Lawrenceville Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal Injury Law Firm in Lawrenceville GA

Our Lawrenceville personal injury lawyers are available for consultations and meetings at 154 Stone Mountain Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. Our office is located within walking distance from the Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center, Gwinnett County’s courthouse.  The courthouse is located at 75 Langley Drive, just half a mile from our office.

Car Accident Lawyer in Gwinnett County

A car accident can change your life in a flash.  The people at Gwinnett Medical Center are good, but they can’t fix everything.  Serious injuries result in pain, suffering, and high medical bills.  Neck, back, and spinal injuries are common.  Death can shatter a family and leave a hole where a loved one used to be. It is crucial you have a personal injury attorney who is there to help you through your recovery process, and who you can rely on for sound advice. Our Lawrenceville car accident lawyers understand what these losses mean.  We deliver top-caliber service to the men, women, and children we help.

Our job, in plain words, is to take a claim and turn it into compensation.  Georgia law recognizes several categories of losses, or “damages,” for which an at-fault driver or the insurance company should pay.

 

Past Medical Bills.  If you’ve been in a car accident, then you have probably come face-to-face with the high cost of healthcare today.  Hospital and doctor bills mount after a car accident, and can drain your bank account or sink your credit.  If you face medical bills as a result of a car accident, Georgia law says that you’re entitled to be compensated for them, even if you had medical insurance.

Future Medical Bills.  The injuries from an accident don’t magically heal the moment a lawsuit is filed.  They can continue for months, years, or even decades, and may require treatment far into the future.  For example, some neck and back injuries may require long-term treatment and multiple surgeries.  Even after that, the pain may not go away entirely.  If a car accident is going to cause future medical bills, the injured person is entitled to compensation for those costs.  A good car accident lawyer can retain an expert to create a “life care plan” that predicts those future medical needs, and can be used to get a verdict or settlement that accounts for them.

Past Pain & Suffering.  Injuries hurt, and injuries from a car accident are no exception.  If someone endures pain or long-term suffering as a result of a car accident, Georgia law recognizes that he or she is entitled to compensation for that in the form of a verdict or settlement.

Future Pain & Suffering.  Pain can last.  Neck or back injuries are one example.  Concussions are another – concussions from a car accident can cause headaches and lead to long-term cognitive impairment.  Some surgeries, particularly if they involved installing hardware like plates and screws, can cause long-term pain when the weather changes.  If a car accident is going to cause long-term pain, Georgia law allows for the injured person to be compensated for it.

Interference with Daily Living.  Some car accident injuries are so severe that they interfere with the way that we live our lives.  For example, a disc herniation in the lower back can keep a person from doing the things that he or she loves, like playing tennis, playing with children, or even sitting or standing for long periods.  Personality changes from a concussion or other traumatic brain injury can affect a person’s relationships with friends and family.  If a car accident interferes with daily living, the insurance company should provide compensation for that in the form of a verdict or settlement.

 

We understand auto insurance, and we know the tricks that insurance companies use to get out of paying the amount that they should.  For instance, we know that insurance companies frequently try to record people who have been hurt in hopes of getting something that the insurance company can use against them later, and we know that insurance adjusters sometimes pretend to be an injured person’s friend when what they really want to do is pay as little as possible.  We pursue liability insurance policies, UM insurance policies, and resident relative polices—and we often find insurance that our clients didn’t even know they had.

Truck Accident Lawyer in Gwinnett County

Truck accidents are different than car accidents for a few reasons.  First, they tend to have different results.  Tractor-trailers, box trucks, and other commercial vehicles are larger than other cars on the road, so the injuries caused in trucking accidents tend to be more severe.  When a tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds collides with a car that weighs 5,000 pounds, the car is not a good place to be.

Second, they’re different from a legal perspective.  Our firm has handled many truck accident cases, and the trucking company often tries to convince the judge that while the truck driver is responsible, the trucking company is not.  That argument is almost always wrong, both because the truck company has often hired or failed to train a dangerous driver, and because the truck company is liable under the doctrines of “vicarious liability” or “respondeat superior.”  We have confronted this issue, written briefs on it, and gotten trucking companies to admit that they were responsible.

Wrongful Death Lawyer for Lawrenceville & Gwinnett County

Nothing changes a family more drastically than the death of a family member.  If you have come to this webpage looking for information about the wrongful death of a loved one, we are sorry for your loss.  We first offer our sympathy and condolences.

