Georgia’s Primary Catastrophic
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Helping people in Atlanta, Savannah, and across the state get the strongest recoveries possible

Personal injury victims and the families of deceased victims have the right to expect that the liable person or business will be held accountable. Legally, accountability means payment of the maximum financial award allowable to compensate victims for their medical bills, lost income, daily physical pain, emotional suffering, scarring, disfigurement, and all other related expenses. Injury victims need representation from professional Atlanta personal injury lawyers to determine how and why the incident or injuries happened, who is responsible, and the full extent of their damages.

At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, our team of knowledgeable attorneys have a reputation of success. We are the only Georgia firm to secure number one verdicts in six different categories – automotive, products liability, business torts, premises liability, nursing home misconduct, and medical malpractice – in the last 11 years. Our lawyers have more eight-figure verdicts than any other firm in Georgia over that same time period. Our strong record of handling complex cases is why many attorneys, including the top personal injury lawyers in the region, refer clients to us.

The Only Georgia firm
to secure #1 verdicts
in six different
categories

Our Verdicts & Settlements

$47,700,000 (2004)

Sasser v. Ford Motor Company: On June 15, 2000, Kelsey Sasser, age 6, was riding in the rear center seat of her mother’s 2000 Lincoln LS sedan. The rear seats were equipped with special latches permitting them to fold down to provide extra cargo space and access to the trunk. The car was involved in a frontal collision and Kelsey Sasser’s seat collapsed on her, causing spinal injuries. Kelsey is now paralyzed from the chest down and will require assisted care for the remainder of her life. Harris Lowry Manton LLP worked with Kelsey’s mother to sue the manufacturer of...
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2017-05-22T19:11:54+00:00
Sasser v. Ford Motor Company: On June 15, 2000, Kelsey Sasser, age 6, was riding in the rear center seat of her mother’s 2000 Lincoln LS sedan. The rear seats were equipped with special latches permitting them to fold down to provide extra cargo space and access to the trunk. The car was involved in a frontal collision and Kelsey Sasser’s seat collapsed on her, causing spinal injuries. Kelsey is now paralyzed from the chest down and will require assisted care for the remainder of her life. Harris Lowry Manton LLP worked with Kelsey’s mother to sue the manufacturer of the car, on Kelsey’s behalf, alleging that the seat collapsed as a result of a defective seat back latch. Jeff Harris explained, “Representing children who are catastrophically injured is a great responsibility. We were fighting to make sure that Kelsey would always have access to the highest level of medical care available. Had Ford done what a reasonable manufacturer would have done, this tragedy would never have occurred.” The plaintiffs also sought punitive damages, asserting that Ford knew about design problems with the latch as early as 1993. The company changed the design on its 2001 LS models but failed to recall the 2000 sedan. In this case, HLM secured combined compensatory and punitive damages against Ford totaling $47.7 million.

$43,500,000 (2010)

Terhune v. Forum Group Corp et al.: Loretta Terhune was awarded $8.5 million in actual damages and $35 million in punitive damages as a result of the poor care her father received during the eight months he was a resident at Moran Lake Road Nursing Home in Rome, Ga. Terhune sued Forum Medical, the company that owned and operated Moran Lake. Her father, Morris Ellison, was malnourished, dehydrated, denied medical care for a broken hip and ultimately died after what was supposed to be a temporary stay as he received post-operative rehabilitative care. He was otherwise in good health. Steve...
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2017-05-18T16:20:52+00:00
Terhune v. Forum Group Corp et al.: Loretta Terhune was awarded $8.5 million in actual damages and $35 million in punitive damages as a result of the poor care her father received during the eight months he was a resident at Moran Lake Road Nursing Home in Rome, Ga. Terhune sued Forum Medical, the company that owned and operated Moran Lake. Her father, Morris Ellison, was malnourished, dehydrated, denied medical care for a broken hip and ultimately died after what was supposed to be a temporary stay as he received post-operative rehabilitative care. He was otherwise in good health. Steve Lowry, lead counsel, explained, “The care provided by this nursing home was horrific. The owner was using health insurance payments to fund his lavish lifestyle while depriving the nurse home residents of basic care. The large punitive damages award should serve as a wakeup call that the citizens of Georgia will not tolerate those who abuse the elderly.” With the help of Harris Lowry Manton, Ms. Terhune’s case brought the largest judgment against a nursing home facility in the history of the State of Georgia.

