,600,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client hit by car while walking his dog
$1,250,000
Settlement for client injured at convenience store
$1,100,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client injured at factory
$1,100,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client shot at Brookhaven apartment complex
$1,100,000
Settlement for client injured at gas station in Tucker
$1,000,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client shot at Brookhaven apartment
$1,000,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client hit while driving motorcycle
$800,000
Settlement in medical malpractice case
$637,500
Settlement ($100,000.00 policy limits) for client injured while passenger in car
$700,000
Settlement for client injured at construction site
$575,000
Settlement for client shot at Decatur apartment complex
$500,000
Settlement for client injured at Decatur apartment complex
$500,000
Settlement ($25,000.00 policy limits) for client in car crash
$475,000
Settlement for client who crashed in unmarked section of road work
$475,000
Settlement for client injured at Atlanta apartment complex
$460,000
Settlement for client rear-ended on I-285
$450,000
Settlement for client who fell from 2nd floor balcony due to defective railing
$450,000
Settlement for client injured in head-on crash
$450,000
Settlement before closing arguments in dog bite case
$414,000
Settlement for client injured in backseat of police car
$400,000.00
Settlement for client injured in car wreck
$400,000
Settlement for client injured near Lenox Mall
$375,000
Settlement for client injured in truck crash on I-285
$375,000
Settlement for client shot at Lithonia apartment complex
$350,000
Settlement for client shot at College Park apartment complex
$350,000
Settlement for client rear-ended by 18-wheeler
$333,333
Settlement for client injured at trailer park
$325,000
Settlement for client injured at Atlanta apartment complex
$315,000
Settlement for client injured in car crash
$300,000
Settlement as co-counsel for client injured in car crash on I-20
$300,000
Settlement for client shot at College Park apartment complex
$300,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client injured in head-on crash
$300,000
Settlement for client injured by police officer who ran red light
$300,000
Settlement for client injured when tire flew off his car after faulty tire installation
$300,000
Settlement for client who fell because of greasy floor mat at big box store
$275,000
Settlement for client who fell at restaurant
$260,000
Settlement (policy limits) for client injured in 3-car crash
$250,000
Settlement for client shot at College Park shopping center
$210,000
Jury verdict for clients hit by car while walking on sidewalk (highest offer by defense was $62,500.00)

4 Things to Know About Georgia Wrongful Death Claims

Here are four things you should know about wrongful death claims in Georgia:

When a person’s death was caused by another person’s negligence, intention, or carelessness, that could allow for a wrongful death case. Examples include medical malpractice, unsafe working conditions, or negligent driving that caused the death of someone else. A wrongful death claim is meant to compensate for the value of the life that was lost, as well as the deceased person’s future wages.

It’s important to distinguish a wrongful death claim from an estate claim. An estate claim must be made separately and is designed to compensate for the conscious pain and suffering that the deceased person experienced leading up to their death. For example, if the deceased person was trapped in a burning car for five minutes before dying, that pain and suffering would make up the estate claim. Estate claims include funeral and burial expenses, as well as medical expenses that the deceased incurred before their death.

A civil wrongful death claim is not a criminal charge like murder, so it does not result in a prison sentence for the accused person. It is a civil action with the objective of compensating the family of the deceased.

Call a Lawrenceville wrongful death lawyer from Rafi Law Firm to find out if your situation applies.

O.C.G.A. 51-4-2 explains who can file a wrongful death claim in Georgia:

  • The deceased person’s spouse
  • (If not married): The deceased person’s children (If the children are minors, their guardians can file on their behalf)
  • (If not married and no children): The deceased person’s parents
  • (If not married, no children, and no parents): The deceased person’s siblings.

Remember, wrongful death claims are different from estate claims. The list above explains who can file a wrongful death claim. Estate claims will be handled by the executor of the estate.

In Georgia, you will generally have two years to file a wrongful death claim. However, there are many exceptions to this two-year rule. For example, if there is a criminal investigation, then the “clock” of the statute of limitations does not begin ticking until the investigation is over.

Currently, there is lagging due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the person who is supposed to bring the lawsuit is incapacitated due to the COVID-19, the statute of limitations does not begin until that person is competent. Also, the time extends when the case involves a minor.

Under Georgia law, the settlement of money recovered should be shared among the surviving spouse, children, and even the descendants of the children if there is money from the settlement left over. Here’s how it’s broken down:

  • For a surviving spouse with no children, they take the whole settlement
  • For a surviving spouse with children, the spouse takes ⅓ of the settlement, and the children split the rest
  • For a surviving parent filing in the absence of a spouse or child, the surviving parents split the settlement equally.

Things get more complicated if there are surviving grandchildren but a deceased child. In that case, the grandchildren cannot claim through their dead parent.

Potential Damages You May Recover

As mentioned above, there are actually two types of wrongful death suits in Georgia (an estate claim and a full value of life claim), and both have different kinds of damages.

Estate claims are meant to compensate the family for expenses incurred by the deceased before their death, while full value of life claims are meant to compensate the family for the deceased person’s absence in their lives.

The estate claim is usually easier to calculate because it includes tangible expenses like medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and pain and suffering experienced by the victim immediately before their death.

The “value of life” claim is a little different, and it might be more difficult to determine how much the claim is worth. Below, we’ll talk about two types of damages that can be recovered in the value of life claim: economic damages, and non-economic damages.

In the full value of life claim, economic damages include financial assistance that the deceased person would have provided had they not passed away. That includes things like salary, health insurance, and more.

You Don’t Have to Go It Alone. Rafi Law Firm Is Here to Help

The loss you have experienced is overwhelming, and you shouldn’t have to go through the wrongful death trial alone. We are here to help. Rafi Law Firm wants to make sure you get everything that you need from the suit.

We Recover Maximum Compensation

At Rafi Law Firm, we are dedicated to getting our clients the absolute maximum compensation available to them. We will fight hard for you in negotiations and in the courtroom to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.

You have been through a lot, and we will make sure we see that you are financially taken care of for all that you have gone through.

We Provide Support

We will make sure that you get the support that you need if you do not already have it. When we take your case, we treat you like family. It takes time to mourn the loss of a loved one and even longer for life to start to feel normal again.

We will be there for you every step of the way in your wrongful death case.

We’ll Take Your Case to Trial

If negotiations break down or the other side is not willing to offer what you deserve, we will take your case to trial without hesitation. We have years of experience in Georgia courtrooms and are ready to take on the challenge of a trial.

Did you lose a loved one in an accident? Rafi Law Firm can help.

Mike Rafi has helped clients recover over 45 million dollars in damages, including six million dollars for the family of a man who was killed at his apartment complex. We can help you recover damages, too.

Even if you’re not sure if you have a case, reach out – we would love to talk it over with you. We offer first consultations that are always 100% free. You will always find an empathetic ear with us.

Don’t wait; call Rafi Law Firm today at (404) 800-9933 to schedule your free case consultation with a Lawrenceville wrongful death attorney.

Areas We Serve

  • Alpharetta
  • Marietta
  • Gainesville
  • Smyrna
  • Villa Rica
  • Powder Springs
  • Roswell
  • Dunwoody
  • Norcross
  • Athens
  • Dawsonville
  • Buford