Tuesday, January 16, 2018

NTL member Larry Franklin dies at 80

Larry Franklin, a 10-year member of The National Trial Lawyers described as “legendary,” has died at the age of 80, according to the Louisville Courier Journal. Franklin, who won Kentucky’s largest medical malpractice verdict, died at his home in Cherokee Triangle on Sunday, January 14, after a bout with the flu and a possible heart attack. Franklin was described as “legendary, successful, and generous” and a “bulldog,” and was named Kentucky’s best lawyer in 2006. “There are lawyers who are like Shakespearean actors, but that’s not me,” he once said. “I speak the language of the people. I am from Shively.” You can read more about Franklin and his extraordinary career here. 

http://thefranklinlawgroup.com/

 


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18 days till the Trial Lawyers Summit – Have you registered yet?

The 2018 Trial Lawyers Summit in South Beach is just 18 days away, starting on Sunday, February 4. Have you registered and finalized your plans to attend the greatest gathering of trial lawyers in the US? Don’t miss the #1 meeting of the best and most successful legal minds in America!

  • An AMAZING lineup of over 100 of the nation’s top speakers covering the latest trends, new case types and topics.
  • Earn a year’s worth of CLE credits in 4 days (24+ CLE hours & Ethics)
  • Get new referrals! Engage with America’s most influential and respected trial lawyers on major projects of interest.
  • Words of Wisdom from The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame—Gain insight from top trial lawyers in American history.
  • For the 5th year in a row, The Trial Lawyer magazine has rated the Trial Lawyers Summit the #1 Conference of the Year!

The Trial Lawyers Summit will be February 4-7 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in South Beach, Florida. Don’t wait! Register now and join us for an experience that will be both memorable and valuable!


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Friday, January 12, 2018

The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to 2018

Do you have all the resources necessary to make 2018 the best year yet?

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Denying innocence despite evidence

What do you do when a prosecutor refuses to clear an accused person despite evidence proving their innocence? A cover story at Slate.com examines the effects of “innocence deniers,” prosecutors who aren’t just hindering justice; they’re actually working against it.

In an adversarial legal system, it’s natural to presume that prosecutors and defense attorneys are driven by the same goal: to win. They aren’t. In Berger v. United States, decided in 1935, the Supreme Court famously declared that the prosecution’s ultimate goal “is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done.” A prosecutor, the court wrote, “is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the twofold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer.”

Read more about how innocent lives are affected by prosecutors who insist that, despite the evidence to the contrary, people who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes are in fact guilty.

 


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Friday, January 5, 2018

7 Common Practice Areas for Personal Injury Attorneys

When imagining a lawyer, most people hold the assumption that a single attorney can manage any sort of legal case. This is, of course, not true to reality. Every attorney has a single or set of practice areas they prefer or focus on.

When it comes to accidents, typically caused by the fault of third parties, someone who specializes in personal injury law is the best choice to hire for representation. There will be no distractions from other legal fields, such as family law or criminal defense. You should also look for a personal injury attorney who offers free consultations to evaluate their clients’ potential claims, like those you can find at Jones & Swanson. There is no harm in meeting with a personal injury attorney after an accident to learn more about the legalities of the situation. Even if they cannot take your case, personal injury attorneys can provide tremendous insight and point you in the right direction.