$40,000,000 (2016)

Jenkins v. Lambert: On May 10, 2016, a Decatur County Superior Court jury awarded $35 million to Climax, Georgia, Police Chief Joel Jenkins and $5 million to his wife Aimee after he was hit by a pickup truck in 2010. Harris Lowry Manton partner Stephen G. Lowry served as lead counsel for the Jenkins family. The jury found Derrick Steven Lambert liable for Jenkins’ injuries. Lambert was under the influence of Oxycontin and Xanax when he hit Jenkins’ patrol car head-on with his 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck. Chief Jenkins had pulled to the side of the road in to...
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2017-02-19T02:23:14+00:00
Jenkins v. Lambert: On May 10, 2016, a Decatur County Superior Court jury awarded $35 million to Climax, Georgia, Police Chief Joel Jenkins and $5 million to his wife Aimee after he was hit by a pickup truck in 2010. Harris Lowry Manton partner Stephen G. Lowry served as lead counsel for the Jenkins family. The jury found Derrick Steven Lambert liable for Jenkins’ injuries. Lambert was under the influence of Oxycontin and Xanax when he hit Jenkins’ patrol car head-on with his 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck. Chief Jenkins had pulled to the side of the road in to help a stranded motorist. The lights on his car were flashing. Chief Jenkins is confined to a wheelchair at present because of hip problems caused by the wreck. Jenkins, 42, is permanently disabled and can never work in law enforcement again. Evidence presented to the jury included Lambert’s claim the patrol car lights weren’t flashing and his explanation that he didn’t see the car; he did not attempt to brake; and 11 days before trial he was charged with DUI. Lambert’s legal defense was to blame Jenkins and the stranded motorist for the wreck. “Chief Jenkins was hurt for doing his job the way he was supposed to,” Steve said. “It was an honor to help Joel and Aimee after his tragedy.” Though Lambert was under the influence, his lawyers pointed to the victim for causing his own injuries. They claimed circumstances did not warrant Jenkins parking partially to the side of the road facing south in a northbound traffic lane. Lambert also blamed the stranded motorist, claiming the man had a suspended license and knew he had a faulty gas gauge when he ran out of gas. Lambert’s attorneys also fought against damages, saying Jenkins’ hip injuries were caused...

$40,000,000 (2009)

Mundy v. Ford Motor Company: On November 1, 2005, Jessica pulled her Ford Explorer into a parking space in front of the post office located in McDonough, Georgia. She intended to drop off a package in an outside drop box when she put her vehicle in park and conversed with a friend on her cell phone for several minutes. She then opened the driver’s side door, exited the vehicle and walked toward the drop box. As she approached the sidewalk, the vehicle suddenly, and without warning, shifted into reverse from the park position and began to roll backward. Jessica immediately...
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2017-05-18T16:23:11+00:00
Mundy v. Ford Motor Company: On November 1, 2005, Jessica pulled her Ford Explorer into a parking space in front of the post office located in McDonough, Georgia. She intended to drop off a package in an outside drop box when she put her vehicle in park and conversed with a friend on her cell phone for several minutes. She then opened the driver’s side door, exited the vehicle and walked toward the drop box. As she approached the sidewalk, the vehicle suddenly, and without warning, shifted into reverse from the park position and began to roll backward. Jessica immediately returned to the vehicle and attempted to reach the shifter lever to place the vehicle back in park. As she tried to get back in the vehicle she was struck by the driver’s side door on the moving vehicle and knocked down. The vehicle ran over her, causing a fracture of her spine. As a result she was rendered a paraplegic. In 2009, Harris Lowry Manton sued Ford Motor Company on behalf of Jessica Mundy and her husband, Butts County Sheriff Ken Mundy, and secured a $40 million verdict. HLM was able to show that Ford Motor Company had known for decades that their transmissions suffered from a defect known as false park. In addition to obtaining the verdict on behalf of the Mundy family, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation to examine the transmissions defects. According to Jeff Harris, “Obtaining justice for Jessica and Ken was extremely rewarding and knowing that the work HLM did on this case led to a federal investigation of Ford was a great accomplishment for consumers nationwide.” HLM’s trial team consisted of Jeff Harris, Steve Lowry and Jed Manton. Steve Lowry noted, “When an individual sues a company such as...

