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How do you handle fees and expenses in a personal injury or wrongful death case?

Many prospective clients in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims ask questions about legal fees and litigation expenses in handling their cases. As an Atlanta personal injury trial attorney handling serious injury and death cases across Georgia, and as an individual who remembers very well what it is like to be flat broke and … Continue Reading

Key Georgia legislator tells tort reform advocates to go slowly and work toward consensus

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The Georgia Chamber of Commerce held a forum on tort reform last week. According to today’s Daily Report, Rep. Rich Golick, chair of the House Non-Civil Judiciary Committee who is a corporate attorney for Allstate Insurance Company in his “day job,” told the attendees:
“Go talk to the plaintiffs bar. … See if … Continue Reading

Injury claims against cruise ship lines must be filed in court within one year

Cruise ships are like floating cities with thousands of passengers on board. Usually a lot more fun than the typical workaday city, but probably no less likely to involve accidents and injuries.
Cruise ship lines cannot guarantee that no one will get hurt aboard, but they do have a responsibility to prevent dangerous conditions on board … Continue Reading

The learning curve of a bar president

In the past 10 days this plaintiffs’ trial lawyer, in the capacity of State Bar of Georgia president, has co-presided over a joint meeting of the State Bar Executive Committee and the Georgia Supreme Court, had a joint press conference with the Attorney General of Georgia and spoke at a lunch meeting that included general … Continue Reading

Trial preparation – draft jury instructions early

As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I often have occasion to speak at events that extend beyond my own personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking law practice. The following is excerpted from my presentation — “Trial Preparation: 30 tips in 30 Minutes” – at the Georgia Law of … Continue Reading

14 points about tire safety to avoid rolling over and dying

Over the years in my Atlanta personal injury practice, I have worked on cases involving catastrophic tire failure. It has certainly made me more alert to issues when tire issues arise with vehicles in our family. 
And it helped to increase my patience with the replacement process when I recently ran over some sort of metal … Continue Reading

Tire tread separation blamed for death on I-20 in Douglas County

This afternoon in Douglas County, my former home, a 2001 Ford Explorer crashed due to tread separation on a tire and predictable driver reaction to that event. The 39 year old driver from Austell was killed.
Tire failure is a well known cause of fatal crashes. Some time back I made the joint damages presentation for … Continue Reading

Feds question Jeep gas tank safety

As a a trial attorney based in Atlanta, some of the more interesting cases on which I have worked have involved defectively designed or manufactured vehicles.
This week the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration launched an investigation of the safety of gas tanks on three million Jeep Cherokees. The investigation covers Grand Cherokees in model years … Continue Reading

Accutane on trial for causing loss of colon due to Crohn’s

Accutane is a drug originally developed for cancer treatment but that has been widely used for treatment of acne. Unfortunately, there have been widespread reports of terrible side effects, including bowel diseases including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It was taken off the market last year.  As an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, handling civil liability … Continue Reading

Airbag deploys spontaneously, cuts driver’s carotid artery

An Atlanta area woman was just sitting at a traffic light on Good Friday in her Honda Civic when the air bag deployed spontaneously and a shard of metal from it sliced her carotid artery. Fortunately, she survived.
Honda issued a recall last February on some models of its car because of a defect with the … Continue Reading