Monthly Archives: May 2010

Eulogy for My Father

Eulogy for My Father
Robert Nelson Shigley, June 25, 1924 – May 27, 2010
Mentone Community Church
Mentone, Alabama
May 30, 2010
Daddy was born a few hundreds yards from here in a farm house built around a pioneer log cabin.
It was a time before paved roads or electricity came to the mountain.
His grandmother Melissa’s family, … Continue Reading

Dual trailer big rig hydroplanes, flips hazmat load, on I-95 near Savannah

Yesterday in the Savannah area, heavy rain led to two hydroplaning crashes involving tractor trailers.
According to a report by Tuyaquen Mach on WSAV, In one crash on I-95 at Jimmy Deloach Parkway, a UPS truck pulling two trailers hydroplaned and hit two vehicles. One of the trailers, reported to be carrying hazardous materials, flipped over … Continue Reading

Medicare reimbursement system clogs settlements for injured seniors

Injury victims who are even close to being old enough to become Medicare beneficiaries are currently victims of a Kafkaesque nightmare than adds insult to injury and interminable bureaucratic delay to the delays already involved in the court system.
The Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) system was intended to ensure that Medicare does not pay for health … Continue Reading

Fred Orr, RIP

A great trial lawyer passed from the scene last week after a valiant battle with cancer. Fred Orr has served as president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association just last year. He was a trial lawyer for 46 years and practiced the last 35 years in the same building near the courthouse in Decatur.
Fred was … Continue Reading

Five common sense ideas for reducing the risk of truck driver fatigue

Five common sense ideas for reducing the hazard of truck driver fatigue.
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My book is out — Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice

Writing a law book may be compared to giving birth to an elephant.
My baby elephant has at long last been released by Thomson West, the world’s leading law book publisher.  I will be happy to autograph your copy of Georgia Law Of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice.


The votes are in so it’s official. On June 19, 2010, I will become President-elect of the State Bar of Georgia, and on June 4, 2011, I will be sworn in as State Bar President, taking my place in a line that goes back to 1884.
It’s a serious responsibility, but I will take care not … Continue Reading

Atlanta may get world class spinal cord injury center

Atlanta may get a world class spinal cord injury research center. The Healthcare Institute for Neuro Recovery and Innovation (HINRI), according to a report this week in Atlanta Business Chronicle, would be one of a few centers in the world researching the complicated field of complete spinal cord injuries, in which the person loses all … Continue Reading

Douglas County motorcyclist killed by DUI driver who lost trailer

In my home Douglas County  today, a motorcyclist was killed when a trailer carrying aluminum cans that had separated from the pickup truck that was pulling it.  According to the Georgia State Patrol, the crash happened around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Lee Road and Park Avenue in Douglas County. The pickup truck was … Continue Reading

Georgia bans text messaging while driving

Last week Georgia joined the growing list of states passing laws to address driver distraction by cell phones and text messaging, as follows:
A driver shall exercise due care in operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this state and shall not engage in any actions which shall distract such … Continue Reading