$30,500,000 (2016)

Louis v. Gwinnett Medical Center, Dr. Williard Hearin: A jury awarded $30.5 million to a mother and her child who was born severely and permanently brain-damaged because of medical malpractice. Harris Lowry Manton LLP partner Jed Manton served as co-counsel, along with Dan Weinstock of Philadelphia, in the Gwinnett County state court case. Zetah Louis was 35 weeks pregnant when an ultrasound showed possible blood flow problems through the umbilical cord to the fetus. Instead of preparing for an emergency C-section, she was sent to Gwinnett Medical Center for a consult. After arriving at the hospital, she was forced to...
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2017-02-19T02:22:33+00:00
Louis v. Gwinnett Medical Center, Dr. Williard Hearin: A jury awarded $30.5 million to a mother and her child who was born severely and permanently brain-damaged because of medical malpractice. Harris Lowry Manton LLP partner Jed Manton served as co-counsel, along with Dan Weinstock of Philadelphia, in the Gwinnett County state court case. Zetah Louis was 35 weeks pregnant when an ultrasound showed possible blood flow problems through the umbilical cord to the fetus. Instead of preparing for an emergency C-section, she was sent to Gwinnett Medical Center for a consult. After arriving at the hospital, she was forced to wait an extended time period and a follow up test which had been ordered STAT was not timely performed.

$17,500,000 (2010)

Corey v. City of Atlanta, Clear Channel and Barbara Fouch: In July 2010, a federal jury awarded $17.5 million to Corey Airport Services after finding that the City of Atlanta, Clear Channel and Barbara Fouch, Clear Channel’s minority partner, conspired to deprive Corey of its equal protection rights while bidding for the advertising contract at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2002. The case, which was filed in 2004, concerned how the City of Atlanta procures contracts for advertising at the world’s busiest airport. HLM brought the complicated, lengthy business litigation to a successful finish, securing a $17.5 million judgment against...
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2017-05-18T16:22:36+00:00
Corey v. City of Atlanta, Clear Channel and Barbara Fouch: In July 2010, a federal jury awarded $17.5 million to Corey Airport Services after finding that the City of Atlanta, Clear Channel and Barbara Fouch, Clear Channel’s minority partner, conspired to deprive Corey of its equal protection rights while bidding for the advertising contract at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2002. The case, which was filed in 2004, concerned how the City of Atlanta procures contracts for advertising at the world’s busiest airport. HLM brought the complicated, lengthy business litigation to a successful finish, securing a $17.5 million judgment against the defendants, with all aspects of the decision recently reaffirmed by Federal District Judge Charles Pannell. Jeff Harris, of HLM, was brought on as lead counsel shortly before trial. Harris explained, “It was an honor to represent Billy Corey and his company. Billy was willing to take on City Hall to expose years of improper conduct. Facing an uphill battle and unlimited defense resources, Billy not only took City Hall on, but he won.”

