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General Motors recalls over 2.6 million vehicles due to potentially fatal ignition switch defect

Several years ago I handled a products liability case against an auto manufacturer that had designed its braking system on one model so that a poorly designed sensor would turn off the antilock braking system without warning. As a result, our client was a brain damaged quadriplegic. It took much expert analysis and discovery of … Continue Reading

5 Changes in DSM-5 That Could Affect Your Personal Injury Case

Serious physical injuries can leave scars that are not immediately visible. While we are rather conservative about being too quick to label emotional reactions to ordinary types of injuries as psychiatric conditions such as  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it is important to recognize it when psychological injuries are real.  That requires that injury lawyers have … Continue Reading

7 Tips for Lawyers Handling a Minors’ Personal Injury Settlement

Injuries to children are going to happen.  In fact, according to the CDC, injury treatment is the leading cause of medical spending for children equaling about $11.5 billion in the United States.  A serious injury to a minor child touches the heart more than a comparable injury to an adult.  Because young children lack the … 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

Trial preparation – propose stipulation that attorneys can issue deposition subpoenas

My law practice is focused on personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking law practice. As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I have many occasions to speak to groups, both in and out of my practice area. The following is excerpted from my presentation — “Trial Preparation: 30 tips in 30 … 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

Fastcase is new free legal research benefit for Georgia Bar members

This month all Georgia lawyers have a new resource for online legal research as a benefit of membership in the State Bar of Georgia. The Member Benefits Committee compared  Fastcase to the online research site that was previously provided to Georgia Bar members, and found Fastcase better in several significant aspects. Here are links to … Continue Reading

Georgia legislators’ proposal to tax legal services may have unintended consequences

The proposed tax on legal services in Georgia would have unintended adverse consequences on the justice system and the delivery of legal services.
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$2,345,940.17 verdict sets new high in Gordon County, GA

Fri., 3/9/07, Calhoun, GA. 
In a scene reminiscent of the 1982 Paul Newman movie, "The Verdict," the jury after three hours of deliberation Thursday afternoon sent a note to the judge asking if they were limited by the amount the plaintiff asked for.   In closing argument I had asked for a verdict of approximately … Continue Reading

Georgia Supreme Court Election

I have been writing to everyone I know this week to urge them to vote to reelect Justice Carol Hunstein to the Supreme Court of Georgia.  The future of an independent judiciary in Georgia is at stake.  We cannot afford to stand by and allow the financial assassination of our judiciary by big … Continue Reading