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Committee Appointments Announced at the State Bar of Georgia

BWP is proud to announce the recent appointments of several of our attorneys to State Bar of Georgia Committees. Brandon Peak, Tedra Cannella, and Ramsey Prather were appointed to the Bench and Bar Committee. Cannella was also appointed to the Communications/Cornerstones of Freedom Committee. Joel Wooten and Ramsey Prather were appointed to the Business Courts Committee. Rob Snyder was appointed to the Judicial Procedure and Administration/Uniform Rules Committee.

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Is it Illegal to Talk on the Phone while Driving in Georgia?

Starting as of July 1, 2018, it is now illegal in Georgia to drive while holding a cellphone. The Hands-Free Georgia Act, or House Bill 673, is the latest development in the state’s efforts to decrease distracted driving accidents and increase roadway safety. According to the new law, using a handheld cellphone is against the law while operating a vehicle in the state, except in a few situations. It is also illegal for school bus drivers to use two-way radios or cellphones while loading /unloading passengers. Learn what the new law means for you as a driver in the state of… read more

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What You Need to Know About Georgia Car Accident Lawsuit Judgements

If you recently caused a car accident in Atlanta or anywhere else in Georgia, you may wonder whether the other driver will file a lawsuit against you. Ideally, your auto insurance policy will cover the damages and settle the matter. However, there are a few circumstances that could lead to the other driver filing a lawsuit against you, as well a the judgments that are issued. If I’m Being Sued for a Car Accident in Georgia What Can They Take? If you wind up the defendant in a car accident lawsuit, you should have some idea of the damages you… read more

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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 Are The Most Important Georgia Motorcycle Laws To Know?

Georgia motorcyclists should be aware of their state’s laws concerning acceptable practices for motorcycles on the road. Since motorcycles are smaller and more maneuverable than larger passenger vehicles and do not afford riders much protection in motorbike accidents, special provisions for motorcyclists on the road don’t apply to larger cars. Many states have adopted special laws concerning motorcycles, especially concerning lane-splitting, lane filtering, and lane sharing. There are some grey areas in motorcycle laws that cause a lot of confusion regarding what’s legal. And these regulations will vary and be enforced differently from state to state. We will shed some… read more

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Which Burn Injuries Can Completely Heal?

Burns are severe injuries that can take quite a long time to fully heal. One of the most prevalent questions among burn injury victims is which types of burn injuries can completely heal. Some burns may require surgical intervention to restore function in the affected areas, while other burns may leave permanent scarring and disfigurement. The type of burn, the severity, and the location of the burn on the victim’s body are all important factors when it comes to predicting recovery. What is the Degree Scale for Burns? Most burns that affect the surface of the skin fall into a… read more

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High Praise for Joel Wooten from Georgia High Court

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harris Hines with Justices Keith Blackwell and Nels Peterson surprised founding partner Joel Wooten with an Amicus Curiae Award.  The resolution states that Wooten has had a “profound impact on the State of Georgia and its legal system” and is “described by his colleagues and friends as a quiet man of understated excellence, who is devoted and equally kind to people from all walks of life, who is always calm, well-prepared, and can be counted on to get the job done, and who never calls attention to himself.” To read full details, download a pdf… read more

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Butler Wooten & Peak Opens New Office in Savannah

Butler Wooten & Peak (BWP) and its partners have handled personal injury cases in Savannah and the coastal Georgia area for over 30 years, and has now opened an office in Downtown Savannah. “We’ve got cases pending there now, and lots of friends in the Bar both in Savannah and elsewhere along the Coast,” said Brandon L. Peak of BWP.   “This will make helping people on the Coast easier for us.” James E. Butler, Jr. of BWP anticipates spending even more time in Savannah than he has for the past several years.  “Years ago I tried several cases in Savannah,… 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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