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Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys, DeKalb County

Advocating for personal injury victims in Atlanta and across Georgia

If you are injured by the actions of an individual or organization, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. However, bringing a personal injury claim can quickly become complicated and overwhelming without assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney. The process and requirements can vary significantly, depending on the party at fault and the type of injury sustained.

The lawyers of Harris Lowry Manton LLP focus on large-scale litigation for personal injury cases and have secured millions of dollars in compensation for clients, including:

  • $43.5 million for the family of a man who died because of nursing home abuse and negligence.
  • $40 million for a former Police Chief and his wife, after our client was hit by a driver under the influence of drugs and rendered permanently disabled.
  • $40 million for our client who was paralyzed after her Ford Explorer shifted into reverse from the “park” position, and rolled over her.
  • $11.2 million verdict for the parents of Sara Elizabeth Jones, who was killed after being hit by a train.

If you or a family member was injured by the actions of another, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you need.

When do you need a personal injury lawyer?

How do you choose the best personal injury lawyer for your needs?

Many events and circumstances can lead to personal injury claims. You want a lawyer who focuses on injury and tort law, and who prepares every case for trial, like ours do. At HLM, our DeKalb County personal injury attorneys provide effective representation in some of the most complex personal injury cases, including:

  • Defective products. We handle cases involving auto defects, dangerous medical products, defective machinery, and more.
  • Aviation incidents. HLM stands out as one of only a few law firms capable of handling aviation accident cases involving pilot error or defective engines.
  • Child injury. We are passionate about getting justice for children who have been injured by a negligent party, including car accidents, defective products, or daycare workers.
  • Truck accidents. We understand the special regulations and circumstances that are important to achieving a successful outcome in your case.
  • Car accidents. We handle all manner of claims involving roadway defects, car crashes, motorcycle wrecks, boat accidents, taxi or bus collisions, and more. Our firm also advocates for victims injured by drunk driving and distracted driving accidents, as well as those involving Uber and Lyft vehicles.
  • Industrial site and construction injuriesWe routinely represent the families of individuals injured or killed because of the negligence of the company owner or the manufacturer of a defective tool.
  • Catastrophic injury. We represent clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries, or any injury that permanently prevents an individual from performing gainful work because of the negligent or intentional acts of others. Our lawyers have successfully handled cases involving dangerous or defective products, as well as catastrophic injuries (such as brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, burn injuries, and more) by medical professionals.
  • Wrongful death. Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another person or organization should never happen, and we diligently work to ensure that those at fault are held responsible.
  • Injuries caused by property owners. Our premises liability practice often represents clients who are injured due to roadway defects, buildings with inadequate security, or dangerous conditions on a property, such as slippery floors, vicious animals, violent customers or guests, broken elevators, and more.

What is important when you're picking a personal injury lawyer is that you find a lawyer that has experience. Not just experience handling personal injury cases per se, but experience in the courtroom, and who's actually taking cases to trial, has put a case similar to the one that you or your loved one has, and has actually tried that to the verdict. Those lawyers know how to put the case together in order to either try to a jury, or to maximize the recovery that they're going to get in any type of a resolution that there might be.

Not only having a lawyer that’s experienced and is taking cases to trial, but also one that you have a good relationship with and is compassionate, understands what you're going through, or at least tries to understand the type of situation you're in. Isn't just looking at you as another number, as another case, that has actually getting to know you, getting to know your family, spending time with you.

We go and spend time in our clients’ homes, we spend it with their family, we spend it with their loved ones and we really try to get to know the person, so that when we're presenting that case to a jury, we're presenting the most complete picture that we can of what has happened to this person, or what they were like if they passed away.

We have successfully handled numerous personal injury cases. Our reputation for success with high-value cases routinely results in referrals from other legal professionals. We appreciate these opportunities and tirelessly work to pursue each client’s best interest.

What are Georgia’s statute of limitations for injury claims?

Generally speaking, you only have two years from the day you were injured, or the day you could have reasonably known you were injured, to file your claim. There are some exceptions to this time limit:

  • Loss of reputation must be filed within one year
  • Loss of consortium must be filed within four years

Damages in personal injury claims in Atlanta, DeKalb County

There are three categories of damages:

  • Economic damages include your lost wages, medical bills, loss of future earning capacity, property damage, and funeral and/or burial expenses. They are losses that can be calculated.
  • Non-economic damages are for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship. There is no concrete monetary value for these losses; they are more subjective.
  • Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer, in the hopes that this person and/or entity will not engage in the behavior again. Punitive damages are rare, though our firm has successfully obtained punitive damages for many clients over the years.

Georgia is a comparative negligence state. This means that the amount you can collect in damages may be affected by your role, if any, in the event which caused you harm. For this reason, it is crucial that you never admit to fault: not at the scene of your car crash, not when you were using the defective product, not if you were hurt while doing your job – never. Tell us what happened to you and how, and we will advise you about your next steps, and which options are available to you.

