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Partners Jim Butler & Brandon Peak Selected as 2019 Georgia’s Best Lawyers

BWP is pleased to announce that partners Jim Butler and Brandon Peak were again selected as among the best lawyers in their respective specialties in the State of Georgia, and are listed in the 2019 edition of Georgia’s Best Lawyers. Peak was also an honoree for “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Plaintiffs Litigation. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Jim, Brandon, and all of the lawyers at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP focus their practice on business torts, personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, trucking, and federal qui tam “whistleblower”… read more

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How Do I Know If I Have a Concussion?

Concussions are the most common type of brain injuries. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can arise due to external trauma to the skull. Any bump or blow to the head in an auto accident, slip and fall, sports impact, or other situation could cause a concussion. The symptoms and prognosis for recovery after suffering a concussion will depend on the severity of the injury; however, most victims with concussions fully recover over time. See a doctor about a potential concussion the day you start noticing symptoms. The Uniqueness of Each Brain Injury Finding out whether you have… read more

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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Injured Army Soldier

Butler Wooten & Peak has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Army Specialist Winston Hencely of Effingham County, Georgia.  Spc. Hencely was grievously injured when he stopped a suicide bomber at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on November 12, 2016.  The bomber killed six and injured seventeen, including Spc. Hencely.  The lawsuit was filed against the bomber’s employer, Fluor Corporation, and three subsidiary corporations in the United States District Court in Greenville, South Carolina. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/02/26/he-confronted-a-suicide-bomber-just-before-an-attack-now-hes-suing-the-insurgents-boss/ https://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/disabled-georgia-soldier-sues-defense-contractor-over-suicide-bombing/EVSAMLtqEBvSaK2vCwx0II/

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James E. Butler Gift Guarantees Aid for Veterans at UGA Law

By Katheryn Tucker | February 04, 2019 With a gift form a well-known graduate, the University of Georgia law school has announced it will guarantee financial aid to veterans. “Thanks to the generous support to date, the School of Law has reached the point where every veteran currently enrolled in the entering class will receive financial aid,” UGA Law Dean Peter “Bo” Rutledge said in a statement to be released Tuesday. “What better way to honor military women and men for their service than to provide them monetary support for their education.” Rutledge added, “I am grateful to renowned trial attorney… read more

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Butler Wooten & Peak Partners Selected to 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers

Butler Wooten & Peak LLP is pleased to announce that all of the firm’s partners were again selected as 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers — Jim Butler, Joel Wooten, Brandon Peak, Tedra Cannella and Rob Snyder. 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. Congratulations are also in order for associates David Rohwedder and Ramsey Prather, who were selected as 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars. This is a distinguished honor given to only… read more

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Where Are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Savannah?

In 2017, the city of Savannah, Georgia recorded 20 fatal car accidents and 23 deaths. Two of these accidents involved drunk drivers, while eight involved pedestrians. The state as a whole had 1,554 traffic fatalities the most recent year data is available. Intersections are some of the most common settings for serious and fatal car accidents in Savannah. Drivers speeding, running red lights, ignoring stop signs, distracted driving, and failing to yield the right-of-way can all cause accidents at some of Savannah’s most dangerous intersections. Whatever the cause, it’s important to consult an experienced Savannah car accident attorney to seek… read more

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What is Georgia’s Contributory Negligence Law?

Negligence is the central legal concept on which most personal injury claims revolve. Negligence is someone’s failure to exercise a reasonable degree of care to prevent injury to another person. Many personal injury lawsuits in Atlanta also involve the concept of contributory negligence. This concept has the power to bar a plaintiff from financial recovery in certain situations, or reduce recovery, based on the state’s strict modified comparative negligence law. If you become a plaintiff in Georgia, you need to understand the state’s negligence laws. What Does Georgia’s Contributory Negligence Code Say? The text of Georgia’s contributory negligence law is… read more

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What is the Difference Between Workers Comp and Employers Liability?

Navigating a Georgia workers’ compensation claim takes knowledge of how the system works. Workers’ compensation exists to give injured employees an outlet for financial recovery without having to prove negligence. It does not matter whether an employer was negligent or at-fault for the employee’s injuries; the employee can recover compensation regardless, thanks to Georgia’s workers’ comp system. Qualifying for workers’ compensation does not necessarily mean the employer is liable. How Does Workers’ Compensation Work? Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. It takes the burden of proving someone else’s negligence off the injured worker’s shoulders. Workers’ comp is an insurance system… read more

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How Do I Know If a Head Injury Is Severe?

Head injuries can be a major cause of concern. Serious trauma can lead to internal bleeding, coma, brain damage, and even death if left untreated. The majority of head injuries are not serious and require minimal medical treatment. However, a head injury can quickly turn into a serious medical emergency if left untreated. Knowing the signs of a severe head injury can help you avoid severe complications. What is a Head Injury? Medical professionals define “head injury” as any trauma to the brain, skull, or scalp. Head injuries range in severity from a small bump to traumatic, severe, and life-altering… read more

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What Are the Consumer Protection Laws in Georgia?

When you purchase a product or service in Georgia, you expect to receive what you pay for. While many businesses operate ethically, some companies engage in criminal practices. Georgia consumer protection laws help unsuspecting purchasers stay safe from defective products in the face of these unethical activities. Georgia Lemon Laws The term “lemon” refers to a new automobile that has numerous issues and requires multiple expensive repairs. Georgia enacted the lemon laws in order to protect consumers who are purchasing new vehicles, allowing for peace of mind when visiting a car dealership. The lemon laws protect consumers’ vehicle purchases for… read more

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