$16,520,000 (2013)

Chhetri v. Michelin: After a seven-day trial, the jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiff, represented by Harris Lowry Manton, and awarded $16,520,000 in damages in Chhetri vs. Michelin, a product liability and wrongful death case. HLM’s Jeff Harris served as lead counsel. On March 22, 2011, 50 year-old Mr. Kharka Chhetri, beloved husband and father, died after the failure of a defective tire on a 15-passenger van in which he was a passenger. The tread completely separated from the tire, causing the van to go out of control, hit a guardrail, and roll over. Mr. Chhetri, his wife, Ganga, and...
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2017-05-18T16:18:46+00:00
Chhetri v. Michelin: After a seven-day trial, the jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiff, represented by Harris Lowry Manton, and awarded $16,520,000 in damages in Chhetri vs. Michelin, a product liability and wrongful death case. HLM’s Jeff Harris served as lead counsel. On March 22, 2011, 50 year-old Mr. Kharka Chhetri, beloved husband and father, died after the failure of a defective tire on a 15-passenger van in which he was a passenger. The tread completely separated from the tire, causing the van to go out of control, hit a guardrail, and roll over. Mr. Chhetri, his wife, Ganga, and his three children, refugees from Bhutan, immigrated to the United States in 2009 through a United Nations resettlement program. Mr. Chhetri was traveling on I-75 south near Forsyth, Georgia, along with 14 other passengers, all of whom were on their way to work in Perry, Georgia, when the tire caused the van to crash. Mr. Chhetri’s case was the first to go to trial of the 14 cases that Harris Lowry Manton has filed on behalf of the van passengers. As pointed out by attorney Jeff Harris, the Chhetri case “essentially was a bellwether trial for this accident.” On behalf of Mr. Chhetri’s widow, Ganga, HLM demonstrated to the jury that Defendant Michelin North America, Inc. negligently designed and manufactured the defective tire that failed, a LT245/75R16 120Q Uniroyal Laredo Tire. HLM also demonstrated that Michelin knew, or should have known, that the tire was defective and dangerous, but it failed to warn the public of this danger, showing a conscious indifference to the consequences and warranting punitive damages. Michelin argued that its tire was not defectively designed or manufactured, but the jury rejected this inaccurate defense. The jury also elected to award punitive damages in the amount of $11,500,000...

$11,558,366.66 (2010)

Bilbrey v. United States of America: Judge Clay D. Land ordered the United States of America to pay Mary Bilbrey and her profoundly injured son, Anthony Bilbrey, more than $11.5 million after a United States Postal Service (USPS) employee was found negligent in the operation of his mail delivery truck. Steve Lowry, of Harris Lowry Manton LLP, served as lead counsel for Mary and Anthony. On December 22, 2006, after an early morning of Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart and a breakfast stop at Hardees, Mary Bilbrey – who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time – and her...
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2017-05-18T16:19:37+00:00
Bilbrey v. United States of America: Judge Clay D. Land ordered the United States of America to pay Mary Bilbrey and her profoundly injured son, Anthony Bilbrey, more than $11.5 million after a United States Postal Service (USPS) employee was found negligent in the operation of his mail delivery truck. Steve Lowry, of Harris Lowry Manton LLP, served as lead counsel for Mary and Anthony. On December 22, 2006, after an early morning of Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart and a breakfast stop at Hardees, Mary Bilbrey – who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time – and her fiancé, Jason Murray, were driving to their Monroe, Georgia home. Traveling south on Highway 11 Murray and Bilbrey both testified that the USPS employee suddenly pulled into their lane from his position off the right-hand side of the road. A commercially licensed, experienced driver, Murray swerved to avoid colliding with the USPS truck yet ultimately lost control of his vehicle. The car ran off the road into a fence where a wooden fence rail impaled the vehicle, forcefully striking Mary’s pregnant abdomen. She went into premature labor suffered serious injury and the impact severely brain-damaged her son. The United States denied that the postal driver was responsible for causing the wreck. Steve Lowry explained, “Even though there were no independent eye witnesses to the wreck, we were able to prove that the postal driver was at fault through an extensive investigation that focused on recreating the wreck using forensic evidence to show the postal driver was at fault. The substantial recovery will allow for Anthony to receive the best available medical care going forward.” HLM worked tirelessly to see justice done in this very tragic case.

