Crime Victims

Atlanta Crime Victim Lawyers

Criminal actions are not just resolved in criminal courts.  Regardless of whether a person has been charged with a crime, they may still be sued in civil court.  The Wetherington law firm represents victims of crimes in civil lawsuits to recover money from the person who committed the crime, along with all other people or entities that had a role in supporting or otherwise allowing the crime to happen.

What Types of Cases Do We Handle For Crime Victims?

We handle civil lawsuits for all crimes.  However, most of our cases are for:

  • Victims of murder
  • Victims of rape
  • Victims of gang violence
  • Victims of assault
  • Victims of gun crimes
  • Victims of booting companies
  • Victims of sexual assault

What Damages Can You Recover After Being a Victim of Crime?

The main public policy purpose for tort law is compensation. Compensatory damages are money damages awarded to compensate the plaintiff and make the plaintiff whole. The system is not perfect. Life, limb, and freedom from pain cannot be restored. However, compensatory damages are a means of attempting to place the plaintiff in the same relative position that he or she was in before the loss by way of monetary compensation.  Compensatory damages are categorized as either general damages or special damages.

 

Victims of Crime Can Recover “General” Damages

General damages are “non-economic” losses, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, or mental anguish, all of which have no specific, itemized value.  The monetary value of general damages is determined by the jury, and jury verdicts are not consistent.  A broken ankle in one courtroom could be worth $10,000 in pain and suffering.  In another courtroom, it could be worth $100,000.  Matt Wetherington tried a case in Fulton County that resulted in a $2.8 million verdict for a broken ankle.  You can read about that case here.  However, it is important to know that jury verdicts and settlements vary widely, even for the exact same injury.  The variance is due to the individual plaintiff, the jurors at the trial, and the effectiveness of the injured person’s attorney.

 

Victims of Crime Can Recover “Special” Damages

Special damages are “economic” losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, or the cost of hiring household help, all of which do have a specific itemized value and can be more easily determined or calculated on a simple mathematical basis – once you have obtained the necessary records to prove that the expenses were incurred.  It is important to note that only medical expenses “proximately caused” by the crime itself can be recovered.  If you would like to learn more about how proximate cause is determined, click here.  For simplicity sake, you should know that proximate cause is often highly contested.

 

Punitive Damages for Injuries Caused by Reckless or Intentional Conduct

In tort actions, there may be aggravating circumstances that may warrant the awarding or imposing of additional damages called punitive damages.  Punitive damages, when authorized, are imposed not as compensation to a plaintiff but solely to punish, penalize, or deter a defendant.  To recover punitive damages, the victim must prove that the defendant’s actions showed willful misconduct, malice, fraud, wantonness, oppression, or that entire want of care that would raise the presumption of conscious indifference to consequences.

 

The Spouse of an Injured Persons is Entitled to Recover Also

The spouse of an injured person is entitled to recover for something called a loss of consortium.  Loss of consortium damages compensate for the loss of any services one spouse provides to another. Besides those sexual in nature, such services may consist of cooking, cleaning, household chores, household repairs, general companionship, and everything else that comes with a marriage.

 

If the Crime Results in a Death, Special Rules Apply

When a crime results in a death, the case turns into a wrongful death claim, instead of a personal injury claim.  To learn more about wrongful death claims, click here.

 

 

The Wetherington Law Firm Has Recovered Millions for Clients

Our attorneys are highly skilled in personal injury law.  In many cases, settlement is not possible until a judge rules that the proper defendants have been named, the claims asserted are valid, and there is enough evidence to proceed forward to a jury trial.  By that point, it is too late to fix problems in the case.  It is important that you start with an attorney that has the experience and resources necessary to put your case in the best position possible.  Our attorneys have literally spent months in the court room presenting personal injury cases and obtaining record breaking verdicts.  We also have attorneys that have spent years working for defense firms and know the traps that are set by corporations and their insurance companies.

 

How to Hire the Best Crime Victim Lawyers in Atlanta

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is one of the most important financial decisions you can ever make.  There are a number of attorneys who hold themselves out as “experts” who have never tried a case or even settled a case involving catastrophic injuries.  It is important that you ask any prospective attorney about his or her experience with personal injury lawsuits, specifically with regard to the injuries that you sustained.

If you are ready to hire an attorney, click here to complete our personal injury intake form.  This is the fastest way to get started.  If we accept your case, it will be on contingency.  That means that you do not pay anything up front and only pay us if we win your case.  If we do not accept your case, we will help you find a lawyer who can.  We generally only accept cases involving significant injuries.  However, we know many good attorneys and will make sure that you do not have to search around for someone to accept your case.

 

You Can Make a Lasting Difference in the Lives of Others by Hiring the Wetherington Law Firm

Obtaining full and complete compensation for our clients is the most important service we provide to our clients.  Protecting the general public and making sure that other people are protected is part of obtaining justice.  We frequently work with law enforcement, local government officials, state legislators, and federal agencies to understand the root cause of dangerous conditions.  This often leads to uncovering dangerous trends or patterns of behavior that must be changed.  Many of our clients have chosen not to be defined by their injuries, and instead choose to serve as a beacon of hope to others.  Whether through legislation, refusing to settle unless changes are made, or simply sharing their story, our clients’ efforts have helped save MILLIONS of people from serious injury or death.  We care about you as a person and will work with you however you want to help make the world a safer and better place.  Call us now to get started.

 

 

Have You Been a Victim of Violent Crime?

Call or email us anytime. We accept all cases on contingency, which means that you only pay if we recover money for you.

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  • Daily Report Hall of Fame 2015
  • Avvo Logo - Superb
  • Super Lawyers On The Rise
  • Daily Report - On the Rise
  • awards
  • Tire Safety Group
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Why Hire Us?

Reputation matters. Our firm only pursues high value, meritorious lawsuits. The insurance companies may not like us, but they respect the work we do and results we obtain for our clients. When a case moves into litigation, the defense attorneys know that we have properly investigated the claims, know the applicable law, and are preparing the case for trial.

There is no risk when hiring our firm.

We do not charge attorney fees for obtaining property damage or medical payment coverage for our clients. Other firms charge for this service.

We have saved our clients millions simply by negotiating medical bills and fighting invalid medical liens.

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