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A year of bright ideas in advocacy

No matter how many years a lawyer has practiced, there is no end to the need for exposure to bright new ideas from the best lawyers around the United States.
Over the past year, I had the opportunity to serve as chair of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section of the American Association … Continue Reading

10 Social Media Instructions for Injured People

Most of us today carry cell phones in our pockets with more processing power than the computers aboard the Apollo moon missions. Frequent news reports illustrate the dangers of thoughtless use of smartphones and social media. It has ensnared politicians and celebrities, sometimes crashing promising careers. This technology has created similar hazards for both plaintiffs and … Continue Reading

“Won’t Take Me Down” – living with chronic pain

 
Our personal injury clients often give us great inspiration with their fortitude and positive spirit. A client recently forwarded this poem written for her by her sister in Ireland.
WON’T TAKE ME DOWN
What you see on the outside
Is not what’s inside
Crippled in pain that I feel I must hide

The pain unbearable
Beyond my control
Trying and fighting with my mind body … Continue Reading

Shigley Leads Section of American Association for Justice

Ken Shigley of Atlanta, who was president of the State Bar of Georgia in 2011-12, is now chair of the largest practice area section in the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the national organization of plaintiffs’ trial attorneys. Shigley took the helm of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section of AAJ and … Continue Reading

Paralyzed Man Can Walk Again Thanks to Cell Transplant

Over years of representing clients with spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia, I seize upon any new development that offers hope for improving the quality of their lives and function.
For several years I have seen articles about the use of stem cells to mend damaged spinal cords. One of the most promising ideas … Continue Reading

3D Printing Is Latest Advance in Vertebra Replacement

Since 1992, I have watched with great interest the development of 3D printing. When I first read about the concept at the dawn of the Internet, I was fascinated with the futuristic example of downloading the digital design for a replacement part for a sailboat in the middle of the ocean, and printing the part … Continue Reading

Olympic Swimming Champ Paralyzed After Suffering Spinal Cord Injury in ATV Accident

Former Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is recovering following surgery to stabilize her spine after her spinal cord was severed at the T-11 vertebra during an all-terrain vehicle accident in Scottsdale, Arizona last week.
The latest report is that she is out of ICU and looking forward to rehab in Denver. Demonstrating a resilient spirit … Continue Reading

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

Mind control of robotic arm for quadriplegic

As an Atlanta personal injury attorney, I have come to view our quadriplegic and paraplegic spinal cord injury (SCI) clients as friends and survivors rather than mere victims. Their never-ending quest for ways to overcome adversity and improve quality of life is awe inspiring.
This week there is news that researchers at the University of Pittsburgh … 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