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Compensatory vs. Punitive Damages

When one person or party causes damage, injury, or financial harm to another party, the victim can pursue legal action in the form of a personal injury lawsuit to recover his or her losses. Plaintiffs in civil lawsuits can potentially receive two types of damages: Compensatory and Punitive damages. Anyone preparing for a civil lawsuit should know the differences between these two types of compensation and what factors in a case will influence their amounts. You should ask an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney about what damages and compensation you could seek for your case. What are Considered Compensatory Damages… read more

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What if Your Kid was Injured by a Toy that Displays the Wrong Age Range?

Children’s toys should be just that – suitable for children. All parents know that what’s appropriate for one child might not be good for another child. Age and play behaviors can determine what type of toys are safe for a child. It is a toy manufacturer’s legal duty to ensure its products display the proper age range for the safety of consumers. Failure to do so is a marketing product defect that can make a toy unreasonably dangerous for kids. Parents of children injured this way have the right to file claims against manufacturers in these situations. So what should… read more

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What is Negligence? How do I Prove This in My Case in GA?

Negligence is the foundation for almost all injury lawsuits. It is a legal doctrine that says if one person owes a duty of care to another person, he or she must uphold that duty or face the consequences. Although negligence won’t always give rise to a personal injury claim, if the negligence caused or contributed to the claimant’s accident and injuries, it is a primary element of a lawsuit. Understanding negligence and how to prove it in the Georgia civil courts is imperative for the success of your claim. An experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney can help you determine if… read more

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What is Planned Obsolescence? Can You Sue for Negligence?

Product manufacturers have an obligation to consumers to provide safe and effective products that perform as advertised. Although businesses evolve and markets demand new products over time, some companies use a tactic known as “planned obsolescence” to drive revenue. A company may design a product to fail after a certain amount of time, typically shortly after the warranty period expires. This encourages consumers to purchase a replacement or a newer model of the product. But could planned obsolescence be considered a breach of product liability, based on U.S. regulations? What are the Problems with this Practice? Planned obsolescence poses several… read more

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Chrysler Appeals Remi Walden Verdict

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Important Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riding in the Winter

Winter cycling in Georgia can be pleasant on the best of days, and even on days when the weather is less than ideal. But when the mercury drops and you need to get out on the road, you should take extra precautions—with your bike, your clothing, and your attention―to ensure your comfort and safety in avoiding any preventable motor bike accidents. Road Considerations Wintertime road conditions can create challenges for all drivers, but especially for those on a lighter and less stable two-wheeled vehicle. If possible, plan your route in advance, avoiding areas where ice is likely to appear, such… read more

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Should I Pay Out of Pocket for Damages After a Car Accident?

In order to avoid higher auto insurance premiums following an auto accident, it is a fairly common practice for the at-fault driver to offer to pay for the damage without reporting the accident to his or her insurance company. But is this a good idea? In some situations, it may be to your benefit; there are others in which you should never try to bypass the insurer; and still others when you need to carefully assess the circumstances, the other driver, and the terms of your insurance policy. When Paying Out-of-Pocket for a Car Wreck Might Be a Consideration If… read more

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Factors in large truck accidents

Factors in large truck accidents – Truck accidents – Butler Wooten & Peak LLP

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Wearable device aims to reduce car accident risk

Wearable device aims to reduce car accident risk – Car accidents – Butler Wooten & Peak LLP

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Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to announce that all of the firm’s partners were again selected as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers or 2017 Rising Stars.

Jim Butler and Joel Wooten were once again named Georgia Super Lawyers. Butler was also named to the Georgia Top 100 List. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. This honor is reserved for less than 5% of attorneys practicing in Georgia. Partners Brandon Peak, Buddy Morrison, and Tedra Cannella were named Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

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