Verdicts & Settlements

$11,200,000 (2017)
JONES v CSX: After three long years, Richard and Elizabeth Jones, parents of camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, have come...


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JONES v CSX: After three long years, Richard and Elizabeth Jones, parents of camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, have come to the end of a long, painful road of both investigation and litigation. Harris Lowry Manton LLP secured an $11.2 million jury verdict in the case of Jones v CSX, a resounding jury confirmation that the 2014 death of the vibrant and talented 27-year-old was the result of the negligence of multiple parties, including CSX Transportation. Sarah was fatally struck by a train while working on the film Midnight Rider. In this complicated case, which began with multiple defendants -- all of whom either settled out of court with the plaintiffs or were dismissed by HLM -- defendant CSX attempted to blame the victim for the tragedy, asserting the film crew should not have been on the tracks in the first place. The company also claimed the train operator could not see people on the tracks, and once he was upon the crew, could not slow down or stop as it would cause the train to derail. After hearing the facts presented by HLM's legal team, the jury sided with the plaintiffs, speaking clearly through their unanimous verdict of $11.2 million, of which CSX is responsible for 35%. HLM Partner Jeff Harris explained, “Richard and Elizabeth Jones’ objectives in filing this lawsuit have been clear and unwavering: To find out what happened on the day of their daughter’s death, determine who was responsible, hold those who made reckless and careless decisions accountable and, finally, ensure this kind of tragedy never happens again on another film set. With this verdict, the last step in our journey together, we have achieved those objectives." When asked their reaction to the verdict, Richard Jones, on behalf of the family said, "We are at peace."
$18,000,000 (2018)
Simmons v. SouthCoast Medical Group: In March of 2018, Harris Lowry Manton LLP partner Jeffrey R. Harris and associate Yvonne S. Godfrey secured a record-setting $18...


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Simmons v. SouthCoast Medical Group: In March of 2018, Harris Lowry Manton LLP partner Jeffrey R. Harris and associate Yvonne S. Godfrey secured a record-setting $18 million Chatham County jury on behalf of their client, Joan Simmons, who was tragically and catastrophically injured as a result of medical malpractice. Simmons, a 58-year-old woman in Okatie, S.C., was admitted to a Savannah, Ga. hospital on July 20, 2014, with complaints of back pain and signs of an infection. An infectious disease doctor at Southcoast Medical Group failed to diagnose and treat her spinal epidural abscess, a serious complication of the infection. The untreated abscess put pressure on Simmons’ spinal cord, causing paralysis in both legs. As a result of this medical negligence, Simmons was left permanently paraplegic. After hearing the facts presented by the legal team during the seven-day trial, the Chatham County jury returned the largest medical malpractice verdict – and the largest personal injury verdict – in the county’s history. The jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff, finding that Southcoast Medical Group and its physician were liable for failure to diagnose and treat a spinal abscess. The jury apportioned 90 percent of the fault—or $16.2 million—to SouthCoast Medical Group and Dr. Sarah Barbour, an infectious disease specialist. Harris Lowry Manton LLP’s trial attorneys clearly demonstrated the catastrophic effect of medical malpractice, explaining that Joan Simmons walked into the hospital and left in a wheelchair, unable to walk. The legal team worked hard to ensure that justice was served for their client and that responsible parties would be held accountable for their negligence. “The jury in this case recognized that Joan Simmons was tragically, catastrophically injured and that she will be a paraplegic the rest of her life as a result of medical malpractice,” said Harris Lowry Manton LLP partner Jeffrey R. Harris. “The jury’s...
$47,700,000 (2004)
Sasser v. Ford Motor Company: On June 15, 2000, Kelsey Sasser, age 6, was riding in the rear center seat...


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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...


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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...


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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...
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How does a personal injury claim work?

When you sustain an injury, you may be entitled to compensation for that injury. One of the best ways to ensure that your claim is handled correctly from the start is to hire a personal injury lawyer. Once you have hired your attorney, he or she will review your medical records, the police record (if there is one), and any other documentation regarding your claim.

From there, your lawyer will send a demand letter for compensation to the party responsible for your injuries. If the accountable party will not pay, then your lawyer will file the lawsuit. This can lead to settlement negotiations, or it can lead to litigation. Our legal team is dedicated to doing what is in the best interests of our clients, so every case is prepared for trial. This often leads to a better opening offer during settlement negotiations, too.

How are Personal Injury Cases Different from Other Legal Cases?

Schedule a free consultation with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer today

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury in DeKalb County, do not hesitate to speak to an experienced attorney. You have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries, and the professional personal injury attorneys at HLM have the skills and resources to help you. Call our Atlanta office at 404-961-7650 or our Savannah office at 912-651-9967 to schedule a free consultation. You can also complete our contact form.

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