Finch McCranie LLP’s personal injury and wrongful death attorneys offer individualized attention, high professional standards, and a long track record for multi-million-dollar settlements and jury verdicts. Every personal injury and wrongful death case we accept is handled on a contingency fee basis, which means we take a percentage of any verdict or settlement. Our firm advances all expenses incurred in the case, so our clients never pay anything out-of-pocket. We invite you to visit our Results page which lists some of the settlements and verdicts we have obtained on behalf of our clients over the years.
When you have been injured or lost a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation from the party who caused the harm. One of the most important factors to ensure that you recover from the other party is hiring a personal injury and wrongful death attorney as soon as practicable to handle your claim. The first thing we do when evaluating a case is to determine whether the party who caused the harm can be held legally liable. This involves reviewing the police report or incident report (if applicable), interviewing witnesses, inspecting the scene where the incident occurred, and locating any photos or videos which may depict the incident or the events leading to the incident. In every case, it is of critical importance to act quickly to gather evidence and interview witnesses. In many instances critical evidence can be lost or destroyed unless it is secured quickly. In certain cases, we use a team of retired FBI agents who help us investigate the incident and locate and interview witnesses and other relevant persons. We also hire medical experts, accident reconstructionists, and engineering experts in appropriate cases.
Another important step in investigating a potential case is to identify any insurance policies which may provide coverage for the incident. This involves reviewing applicable automobile liability policies, excess policies, homeowners’ policies, and any other insurance policies which may provide coverage. If the party who caused the harm was acting in the course and scope of their employment (or “on the job”) then their employer may be legally responsible for their actions. In several cases, we have been able to identify and recover insurance proceeds where other lawyers were unsuccessful.
We also conduct a thorough evaluation of our clients’ damages. This enables us to maximize the recovery in our cases. We will obtain and review medical records, tax returns (if the client is unable to work as a result of their injury), and all other documentation that shows how our clients’ lives have been affected by the incident. We also interview family members, friends, and in some cases the client’s employer to understand the extent of harm caused by the incident. This enables us to determine the most effective way to present our clients’ damages to maximize the settlement or verdict. In Georgia, there are three types of damages available in a personal injury or wrongful death case:
This includes your lost wages, medical bills, loss of future earning capacity, property damage, and funeral and/or burial expenses.Non-Economic Damages
This includes your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship.Punitive Damages
This is designed to punish the wrongdoer. They are available when the responsible party intentionally caused the harm or acted with a reckless disregard for the consequences of their actions. Punitive damages recoveries are rare, though our firm has successfully obtained punitive damages for many clients over the years.
Once we have conducted our investigation regarding liability, available sources of recovery, and evaluated our clients’ damages, we send what is called a pre-suit settlement demand letter demanding compensation from the party who caused the harm. In some instances, this can lead to negotiations which allow us to resolve the matter in its early stages. If we are unable to resolve the case at this stage because the responsible party refuses to offer fair compensation, we then proceed with filing a lawsuit naming the responsible parties as defendants.
There are many law firms that handle complex personal injury and wrongful death cases, but very few whose lawyers actually try cases to a jury on a regular basis. Finch McCranie LLP is one of those few. Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have extensive jury trial experience, which enables us to prepare each case with a willingness to go to trial. Because opposing firms know this, it allows us to resolve many cases before trial. In the cases we choose to take to trial, we have a long track record (hyperlink) of success in obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of our clients.Schedule a Free Consultation With an Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
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