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The deadline for the 2021 Best Foot Forward Scholarship may have closed two weeks ago on April 20, 2021, but we at Grant Law Office felt the time fly as we pored over your incredible essays. Our office got a wave of over 150 applications, all of which deserved our undivided attention. Finding out what made Georgia students excited was wonderful, and we found ourselves rooting for each and every one of you!
There’s something to be said about rising to the pinnacle of one’s vocation, and that can certainly be said about Top 100 Civil Plaintiff attorney Wayne Grant. Mr. Grant has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers, an elite, invitation-only organization, as a “Top 100” trial attorney.
It’s time to make more space on the mantel. Grant Law Office is proud to announce that our founding partner, Wayne Grant, has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer for the 12th consecutive year. This is another major achievement for a man who has been a cornerstone of the Atlanta legal community for the last 30 years.
“Heartbreaking” is the only word that can come close to describing what happened in suburban Clayton County last month. According to a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a woman and her two children were crossing Georgia 138 when her Honda Accord was T-boned by a semi truck. The woman survived with a leg injury, but the children—a five year old boy and a six year old girl—died at the scene. The cause of the car accident has not yet been determined, but a witness at the scene reported that the mother claimed that her brakes “went out.” Witnesses also say that both the mother and the truck’s driver were devastated.
Just last month, a car accident in DeKalb County killed three people. According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, a white Mercedes SUV ran a red light and hit a car carrying two women and one man. All three were killed in the collision. Reportedly, the driver of the Mercedes attempted to flee but was restrained by witnesses until the police arrived.
Within the past two months, 10 people have been killed along the I-16 near Savannah in truck-related chain reaction crashes. In an effort to deter dangerous drivers and prevent future fatal truck accidents, Governor Deal has announced a significant increase in the number of highway safety officers. According to a WSAV news report, The Georgia Department of Public Safety and the Georgia Port Authority are partnering to add 60 commercial vehicle enforcement officers. Officials hope the increase in activity will decrease the number of crashes along Georgia highways.
Father’s Day is drawing near, which means sons and daughters everywhere are scrambling to plan the perfect day for their fathers. Your dad, much like most other dads, isn’t giving you any hints as to what he wants to do. He says he’s fine with anything. But you don’t want to just give him “anything;” you want to show him how much you appreciate him for the sacrifices he has made out of love for you.
A 42-year-old man was killed in an Atlanta car accident when another vehicle turned in front of his motorcycle. According to a news report in The Examiner, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Richard D. Sailors Parkway near New Macland Road in Powder Springs. Officials say the motorcyclist had a green light as he was traveling west on his 2010 Harley-Davidson FLHX motorcycle when an eastbound 2012 GMC Acadia turned left in front of him. The motorcycle struck the GMC resulting in fatal injuries to the Mableton man. The authorities say that the 39-year-old driver from Lithia Springs will face charges for the crash.
In 2005, the Georgia General Assembly enacted a statute that distinguished emergency medical care liability cases from those involving other types of medical treatment. The statute that applies to emergency treatment lowers the standard of care for the care provider while increasing the burden of proof on a patient seeking to recover for negligent medical injury.
Claimants in cases involving emergency treatment must prove gross negligence in order to establish liability, a difficult feat. In addition, the burden of proof is also increased, requiring an emergency care claimant to prove his or her case by what is called “clear and convincing evidence.” In essence, the legislature has made it more difficult, much more difficult, to hold emergency care providers responsible for carelessly-caused injury or death.
Wayne Grant – GA Personal Injury and Board Certified Medical Malpractice Attorney
Truck accidents: Did you know that federal regulations govern carrier’s responsibilities in hiring truck drivers? A trucking company that hires a driver that they should have recognized as incompetent at the time of application for employment can be held liable on a theory of ’negligent hiring’. Whether or not a trucking company was negligent in hiring or retaining a careless driver should be investigated in any serious case.
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