If a Georgia person dies because of the willful and wanton conduct of someone like a drunk driver or through a person’s negligence, for example he or she allows gasoline to leak setting off a fire, a civil claim can be filed resulting in money for the survivors.
This money can be substantial.
The amount from a wrongful death is based on many factors but consider just one — what the deceased would have earned had he or she lived. Here is an example. A man in his 40s makes $50,000 a year, and he plans to work another 25 years. That would make his future earnings more than 1 million dollars.
And that is just one factor. In a wrongful death, you can also collect on pain and suffering, medical expenses, funeral expenses, the value of what that person contributed to the family, and more.
Now, insurance companies are not going to give up that amount of money, easily. In our experience, insurers regularly offer the victims’ families $100,000 before a lawsuit is filed. Depending on circumstances, that can be way too low.
This is where selecting the right lawyer can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars to you and your family. Let me explain how it works. If you retain an advertising attorney who does not try cases, your case will be wholesaled, which means settled for too little money – wholesale money vs. retail money.
If you hire a firm like ours with years of trial experience and a strong record of success, we will force the insurance company to pay what is fair. We do that by showing we are not afraid to go to court if that is what it takes. Why is this important? Insurance companies often fear the amount a jury might award.
Just this last year, we settled several wrongful death claims for amounts in excess of a million dollars. Most of these cases required nondisclosure agreements, so we are prevented from telling the exact amounts. However, that does not prevent us from telling you, we are helping families get back on their feet every day.
If you suffer a catastrophic injury or suffer a wrongful death, you can talk to us at the Hawk Law Group for free. 706-444-4444. We want to help. We are working remotely and in-person but are always available.
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