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Intoxicated Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes and Kills Two Pedestrians

Police in Gwinnett County have arrested an allegedly intoxicated hit-and-run driver who struck and killed two pedestrians who were walking on Lawrenceville Highway on July 19th. The two pedestrians were a thirty-six year old mother and her six-year old daughter. Spencer T. Prigomore, the alleged hit-and-run driver, has been charged with two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. According to the police, the alleged hit-and-run driver was traveling west on Lawrenceville Highway when he made a "sudden lane change" from one lane into another, striking another vehicle from behind and continuing onto the sidewalk where he struck...

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5 Helpful Tips for Victims of an Auto Accident

There are few things more trauamtic and scary than an auto accident. Knowing which steps to take to protect your rights after you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident can be overwhelming. The insurance company will not look after your interests and will try to settle your claim for less than its fair value. You need lawyers that you can trust to protect your rights and to maximize your recovery. 5 helpful tips for victims of an auto accident: 1. Call the Police - After an auto accident, you should immediately call to report the accident to...

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1 killed and 3 injured in tractor-trailer crash on I-85 south

One woman was killed and three more people suffered serious personal injuries yesterday, July 8th, when their SUV was forced from its lane by a tractor-trailer into another truck. All vehicles were traveling south on I-85 in Gwinnett County, Georgia near Steve Reynolds Boulevard. According to witnesses, a southbound tractor-trailer changed lanes into a lane occupied by a Nissan Pathfinder, forcing the SUV into the side of a box truck that was also traveling south. The Pathfinder then left the interstate where it struck a steep hill between I-85 and the interstate ramp at Steve Reynolds Boulevard,...

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Patient Abuse at Alzheimer’s Care Facility in Commerce, Georgia

After a three-month investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, twenty one people have been charged with abusing patients at an Alzheimer's care center in Commerce, Georgia. The suspects face 72 charges that include cruelty to a person 65 years of age or older, abuse, neglect, financial exploitation and failure to report under the Protection of Disabled Adults and Elderly Persons. According to reports, former and current employees of the facility are accused of restraining patients with bedsheets, double-diapering patients, physical abuse, and the administration of drugs to patients by unauthorized persons. If you believe a family...

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Car Crashes Around the Holiday Season In Atlanta and Around Georgia

Atlanta is a busy town with lots of traffic, especially around Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Last year there were an unprecedented amount of car wrecks and injuries arising over Thanksgiving weekend. In 2010, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 437 traffic crashes that resulted in 397 injuries and 8 fatalities. In 2011, there were fewer crashes but 15 fatalities. This presents a very clear danger to drivers on the road. One friend of mine told me that the rise in DUI-related crashes is because there are so many college kids home before exams and wanting to go out and see...

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Atlanta Airport Slip and Fall Case Settlement

In late November, we settled a slip and fall lawsuit where the fall occurred at the Atlanta Airport on very favorable terms for our client. This is a huge victory for our client and I think it would be instructive to tell the story of how the lawsuit went for those facing a future slip and fall case in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia. In July 2008, our client was walking through Concourse E in the Atlanta Airport (client worked as a flight attendant). She was her way to make a connecting flight in another terminal. There was a gel-like food substance on the floor...

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Election 2012 and “Tort Reform”

Insurance companies and some of the country's most powerful corporations have been engaging in a war against our constitutionally guaranteed right to a trial by jury for almost thirty years. So called "tort reform" has been an issue that you may have heard of in the media. In case you are not sure what "tort reform" means, I want you to know the underlying efforts behind this movement and potential ramifications of its enactment. A "tort" is a civil wrong, an injury. Many states--Georgia included--have tried to limit your rights to bring a civil lawsuit against someone who harms you, whether...

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Big Recovery for Fast Food Slip and Fall

Slip and fall cases in Georgia have often gotten a bad rap, but thanks to new law from the Supreme Court (AMC v. Brown), restaurant or other patrons at commercial establishments have a better opportunity to recover when they are injured as a result of a hazard that the management should have prevented. I recently mediated a case against a large national commercial establishment that settled for a substantial amount. The client was a very deserving woman, only twenty eight (28) years old. She and her son were at the fast food restaurant eating lunch when the client slipped and fell...

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Bicycling Injuries in Atlanta and Surrounding Counties – Serious Danger

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting the tragic death of a cyclist that was hit and killed on Monday, April 30, 2012, in Decatur, Georgia. A link to the story is attached here. Apparently the cyclist was riding in the inside lane on North Decatur Road when he was hit by a Ford Ranger pickup early this morning. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the hospital hours later. This story is a sobering reminder of the dangers that cyclists face while on the road. As a cyclist myself, I can tell you that there are countless times where I have been close to...

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Cycling Tragedy in Decatur, Georgia

When we are driving cars or trucks on the road, we often forget that we are operating moving tons of steel. This is why in my practice, some of the most devastating injuries come from pedestrians and cyclists that are hit by cars on the road. If you think about car wrecks, the person who is hurt inside the car is protected by those thousands of pounds of steel, whereas a pedestrian or cyclist is protected by nothing more than his or her own flesh and bone. It's a scary thought and unfortunately we see the impact of this type...

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