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July 19, 2019

Personal injury claims may have some similarities, but each one is unique, making it difficult to determine exactly how long it will take to settle a claim without first knowing specifics. Some personal injury claims are settled quickly, perhaps within a few months. Others, particularly those involving serious or catastrophic personal injury, can take several years to settle.

When you are injured in an accident, it is best to speak with an attorney before you accept a settlement offer... Read More

June 04, 2019

A review of five years of collision data gathered by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia shows there is an average of 165 lives lost in truck accidents in our state every year. Georgia sees hundreds of accidents involving large trucks and commercial vehicles yearly and, while a handful result in fatal injury, many more result in serious or catastrophic injury.

Common truck accident injuries include:

Traumatic Brain Injury. Consequences of TBI include cognitive-... Read More
May 17, 2019


Valsartan is an ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker), a class of drugs designed to treat hypertension. Effective at relaxing blood vessels, Valsartan is intended to reduce risks for heart attack, stroke, and similar consequences of high blood pressure.

Side-effects of Valsartan include:

Dizziness Lightheadedness Muscle weakness Irregular heartbeat

Some patients have reported fainting as a side-effect of Valsartan as well, though the drug is not considered dangerous or... Read More

May 07, 2019

Betty Perloe, a 92-year-old former nurse, passed while in the care of the upscale Somerby Senior Living facility in Sandy Springs. According to a lawsuit filed by her family, Mrs. Perloe passed after sustaining several ant bites resulting from an infestation in her room. Ross Perloe, the victim’s son, argues that an ant infestation, known about by the nursing home, was not dealt with properly, allowing Mrs. Perloe to sustain multiple painful and irritating ant bites over the course of... Read More

April 23, 2019

In 2017, the latest year for which statistically valid data is complete, the total cost of workplace injuries to U.S. employers was $161.5 billion. According to the National Safety Council, this number includes:

Administrative expenses Wage and productivity losses Medical expenses Employer’s uninsured cost Property Damage

Workplace injuries that resulted in six or more days away from work and were medically consulted, meaning they required medical attention, averaged $39,000 per... Read More

April 11, 2019

The epidural space is the outermost part of the spinal canal. It contains a network of internal vertebral venous plexuses along with connective tissue, fatty tissue, arteries, lymphatics, and spinal nerve roots. A spinal epidural abscess is a collection of pus in the epidural space, typically in the thoracic or lumbar region. Caused by infection, this excess collection of fluid can compress the spinal cord, resulting in serious complications including complete flaccid paralysis, a loss of... Read More

March 21, 2019

This infographic explores the stages of a typical personal injury lawsuit. However, because each case is entirely unique, the process for your claim may be slightly different. The best way to learn what you can expect during your pursuit of compensation is through a one-on-one consultation with one of the experienced personal injury lawyers at our Atlanta office.

Stages of an Injury Claim Usually Include:

Hiring an Attorney Buildng Your Case Settlement Negotiations including... Read More
February 21, 2019

According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, fatal pedestrian accidents in our state increased 27% between 2007 and 2016, a time when fatalities for all other accidents saw a 14% decrease. 16% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in Georgia in 2016 involved pedestrians, an increase of only 1% over 2015. However, during this same time nationally, fatal pedestrian accidents have decreased by nearly 2%.

Groups most vulnerable to injury are children and the elderly.... Read More

February 11, 2019

In most cases, car accident settlements are non-taxable. However. Depending on how your settlement is structured, you may have to pay taxes on a portion of your proceeds. Settlement negotiations should include tax considerations to ensure the money that is needed to compensate for lost wages, medical expenses, and related damages is not siphoned off by the IRS. This is one reason it makes sense to have an attorney on your side before you enter settlement negotiations.

What Parts of My... Read More
January 28, 2019

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing is an act of bravery - both because it requires speaking out and because it places the whistleblower in a vulnerable position for retaliation. Retaliating against a whistleblower is illegal. In many cases, so too is the behavior being reported. This is not reassuring. Especially when the actions being reported may involve supervisors or those in a position to harm you and your family financially.

It is illegal for a company to retaliate against a... Read More