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BWP Partner Joel O. Wooten Named to Georgia Business Court Rules Commission

BWP Partner Joel O. Wooten has been named as one of eight inaugural members to a commission created to help formulate the rules for Georgia’s new Statewide Business Court. All of the new Business Court Commission members were chosen because of their professional expertise and dedication to public service, said Business Court Judge Walter Davis. Among the new commission’s first tasks will be formulating the rules for the business court. The Georgia Statewide Business Court, a new class of court, was established by constitutional amendment in 2018, and will begin hearing cases on August 1, 2020.

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Veterans Legal Clinic Improves Lives

Improving the lives of veterans living in Georgia is the goal of UGA School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic. Individuals seeking help from the clinic can call 706-542-6439 or send an email to veteranslegalclinic@uga.edu. The Veterans Legal Clinic is funded by a lead gift from BWP Partner Jim Butler. See original article  in UGA TODAY. Click below to watch a video.

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What is an Attractive Nuisance?

Some things just seem to call out to kids and say, “Come onto the property and play.” This can include various attractions like pools, playground equipment, other toys, and more. These items work like a magnet, but they can also present dangers. They can be so dangerous that they become an “attractive nuisance.” Properly defining attractive nuisance Children are naturally curious and tend to be more reckless when it comes to decision making. These predispositions can lead to serious trouble, especially when they are wandering the neighborhood alone or with friends. Kids can wander onto someone else’s property and get… read more

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Should I get a Dash Cam?

Have you ever seen someone driving recklessly in front of you? If so, you may have thought, “I wish I had a way to record this and show it to the police.” Many people have taken a step to protect themselves on the roadway by purchasing a dash camera. If you are not quite sure what a dash cam is or what it does, we want to take a minute to give a brief overview for you. Benefits of having a dash cam There are several benefits to having a dash cam in the vehicle: If you are ever struck… read more

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Oversized Load Accidents

Most people have driven down the road and been forced to slow down or wait for a semi-truck carrying an oversized load to go by. These trucks and loads are typically accompanied by escort vehicles. In reality, oversized load vehicles can be very dangerous for both the truck driver and everyone else on the roadway. Understanding oversized load in Georgia is a step towards staying safe on the roadways. What is considered an oversized load? Georgia law tries to balance the interests of public safety with the interests of individuals, companies, and government entities that need to transport large loads… read more

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How to Determine the Settlement of a Burn Injury Claim

Personal injury case settlements can be incredibly difficult to determine. When dealing with burn injuries, a variety of factors will ultimately do into how much a settlement will be worth. Burn injury cases often result in larger settlements than other personal injury cases. The biggest factors will include the severity of the burn, the negligence or intentions of the defendant, as well as how much the defendant can pay. How did the incident occur? Answering how and why a burn injury occurred is important. The defendant’s liability can impact the amount of money a judge or jury is ready to… read more

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How do I report a Car Accident in Georgia?

Nobody wants to get into a car accident in Georgia. Unfortunately, no matter how safely you operate on the roadways, there are times when accidents happen. In many cases, a crash is caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver. When a crash does occur, you need to know what to do in the aftermath. Once you have called the police and gone through the chaos at the scene of the crash, do you know the basics of Georgia car accident reports? The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says that there were nearly 400,000 vehicle crashes during the… read more

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Georgia Right of Way Laws

Traffic laws in Georgia are vital for keeping drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians safe. When drivers fail to obey traffic laws, they could end up in a crash causing serious damages or injuries. Most Georgia car accidents occur due to driver errors. One of the most common causes of accidents includes “right-of-way” violations. Right-of-way is a term used to determine who is entitled to change lanes, move through intersections, enter roadways, make turns, and other movements when traffic is on the roadway. Right-of-way violations can lead to serious incidents in and around the roadway. Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike must understand… read more

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Can a Hotel or Resort be Liable for a Personal Injury Claim?

There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Georgia, and millions of tourists stop in the state annually. One of the best parts of a hotel, for many people, is going to a swim in the hotel pool. They are relaxing, especially after a long day around town. However, there are risks associated with swimming in a pool at a hotel. This can include: A slip and fall injury Drowning or near-drowning Getting sucked into a broken drain Injuries from broken or rusty ladders What are the duties of a hotel or resort? A hotel or resort has a general… read more

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Blind Spot Safety

Everyone has blind spots around them as they drive. Understanding and being aware of blind spots can go a long way towards operating safety on the roadway. You should also be aware of other motorist’s blind spots, particularly when it comes to larger vehicles that may have “No-Zones” where the driver cannot see you at all. What is a blind spot? A blind spot is the area on either side of your vehicle that is difficult to see while you are driving. Even though we have rear-view and side-view mirrors, they do not allow us to see everything around the… read more

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