You probably came to this page seeking information about Georgia wrongful death law.  Although no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, taking action after a wrongful death can bring about change and stop the problem from happening again.  Funds from a case can help to make ends meet after someone who supported his or her family has been killed, and that income has been lost.  Our firm handles wrongful death cases.  Our results include a jury verdict of $150,000,000 and many settlements.

Here are a few bullet points that cover the basics of Georgia wrongful death law.

  • > If a person is killed by the negligence or misconduct of a person or company in Georgia, the family of the deceased person typically brings two related, but different, types of claims: (1) a wrongful death claim, and (2) an estate claim.
  • > The time in which these claims must be brought varies, but generally, the time limit or “statute of limitations” is two years.  In different types of wrongful death cases, that can be longer (as when there was or could have been a criminal prosecution) or shorter (as when a government entity is at fault).
  • > Under Georgia law, the wrongful death claim is brought for the “full value of the life” of the person who died.
  • > Georgia courts measure the “full value of the life” from the point of view of the deceased.
  • > The “full value of the life” has two parts: (1) an intangible part, which includes time spent with family and friends, and (2) a tangible part, which includes the money the deceased would have earned and the household services that he or she would have performed.
  • > The wrongful death claim is brought by the deceased’s family.  Georgia law is specific about who brings the claim and who is entitled to the compensation, as explained on our wrongful death page.
  • > The person bringing a wrongful death claim under Georgia law does not have to be the Administrator of the deceased’s estate.
  • > The estate claim is brought for different types of damages, such as the pain and suffering experienced by the deceased and funeral expenses.
  • > The estate claim is brought by the Administrator of the estate.

For more detailed information about Georgia wrongful death law and how it may apply to you and your family, please see our Wrongful Death FAQ page.  Although most of the wrongful death lawsuits we see arise from car accidents, truck accidents, shootings, or motorcycle accidents, the world can be a dangerous place and unfortunately, lives can be lost in a number of ways.  If we can answer questions for you, don’t hesitate to call.

Sexual Assault and Rape Lawyer for Lawrenceville & Gwinnett County

Sexual assault and rape cases are intensely personal.  Most victims struggle with whether to come forward or whether to keep quiet.  On the one hand, victims wish it had never happened, wish they could forget it, and wonder if they did something wrong.  On the other, victims want to keep their attacker from victimizing anyone else, and want to see their attacker held responsible for his (or her) acts.  Victims wonder if they are alone, or if the attacker has done this before (or since).  Deciding whether to come forward is a very hard, very personal decision.

It is an incredibly difficult situation.  It is also incredibly unfair, since the victim didn’t choose for this to happen, but has to deal with it anyway.

We have been honored to represent victims of sexual assaults and rapes, and we continue to do so.  If a victim chooses to contact us, we respect his or her wishes—whatever they are.  Many victims want to handle the situation as quietly and privately as possible.  Others want to file a case and take the attacker to court.  Either way, our job is to support our client, give her or him a voice, and help to fight back against the attacker.

Unfortunately, sexual assaults and rapes can happen in many different contexts.  If the security measures at an apartment or hotel were not what they should have been, and that lax security allowed an attacker or rapist to enter the apartment or hotel and commit the crime, the owners and operators of the apartment or hotel may bear responsibility.  We have handled sexual assault and rape cases in the context of churches, schools, medical treatment facilities, and landlord-tenant relationships.  There is no excuse for sexual assault or rape, anywhere or anytime.

For more information about sexual assault and rape cases, see our Sexual Assault and Rape FAQ.

Personal Injury Lawyers in Action

Before you hire a personal injury lawyer, it doesn’t hurt to see him or her in action.  Below are a few video clips of our trial lawyers trying cases to juries or taking depositions to use at trial.

Butler Law Firm in Lawrenceville & Gwinnett County

Lawrenceville is one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia. Located in Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville is home to the Gwinnett Braves, Georgia Gwinnett College, and the Aurora Theatre.  Nearby cities include Duluth, Norcross, Buford, Snellville, Lilburn, and Suwanee.

It is relatively close to the University of Georgia, where our Lawrenceville injury lawyers graduated from law school.  Lawrenceville is also home to an excellent hospital, Gwinnett Medical Center, and the spacious Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center where the county’s courts are located.  Gwinnett residents are fortunate to have excellent judges presiding over cases.

