Monthly Archives: December 2007

Tort costs decline 5.5% is 2006

Towers Perrin Tillinghast is an insurance consulting firm whose annual Update on U.S. Tort Cost Trends has been a highly controversial source of data for tort reform advocates.  Crtiics have long accused Towers Perrin of bias as a shill for the insurance industry providing biased, contorted numbers to support an advocacy position. 
Now the company … Continue Reading

Truck wreck trial in Macon

I spent most of this week trying a truck wreck case in Macon, GA, in the State Court of Bibb County.  While the jury was deliberating, the defense made an offer my client felt he could not afford to refuse ($850,000 for aggravation of preexisting degenerative condition resulting in cervical fusion),so the process stopped short … Continue Reading

Dart Transport applies for HOS exemption to try another way to manage driver fatigue

The current FMCSA hours of service rule for truck drivers has been subject to much criticism on multiple grounds.  Now a Minnesota-based motor carrier has applied for an exemption in order to try another method of fatigue management.  Considering the merits of night-time sleep and power naps when fatigued during the day, with electronic monitoring, … Continue Reading

3 Georgia nursng homes on list of 54 worst in US

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a list of the nation’s 54 worst nursing homes.  Three in Georgia are on the list:

 Laurel Baye Healthcare of Lake Lanier, in Buford
 The Place at Augusta, in Augusta
 Shoreham at Marietta, in Marietta

Boiler explosion at Machester, GA, injures 7 workers

An explosion at G&S Metals, which processes aluminum scrap in Manchester, Ga., on the morning of Nov. 29 injured at least seven plant employees. No fatalities have been reported.  The explosion occurred about 8:45 a.m. Manchester is in Meriweather County about 60 miles south of Atlanta.
Approximately 20 employees were working at the plant  when an explosion tore siding … Continue Reading