$10,600,000 (2007)

Zakrocki v. Ford Motor Company: Rebekah Zakrocki was traveling at highway speeds between 65 to 70 mph along the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey at around 9:45 a.m. on November 10, 2000 when she lost control of her vehicle after the throttle stuck. She had to stomp on the gas pedal to release it, which, in turn, resulted in the car lunging forward. Ms. Zakrocki made a sharp turn to the left to avoid hitting a car in front of her, followed by a sharp turn to the right, her SUV eventually rolled over. Ms. Zakrocki’s Explorer failed Ford’s...
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2017-05-18T16:25:28+00:00
Zakrocki v. Ford Motor Company: Rebekah Zakrocki was traveling at highway speeds between 65 to 70 mph along the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey at around 9:45 a.m. on November 10, 2000 when she lost control of her vehicle after the throttle stuck. She had to stomp on the gas pedal to release it, which, in turn, resulted in the car lunging forward. Ms. Zakrocki made a sharp turn to the left to avoid hitting a car in front of her, followed by a sharp turn to the right, her SUV eventually rolled over. Ms. Zakrocki’s Explorer failed Ford’s internal objective for passenger vehicles in that it rolled over by virtue of steering inputs alone – an on-road friction rollover. Ms. Zakrocki sustained serious, long-term injuries as a result of the vehicle malfunction. Steve Lowry of Harris Lowry Manton LLP was brought on to try the case because of his extensive background in product liability cases. Steve noted, “It’s always an honor when another law firm asks you to try a case with them. Getting to try this case with Barry Eichen of New Jersey was a wonderful experience.  We were able to show that Rebekah’s Explorer suffered from a defect which Ford knew about for years and obtain the compensation that she deserved.” Harris Lowry Manton LLP secured an $10.6 million verdict against Ford for its negligence.

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Catastrophic Injury

We fight for victims who suffer permanent injuries and for those who need around-the-clock care, or whose lives have been dramatically altered through no fault of their own. We have built a strong reputation for representing the families of loved ones who have been killed as a result of someone else’s negligence. Some of the most serious personal injury claims our Atlanta catastrophic injury lawyers handle include:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI). This injury often completely changes a person’s life. A TBI can cause severe cognitive difficulties, loss of physical function, and many emotional complications.

Spinal cord injuries. We are experienced at showing that an act of negligence by another party caused loss of motor function, loss of bladder control, changes in sexual function, and other pain and nerve damages. In the most serious cases, victims can become quadriplegic or paraplegic.

Loss of limb. Clients who lose an arm or a leg, a hand or a foot, or multiple appendages, suffer physical pain and the inability to perform daily living activities, such as eating or enjoying time with their loved ones. Some people are permanently unable to return to work. Prosthetics may be required. The physical pain is made worse for most patients because it is accompanied by the emotional suffering of disfigurement.

Burn injuries. First-, second-, and third-degree burns can be caused by an auto or truck accident, accidents at home, or accidents in workplaces such as industrial sites. Even with surgery, burns often cause scarring and disfigurement.

• Child injury. These cases are especially serious because children are less developmentally equipped to process trauma and can suffer lasting effects into adulthood.Injuries caused by property owners. Business and property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe so that visitors and shoppers do not slip and fall, get hit by moving objects, or get attacked because security was negligent.

• Nursing home abuse. Our lawyers represent seniors who have been mistreated or otherwise hurt due to physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse, or due to negligence. Birth injuries. We have successfully negotiated and tried medical malpractice cases across Georgia. Our medical malpractice lawyers bring claims against hospitals, doctors, nurses, and others who fail to properly diagnose a birth injury, fail to properly address known risks during delivery, and fail to treat correctable problems in a timely manner.