Jeb Butler and Darren Tobin with a happy client after a successful car accident trial in the State Court of Gwinnett County, which is based in Lawrenceville.

The Gwinnett County Justice Center at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville GA is a large, modern courthouse with plenty of space and modern amenities.

Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County

As the city of Lawrenceville continues to expand and grow, it is important to know a personal injury attorney that you can trust. That is especially true as increasing traffic leads to car accidents and the nearness of major highways like Interstate 85 and Georgia 316 leads to tractor-trailer accidents.  Having a firm that is respected by defense law firms and judges makes a difference.  Our Lawrenceville injury lawyers understand the dynamics of a changing city, community, and subsequently, the shifting jury dynamics.  We understand the influx of new people to Gwinnett County, and the new views of the courtroom and the civil justice system that those people bring.

We are not a high-volume firm, like the law firms that you’ve seen on daytime TV or on billboards.  We take only a few cases so we can devote our full attention to the clients we represent.  Clients of the advertising law firms never seem to get case updates, and when they call for updates, can never seem to reach their lawyers.  That isn’t how we do business.  Our clients deserve regular updates, and they get them.  When our clients call with questions, we take the time to give answers—that’s what we were hired to do.

We could tell you more about ourselves, but our clients say it best.

If We Aren’t the Right Fit, We’ll Find a Lawyer Who Is

Our Lawrenceville injury attorneys are experienced in handling motor vehicle collisions, helping crime victims, and fighting back against dangerous products. If you or a loved one has been harmed and need a personal injury lawyer in Gwinnett County, talk with us to see if we are a good fit for you. If we aren’t the right fit for your particular case, we’ll share with you the names of other good Lawrenceville injury lawyers we recommend.

Lawrenceville Office

154 Stone Mountain Street
Suite 250
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
T: 678-400-6166
jeb@butlerfirm.com

Lawrenceville & Gwinnett County News Updates

On Tuesday, September 22nd, attorneys representing two former Gwinnett County College appeared at the US Supreme Court to file a brief regarding the former students’ denial to express their religion. The attorneys working the case stated that Georgia Gwinnett College’s speech policies prevented any freedom of expression that was deemed as “disturbing the peace and/or comfort of person(s).” After being challenged in court, the college changed its policies.

On Monday, September 14th, Gwinnett County District Attorney candidate, Patsy Austin-Gatson, filed a libel and slander lawsuit against her opponent, Danny Porter. The lawsuit states, “Through such conduct, Defendant has acted maliciously and with reckless disregard for the truth, as his statements are made without personal knowledge of any of the matters alleged and the allegations have yet to be addressed by the Commission, which would be the adjudicating body.” The week prior, Porter filed a complaint against Austin-Gaston and former Sheriff’s candidate Curtis Clemons with the State Ethics Commission.

On Tuesday, September 8th, a fatal shooting off of Bernice Court in Lawrenceville resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy. The Gwinnett County Police Department reported that the shooting appears to be a “drug deal gone awry.” Witnesses have reported that before the shooting, there was an altercation between two passenger cars in the roadway. Currently, police do not have any leads or suspects.

On Tuesday, September 1st, a 63-year-old man, Douglas Johnson of Lawrenceville, was killed while crossing the street outside of a crosswalk. The incident occurred at Grayson Highway and Maranatha Trail. Douglas was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and is not facing any charges.

On Wednesday, August 24th, the Gwinnett County School System began phasing students back to school for in-person classes. Parents were given the option to keep their children at home for digital learning or send them back to school. All students that are opting to return to the classroom are scheduled to return by September 9th. Staff members and students are required to wear masks while in school.

On Wednesday, August 19th, a fatal collision occurred after an Audi Q5 turned in front of motorcyclist at the intersection of Rockbridge Road and Tug Drive. The motorcyclist, Darwin Lazo, was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger was taken to the hospital for severe injuries. The driver of the Audi was not injured and no charges have been filed.

On Thursday, August 13th, a fatal shooting took place in Gwinnett County at an InTown Suites in the Norcross Area. Gwinnett County Police Officers have announced that they are withholding the victim’s name until his next of kin is notified. Crime Stoppers is currently offering a reward for any information regarding the incident.

