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Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorney

There is nothing more tragic than the serious injury or death of a loved one. But when someone close to you is hurt because of the negligence of another, the tragedy is often harder to bear.

A wrongful death lawsuit or serious injury claim cannot end the pain and grief, but it can prevent your family from suffering financial losses in addition to emotional ones.

What is a wrongful death claim?

Wrongful death is when a person dies due to the actions or inaction of another person. If someone causes a death through negligence, intent, or recklessness, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The victim’s death must have been unnatural or untimely, and only a parent, child, or spouse can benefit from these types of suits.Unlike criminal claims for death, wrongful death claims cannot result in a prison sentence. They can only award financial damages to the victim’s family as a penalty for the actions of the accused.

Typically, they are used when a criminal lawsuit, such as murder, cannot be filed against the defendant, or in cases where the criminal lawsuit was unable to convict. That said, you can file a civil wrongful death suit against someone who has been successfully convicted of criminal charges.

A civil wrongful death claim is completely separate from a criminal lawsuit. It can be filed before, after, or during criminal court proceedings, at your discretion.You can seek a wrongful death claim if the defendant did any of the following and it resulted in a loved one’s death:

  • Murder
  • Malpractice Sold or made defective goods
  • Served contaminated food
  • Assault
  • Sold a dangerous drug
  • Car accident where the driver was negligent

How does a wrongful death claim work?

Essentially, wrongful death claims work like a personal injury case. However, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer cannot always successfully represent you in a wrongful death claim. Ensure that the lawyer you hire has prosecuted similar cases before, proving that they know the relevant local statutes.

Wrongful death cases are different in every state. Cases may differ based on:

  • Who can file the wrongful death claim
  • How quickly the claim must be filed
  • What damages are available
  • How damages are divided among the victim’s relatives
  • It is beneficial to hire an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer to ensure you are acting within the bounds of local wrongful death statutes.

It is beneficial to hire an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer to ensure you are acting within the bounds of local wrongful death statutes.

Let him help you today!

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Important Things to Know About Your Wrongful Death Case

Before you file a claim for wrongful death, there are five important things you should know about Georgia’s wrongful death laws:

Primarily, your spouse is able to file. If they are not living or you are unmarried, then the ability to file the claim will pass through a sequential list of other relatives.

Damages awarded from wrongful death cases do cover medical bills for the deceased, but they also cover a variety of other financial and emotional costs as a result of a lost loved one. For example, you can seek damages for funeral costs, loss of companionship, and the deceased’s lost wages.

While wrongful death is a type of personal injury, it is a more complex area of law. An experienced attorney will know more about the types of damages you can seek and how to prove their necessity. Hire an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer to support your claim.

The grieving process can take years; however, there is a statute of limitations for when you can file a wrongful death claim. Although you may still be grieving, you only have two years from the date of the victim’s death.

Don’t feel stranded in the courthouse, trying to file a claim while you’re still mourning. Hire an attorney to support you through this difficult time. They’ll make the complex process easier.

Wrongful Death 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)

Contact an Atlanta Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If your loved one was taken from you too soon, an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer can help you get a little closure. We will work with you to financially punish those responsible and discourage them from hurting another family the way that they’ve hurt yours.

Facing the person or company responsible for your loved one’s death is extremely difficult. Doing it in a courtroom, where you’re unprepared to handle the emotions, is even worse. Hire an expert attorney to support you through this challenging process. They’ll increase your compensation while decreasing your stress.

Atlanta personal injury lawyer Mike Rafi has won millions for clients who have been wronged by the negligence of others. For a free consultation, call today.

Let him help you today by calling 404-800-1156 or send us a message online.

What qualifies a wrongful death lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit cannot be filed for every type of death that occurs. The death must occur when the victim would not have died if the defendant had not acted maliciously or negligently. Essentially, a wrongful death lawsuit is valid if a victim was healthy before the accident, but perished due to the accident, which was the fault of the defendant.To further explain the concept, let’s examine some examples.