• Wrongful death. We represent the families of loved ones who have been tragically killed due to the fault of another. Our lawyers seek and demand compensation for the loss of financial and emotional support the deceased would have provided spouses, children, and other family members. When a catastrophe occurs, you can rely on the experience and compassion of the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at HLM.

Trucking and Auto Accidents

Drivers and vehicle owners have a duty to drive safely. Vehicle collisions are a leading cause of fatalities and injuries in Georgia and across the country. Our Savannah and Atlanta auto accident lawyers handle cases involving:

Auto accidents. We protected people injured by speeding, reckless driving, distracted or drunk driving, or any other negligent roadway behavior. Our firm also handles claims involving autonomous vehicles.

Truck accidents. Truck drivers and trucking companies who encourage drivers to put profit and fast delivery ahead of safety should pay their victims for the injuries and deaths they cause. From drowsy or distracted drivers to poorly maintained vehicles and defective parts, our experienced Savannah and Atlanta truck accident lawyers can handle complex claims.

Motorcycle accidents. These crashes are often deadly or catastrophic because motorcycle riders have little protection, often falling straight to the ground at high speeds.

Public transportation and mass transit accidents. We file claims against governmental entities, owners, and drivers in these types of cases, which often injure multiple occupants and are often caused by faulty supervision, poor training, failure to follow regulations, intoxication, and careless disregard for others. We handle:

Aviation crashes
Train and subway accidents
Boat accidents and maritime collisions
Bus accidents

Drivers and owners need to understand that if they cause death or injuries, they should pay for failing to obey the traffic laws, failing to properly prepare their vehicles, and for reckless behavior.

Defective Products

If any consumer product causes injuries and the product was defective when used, the victim likely has a case against the makers, distributors, or sellers of the product. Our Atlanta injury lawyers have a strong record of success in the following types of claims:

Auto defects. The manufacturers of cars and car parts deserve to be held accountable when steering wheels fails to turn, brakes fail to perform, electrical components do not work, or other car defects cause death or injury.

Truck defects. Truck accidents are especially dangerous because of a truck’s weight, size, and dimensions. Cars and motorcycles are no match for trucks that have bad brakes, defective hydraulics, bad tires, and other defects.

Defective medical device products. Makers of hip implants, vaginal meshes, prosthetics, and other medical devices make a lot of money when they sell their products. When the products cause the user to need corrective surgeries or to manage intense physical pain, the makers can and should be sued for the injuries they cause.

Defective pharmaceutical products. Drug makers, distributors, and sellers have a duty to make sure their products are safe for consumers.

Dangerous talcum powder products. Current studies show that there is a link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. At HLM, we are bringing product liability claims against talc manufacturers for the harm they cause women and their families.

Our Savannah and Atlanta product liability attorneys handle a full range of product liability cases including the above actions and those involving electrical products and toys that cause harm or fatalities.

Business and Commercial Law

Businesses, financial advisors, and insurance companies all have a duty to act fairly and honestly when dealing with consumers and the public. If a company or individual misrepresents the facts, fails to use due diligence, acts in bad faith, or does not comply with federal or state law, our Georgia business law attorneys file and litigate the appropriate legal claims. We bring actions for bad faith insurance negotiation, consumer and business fraud, and violations of commercial law and securities law. We also handle a broad array of business disputes, including intellectual property.

Speak with a leading Georgia personal injury law firm today

The insurance companies will have the best lawyers representing their interests. You need a lawyer with the skills, experience, and record of success to forcefully convince these companies to settle cases before they go to trial or to persuade trial juries that the defendants are liable. Injury victims, families, and referring lawyers can rely on the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Harris Lowry Manton LLP, to conduct thorough case analysis, apply the most current and relevant law, and use compelling arguments to obtain justice in state and federal court. For help now, please call 404-998-8847, or use our contact form to schedule a consultation at our offices in Atlanta or Savannah.

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