On Tuesday, August 4th, a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross Buford Drive. The pedestrian, Benjamin Penix, later died from his injuries. The Gwinnett County Police Department and Gwinnett’s Accident Investigation Unit are currently investigating the incident. Callers that report any information to Crime Stoppers at (404)577-TIPS may be eligible for a cash reward.

On Thursday, July 30th, the Gwinnett County Police Department announced that Aaliyah Ritchie, an 18-year-old woman, has been charged with vehicular homicide following a motorcycle accident that took place on July 4th. Ritchie has also been charged with failure to yield while turning left. At the time of the incident the motorcyclist, Clinton Matthews, was driving down Grayson Highway when Ritchie turned left on Rosebud Road, causing Mitchell to strike the back of her vehicle. Matthews died from his injuries a couple of weeks after the accident.

On July 21st, Gwinnett County Commissioners approved a $500,000 settlement to Sarah Wood, a woman that was struck on Interstate 85 by Officer Ramsey, a Gwinnett County Police Officer. Officer Ramsey severely injured Wood after striking her vehicle while she was sitting in traffic. After the incident, investigators discovered that Officer Ramsey had multiple browser windows open, including a window opened to YouTube.

Gwinnett County Police are investigating the death of a man that died in their custody on July 16th. Officers reported that after they pulled the man over for a traffic violation, he fled the scene and crashed into another vehicle. The man was then taken to the hospital, where he died in police custody. Police Officers stated that they did not use fire arms or any deadly force weapons when making the arrest.

On July 4th, a Lawrenceville woman, Young Lee, died as a result of a motor vehicle accident in South Carolina. It is reported that her Cadillac Escalade overturned multiple times before striking a cable barrier and catching on fire. At the time of the incident, she was not wearing a seatbelt.

Wednesday, June 24th, was the final day to pre-register for the “Georgia Grown To Go Market” event in Lawrenceville. The market is a partnership between Gwinnett County and the Georgia Department of Agriculture with the goal of promoting locally grown produce and fostering healthy eating habits.

On Wednesday, June 10th, police reported that a man intentionally ran over a group of people gathered outside a local bar.  Tragically, two of the victims died as a result. Witnesses helped police identify and apprehend the driver of the car, and that driver is now in police custody.

As of Thursday June 4th, Gwinnett County Police Detectives are asking the public for help locating a Lawrenceville resident who has gone missing while making a delivery for Allied Moving Company. The name of the local resident is Logan McCaskill, Jr. Anyone with information to share in this case is asked to contact detectives at 770-513-5300.

On Wednesday, May 21st, a CVS Pharmacy in Lawrenceville announced that drive-thru COVID-19 testing for high-risk groups will begin on Friday. The CVS Pharmacy in Lawrenceville that will offer drive-thru testing is located at 5710 Sugarloaf Parkway NW. According to CVS, patients will administer the swab tests themselves in their cars while a CVS employee watches, with results available in three days.

As of Wednesday, May 13th, the city of Lawrenceville continues to “light it blue” in honor of National Police Week. The city’s Renasant Bank began selling blue bulbs to local businesses and residents last month to highlight the efforts of first responders and healthcare workers in the fight against the coronavirus. The blue light bulbs can be seen lit up all over town at night.

On Wednesday, March 18th, Gwinnett County officials announced they will take precautionary steps to ensure the safety of most county government buildings in the Lawrenceville area by closing them for much of next week. The buildings, with a few exceptions, will be closed Thursday through March 23 so they can be thoroughly cleaned by professional cleaners.

On Wednesday, March 11th, Gwinnett County Public School officials announced that the district is taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19. Officials have yet disclosed if any students, faculty or staff, have been in close contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19 as the pandemic spreads into Georgia.

On February 26th, the Georgia Department of Health issued a statement to reassure Georgians about the Coronavirus, “DPH is working to make sure our health systems, first responders and county health departments have the resources they need to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.” To date there have been no cases of COVID-19 in Georgia.

On February 19th, Gwinnett commissioners set the date for their ethics decision on Commissioner Marlene Fosque. The decision will be handed down on Wednesday, February 26th. The ethics complaint against Commissioner Fosque was filed by D.A King, the Dustin Inman President, alleging the commissioner violated sixteen ethical standards listed in the county’s ethics ordinance.