A famous wrongful death lawsuit was brought against O.J. Simpson after he was acquitted in criminal court. The civil court case for the wrongful deaths of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman were brought forward by their parents. The plaintiffs argued that the malicious acts of Simpson (namely, committing a murder) caused these individuals to die when they otherwise wouldn’t have. His actions were malicious and had the intent to cause the deaths. This isn’t always the case in wrongful death suits.

Cases of medical malpractice can qualify for wrongful death. Doctors have a duty to give their patients proper care. If they do not, due to carelessness or misdiagnosis of an illness any other reasonable doctor would have diagnosed, and it results in a patient’s death, they can be sued for wrongful death. They can also be sued if they over or misprescribed medications that lead to an overdose or poisoning of a victim.Car accidents caused by a driver’s negligence result in wrongful death suits when a victim dies as a result of the collision. While many car accidents result in injuries, most are not fatal. For a car accident to cause death, the crash must have been severe. This could be the result of an impaired driver, a truck accident, or even a pedestrian hit by a turning car.

An easy way to determine if a case qualifies for wrongful death is to ask “would this have been a personal injury claim if the victim had lived?” If the answer is yes, then it’s a wrongful death claim.

How hard is it to prove wrongful death?

To win a wrongful death case, the plaintiff, on behalf of the deceased victim, must prove that the defendant directly caused their loved one’s death due to negligence or malice.

Society operates smoothly because we care for each other. This duty of care involves following rules, maintaining safe areas for others to visit, and allowing people to live their lives safely.

Individuals have this duty of care in many circumstances.

For example, drivers have a duty of care to others on the road to obey traffic laws. If they run a red light, are impaired behind the wheel, or otherwise make a choice that violates this duty of care, they are putting others at risk.

Other examples of duty of care:

  • Shopkeepers maintaining their store to ensure it’s safe for visitors Rental companies providing safe cars
  • Manufacturers producing quality products and not selling broken equipment
  • Doctors working diligently, while sober and properly rested, to provide quality healthcare
  • Employers to provide safe work equipment, hours, and buildings

Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases

Breaches of duty of care can occur at any time. That makes wrongful death cases extremely varied. However, there are six common types of wrongful death cases:

Automobile accidents include any type of accident involving a motor vehicle, such as trucks, cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians that are hit by vehicles. In 2017, Georgia saw over 1,500 deaths due to traffic accidents. Thousands more suffer life-altering injuries.

Most automobile accident fatalities occur when one or more driver(s)’s attention is not on the road. If a driver is negligent, impaired, or exhausted, they are actively risking the lives of others on the road. They can be liable for everyone’s injuries and deaths in an accident.

What damages may be claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit?

Wrongful death lawsuits can claim three types of damages: economic, non-economic, and punitive. These damages are both on the behalf of the victim and for the surviving family members. Typically, seeking damages for the value of the deceased’s life is why individuals file wrongful death cases. They are hoping to recoup the expenses of their injuries and burial.

However, victim’s families are entitled to more than just these financial compensations.

Economic damages refer to all of the financial losses as a result of the victim’s loss of life. These include:

Medical costs before their death (survival action)
Funeral and burial costs
Transportation of the body
Loss of the deceased’s expected income
Loss of any inheritance
Value of the services the deceased would have provided
Lost wages due to caring for the deceased, handling funeral planning, or grief

Non-economic damages are the emotional and psychological impact of the loss of a loved one. These include:

Survival claim (the deceased’s pain and suffering)
Loss of love, care, and guidance from the deceased
Loss of love and companionship
Loss of consortium (spouses only)
Survivor’s emotional anguish and suffering

Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant. They are meant to deter similar behavior in the defendant or society in the future.

Punitive damages can be awarded if the defendant was especially reckless or negligent, often to the point of criminality. This can include homicidal actions or driving under the influence.

How hard is it to prove wrongful death?

