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8 year time limit applies to road design claims in Georgia

Occasionally we see claims that an accident and injury was caused, in whole or in part, by negligence in the design of a road, intersection or signage. In Georgia, there can be a claim against Georgia DOT if the road design did not conform to design standards when it was built. There may also be … Continue Reading

Pit bull attack nets $700K judgment in Douglas County, GA

Douglas County, Georgia, where I graduated from high school and returned for a few years as a young lawyer, is known as a very conservative venue. However, Douglas Countians do not lack the ability to do the right thing when the facts call for it.
Today’s news includes a report that the State Court of Douglas … Continue Reading

Georgia Evidence Code passes after 25 years

Today, after 25 years of labor by countless volunteers on a succession of hard-working bar committees, the new Georgia Evidence Code was passed.  Unless I’m in court somewhere, I expect to be present when it is signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal. Appropriately enough, he sponsored an earlier version of the bill in the … Continue Reading

Understanding common problems in medical testimony in injury cases

In personal injury law practice in Atlanta, Georgia, we often deal with treating doctors who don’t want to bother with testifying for their seriously injured patients, and with a small number of doctors who make a good living by consistently testifying for the defense almost without regard to the facts.
Of course, most treating physicians are … Continue Reading

Tire tread separation blamed for death on I-20 in Douglas County

This afternoon in Douglas County, my former home, a 2001 Ford Explorer crashed due to tread separation on a tire and predictable driver reaction to that event. The 39 year old driver from Austell was killed.
Tire failure is a well known cause of fatal crashes. Some time back I made the joint damages presentation for … Continue Reading

Researchers find possible path to regeneration of injured spinal cords

It’s a long way from experiments with lab mice to clinical treatment of humans, and as a Georgia trial attorney in Atlanta, I only represent human spinal cord injury survivors.
However, it is interesting to observe progress in animal experiments that may someday carry over to treatment of humans.
According to an article published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers … Continue Reading

Ms. Wheelchair America

The word on the extended family grapevine tonight is that my wife’s cousin’s daughter, Alex McArthur, a recent Davidson College graduate, has been named Ms. Wheelchair America for the coming year. She has been in a wheelchair three years due to muscular dystrophy.
Last year, one of our clients, Alyson Roth, a spinal cord injury survivor, … Continue Reading

Concussion syndrome may mimic Lou Gehrig’s Disease

For an attorney handling Georgia brain injury cases, the difficulty of sorting out causes and effects is both frustrating and fascinating. Now there is a study reporting that head trauma may produce a motor neuron disease syndrome that looks like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In fact, the researchers hypothesize … Continue Reading

“Take me to Grady” – trauma center care reduces rate of paralysis after spinal cord injury

If you ever suffer a major injury in metro Atlanta and are still able to talk, remember to say, "take me to Grady."  This is important because treatment at  a Level 1 trauma center significantly improves prospects of successful outcome. A recent article on "The Effects of Trauma Center Care, Admission Volume, and Surgical Volume … Continue Reading

Spinal cord injury treatments suggested in recent research

Spinal cord injury survivors may someday have more hope for functional recovery. An article in Brain by James Fawcett at Cambridge University summarizes research papers reporting functional recovery following a variety of treatments. These have included interventions that affect myelin inhibitory molecules and their receptors, or inhibitory chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans, and treatments in which the … Continue Reading