On February 14th, Gwinnett County residents can celebrate Valentine’s Day by picking up a treat from Peterbrooke Chocolatier. The chocolatier is located at The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, about 40 minutes west of Lawrenceville. The Head Chocolatier, Geoffrey Wilson says, Valentine’s Days is the busiest holiday of the year for the shop.

On February 1st, it took firefighters more than two hours to get the flames under control from a massive tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County. Fuel from the truck flowed into a storm drain causing multiple explosion in the sewer system. Firefighters used foam to extinguish the flames, but the fire took the lives of two souls and caused area-wide power outages.

Millions of Americans are gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday by ordering the football food of their choice from their favorite restaurants. Many national-chain restaurants in Lawrenceville are now offering, or planning to offer, limited-time deals for the Super Bowl. Make sure to be on the lookout for deals!

On January 21st, a Lawrenceville man was arrested after he was accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year old girl. The alleged incident happened around 6 p.m., on Tuesday, at the Burlington Coat Factory in Lawrenceville.  The quick-thinking teen took a photo of the accused man, and then the Gwinnett County Police sent out a call for the public to help identify him.

On January 15th, the family of Gwinnett County hit-and-run-victim Tom Gluick announced he has died from his injuries. Mr. Gluick was a 62-year-old Georgia Gwinnett College professor who was involved in a hit-and-run accident on New Year’s Eve. According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, no charges have yet been filed in the case.

Beginning on January 7th, libraries in Gwinnett County will close for several days as they move away from the Dewey Decimal System. The system, which has been around since the late 1800s, is a numbers-based way to find books. Gwinnett County libraries will replace the Dewey Decimal System with a new system in which books are organized by categories such as “animals” or “computers.”

On January 1st, Northeast Georgia Medical Center welcomed newborn Lyric into the world. Lyric is among several New Year’s babies born in Gwinnett hospitals.

On Friday, December 27th, the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners announced an agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation to fund the preliminary design of an improved interchange at State Route 316 and U.S. 29. GDOT will contribute up to $1.9 million to the project, which includes interchanges at Hurricane Trail and U.S. 29/State Route 8/Winder Highway.

On Thursday, December 5th, Gwinnett County fire crews responded to a gas leak in a Lawrenceville neighborhood. The neighborhood is in the 500 block of Marsh Lake Road. Officials closed off access to the area while the gas company worked to repair the leak.

McCray’s Tavern in Lawrenceville is now holiday tradition.  McCray’s Tavern has been serving a special Thanksgiving dinner for the past four years, and this year it will be the only restaurant open in the historic district of Lawrencevill on Thanksgiving Day. The restaurant has booked a little over 200 reservations so far and will able to take a max of 275 reservations.

On Tuesday, November 19th, a new open container ordinance was approved for Downtown Lawrenceville. You can now walk around Downtown Lawrenceville with a beer, wine or liquor beverage in-hand. Drinks must be in clear plastic cups of 16 oz. or less. Remeber to please drink responsibly.

A pedestrian was struck and killed along Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County early Thursday morning, causing all lanes to be shut down. A little after 7:30 a.m., Gwinnett police said the lanes had been re-opened, but traffic remains sluggish after the lengthy closing.

Halloween falls on Thursday this October 31st. Motorists should be extra vigilant between the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For a safe trick-or-treating night, parents should remember to carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing.

On October 24th, Leroy R. Johnson, Georgia’s first black state senator after reconstruction, died. Johnson was remembered for his leadership in the civil rights movement, his political prowess and his part in restarting Muhammad Ali’s career.

Detectives with the Gwinnett County Police Department on Thursday, October 17, were working to identify two people who were found dead inside a room in a Peachtree Corners hotel. If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.

As of October 9th, the Gwinnett County Police Department is asking the public for tips to identify two men who attacked a customer last month at a Waffle House restaurant in the Snellville area. The first assailant is described by police as a black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.

On September 30th, the GBI reported that its Gwinnett Court Hacking Probe lead to child porn charges against DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer. Monday the GBI took out a warrant charging Kramer for a single count of possession of child pornography. The warrant describes one image in detail and said, “additional digital image files were found of child sexual exploitation.”

On Tuesday, a man was arrested for backing his car into a woman. Christopher Dale Bruner (36) was taken into custody in Gwinnett County after he backed his vehicle into a woman and drove off. The woman was putting air in the tires on the passenger side of her car when she was hit. She has some severe injuries and is being treated for those.

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