7 Common Injury Claims Managed by Attorneys

  • Car accidents: Everyday thousands of people are injured in car accidents all over the country. Hiring an experienced car accident attorney will provide value to your case. The attorneys at Jones & Swanson know the exact steps necessary to recover maximum compensation for your claim.
  • Slip and fall accidents: Slip, trip, and fall accidents are one of the most common occurrences that lead to premises liability claims. Even though these types of cases are not rare, it can be difficult to prove who is at fault for the incident. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel right away.
  • Dog bites and animal attacks: Dog owners in Georgia are fully liable when their dog attacks and injures someone. Oftentimes, dog attacks can cause permanent damage and scarring to their victims, especially when a child is involved. Contact an experienced dog bite lawyer who knows the specific laws and understands how to pursue a maximum settlement for your claim.
  • Commercial trucking accidents: Commercial trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds are the cause of thousands of deadly accidents throughout the United States each year. Oftentimes, trucking companies and drivers have a team of experienced lawyers on their side to protect them from any liability in case of an accident. It is important to get your own legal representation to fight for your rights.
  • Motorcycle accidents: Although riding a motorcycle can have its financial benefits, the number of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. has grown in recent years, given many new would-be riders pause. To recover fully from these types of accidents, a maximum settlement must be attained, often through a hard-fought personal injury case.
  • Pedestrian accidents: Pedestrian accidents may involve a person walking, jogging, or simply standing who is struck by a motor vehicle. A person’s body is not equipped to handle such collision and often the injuries can be fatal. The knowledge a pedestrian accident attorney can provide to a victim will greatly increase the likelihood of a beneficial final settlement amount.
  • Wrongful death: Wrongful death is when a person dies due to the negligence of another party. Due to the sensitivity of such claims, navigating them requires precision and legal knowledge. While many persons may be affected by the unjust death of another, there are only certain people that can be compensated for their loss. An experienced wrongful death attorney to manage your claim from start to finish is highly recommended, beginning with determining if you even have the right to file such a claim.

Marietta Personal Injury Attorneys at Your Service

Jones & Swanson is known throughout Georgia for providing compassionate and focused personal injury claim representation. We know how to move a case towards success without forcing our clients out of their comfort zones. Every step we take is one with our clients’ best interests in mind, and we believe this personal approach to casework is what has allowed us to achieve so many great case results.

Would you like to know more about our Marietta injury law firm? Contact us online or call 770.884.6652 to schedule a free initial consultation.


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Texas Driver with TBI from Auto Crash Recovers $26 Million Settlement

attorney Brent Goudarzi

Plaintiff attorney Brent Goudarzi

A 30-year old house painter who suffered a traumatic brain injury and aortic injury when his car was struck at a Texas intersection by another vehicle that negligently ran a red light has recovered a $26 million settlement.

Bessy Rodriguez filed suit on behalf of herself, her incapacitated husband Jose Lara Sanchez and their two children in connection with the 2010 crash in Mt. Pleasant, TX. The defendants are Jonathan Cunningham, driver of a pickup truck, and his employer Troy Construction, LLC, which owned the truck. It is Case No. 38,742 in 276th Judicial District Court of Titus County, TX.

The plaintiff’s attorney is Brent Goudarzi of Goudarzi & Young, LLP in Gilmer, TX. The case involved 34 depositions taken all over the US as well as more than 20 highly contested court hearings prior to the insurance company Berkshire-Hathaway offered is $26 million insurance policy limit, about five weeks before a jury trial.

Extensive injuries

Mr. Lara was transported by ambulance to a local emergency room, with a Glasgow Coma Score of 3 and from there, airlifted to a second hospital for more comprehensive evaluation and care.  A CT scan revealed a fracture of the right temporal bone and right-sided epidural hematoma, with underlying subarachnoid hemorrhage.

He underwent an emergent right triple craniotomy, and two days later, underwent endovascular repair of a traumatic transection of the descending thoracic aorta.  For the next three weeks, Lara was weaned off sedation and managed for rib fractures, scapula fracture, left acetabular fracture, bilateral pulmonary contusions and pneumonia.

He was discharged to a skilled nursing facility, where he got aggressive physical, occupational and speech therapies for five months before being discharged home to his family.  Lara continued to receive physical and speech therapies through outpatient rehabilitation. Altogether, he incurred $1.3 million in medical expenses.

While the plaintiffs alleged the need for lifetime medical care and the inability to return to any level of employment, the defendants alleged that a short course of appropriate outpatient therapy at an accredited rehabilitation facility would provide Lara with independence, including the potential to return to driving and return to working. This allegation was supported by surveillance video conducted over the course of multiple days, which showed Mr. Lara walking unassisted and unsupervised outside of his home, engaging in family outings, communicating with neighbors and even assisting with automotive maintenance.

The defendants also claimed contributory negligence on the part of Lara for the alleged failure to use a seatbelt, which caused his ejection and the right temporal bone fracture, hematoma and hemorrhage and most, if not all, of his residual physical symptoms, which were primarily left-sided (and controlled by the right side of the brain). Had Lara not been ejected, defendants alleged, he would have sustained no brain injury.


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