In Georgia, the Wrongful Death Act states who may file a lawsuit:

  • The victim’s spouse
  • If unmarried, the victim’s children
  • If the victim was unmarried and had no children, their parents may file
  • If none of the above apply, an estate administrator

While other loved ones of the victim—siblings, uncles, aunts, and grandparents—may participate in certain ways in the lawsuit, they are not able to file the lawsuit itself.

In Georgia, the party eligible to file has two years from the date of the victim’s death to start their claim. While there are exceptions to this statute of limitations, they are uncommon. To ensure you file a valid claim, begin speaking with an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer as soon as you can.

In a wrongful death case, you may recover “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.” O.C.G.A. 51-4-1. Estates can also claim damages for pain and suffering, if applicable.

Mike Rafi has fought for justice and maximum compensation on behalf of families who have lost loved ones. Mike tells all of his clients that he hopes one day he is out of business because folks are not getting hurt or killed in Georgia or elsewhere.

Call Mike so he can get justice for your loved one and hold the responsible parties accountable; your case may prevent another needless injury or death.

What is the average settlement for a wrongful death lawsuit?

There is no average settlement amount for wrongful death lawsuits. Every case is a different entity, with settlement amounts depending on a range of factors. The value of a case primarily hinges on the severity of the injury, the cost of treatments, and having a strong lawyer on your side.

Cases tried by individuals representing themselves receive 300% less compensation than cases defended by an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer.

To increase your settlement potential, hire an attorney today.

Let us help you today by calling 404-800-1156 or click here to sending us a message online.

How long does it take to settle wrongful death claims?

There is no easy way to estimate how long a wrongful death claim will take to settle. In some cases, the plaintiff will receive damages within a few months. In others, the claim can take four years to resolve.

The length of your case will depend on the type of wrongful death, who you are filing against, and whether or not you have legal support.

Individuals who represent themselves have shorter claim periods because they settle for unfair offers from insurance companies. They get less than the economic damages. Settling a claim faster isn’t always better.

Wrongful Death Questions and Answers

Medical malpractice is a cause of personal injury, as is wrongful death. Medical malpractice doesn’t always result in death. It typically results in scarring, delayed treatment, or the need for additional treatment. Only in its most severe form does medical malpractice lead to wrongful death.

Ask the following to ensure your wrongful death lawyer has the time and experience to handle your case:

  • How many wrongful death cases have you tried? How many have you won?
  • What challenges do you see in my case?
  • Who will be leading my case?
  • How many cases are you currently working on?

Wrongful death lawyers specialize in the state laws regarding your case. They are able to get you more compensation because they know what damages to seek.

Representing yourself would mean losing money, because you don’t know all of the damages you’re entitled to. You will be on your own without someone to protect your rights.

Hire an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer to get maximum compensation and ongoing support.

Insurance coverage for wrongful death varies depending on the policy type. Business policies may cover small death claims, but they will not cover the entirety of the losses. Similarly, car insurance policies cover wrongful death claims in certain cases. Only select policies have these as part of their insurance policy.

These policies rarely pay the full amount of the losses suffered by wrongful death.

You will need to exercise your best judgment to determine if the police are required for your wrongful death claim. In most instances, they are not, since wrongful death claims are lengthy civil processes.

However, in the case of homicides, you should always involve the police.

If you have lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, call an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer for assistance. They will help you through the process of filing a legal claim, determining liability, and penalizing those at fault.

Rafi Law Firm believes in a better society with safer roads for everyone. If a negligent driver has to pay for their mistakes, they’re less likely to behave the same way in the future.

Worker’s compensation offers death benefits for certain family members. The benefits can only go to spouses, children, or parents of the employee who live with and depend on the deceased person’s income.

However, it will not cover more than their wages for a period of time.

Death benefits only cover situations where an individual dies on the job due to an accident, develops and dies from an illness from the site, or if they are injured on the job and die a few months later.

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