Georgia juries are capable of surpassing expectations. An example occurred this week in Marion County, population 7,144 according to the 2000 census. It is the prototype of the conservative, predominantly white rural Georgia county. I have been told that the highest jury verdict in the history of the county prior to this week was $10,000.
One of the possible take-home lessons from this case may be that jurors in even the most conservative venue can award substantial damages where a big truck does serious harm, even when the person hurt or killed has undesirable characteristics.
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks.