Haug Law News

August 11, 2017
elderly woman with black eye holding hand to her eye

Under current law, when a person is abused in a nursing home or other elder-care center, they have a right to sue for damages in civil court provided they have not signed a binding-arbitration clause with that center. If members of the current Washington administration have their way, this will end. Those abused in nursing […]

August 7, 2017
Young boy taking his football helmet off after a game

If you have a child that plays sports or is attending summer camp, it’s important that you understand heat-related illnesses. It is equally important for coaches, counselors and other workers to be aware of these illnesses that can affect people of any age. It’s not unusual for practices, activities and games to take place under […]

July 28, 2017
Athlete runner feet running on road closeup on shoe with nature background

An unusual accident occurred on July 25, in which a pedestrian was left critically injured, a police officer was listed in stable condition, and a home was damaged. The cause of the accident is thought to have been a vehicle that was making a left turn. Reports indicate that a DeKalb County police officer was […]

July 21, 2017
Train Tressel

While working on the movie “Midnight Rider,” a young woman lost her life. Her parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit and were recently awarded $11.2 million. Several parties were named as defendants in the case, and all will share in paying the damages. According to reports, the young woman was part of a film crew […]

July 17, 2017
Doctor holding a senior patients 's hand on a walking stick

  Choosing to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be difficult. You don’t want to force your elderly family member to give up their independence, but you know it is no longer safe for them to live on their own. But what if it isn’t safe for them […]

July 14, 2017
Double Yellow Lines That Vanish Into Distance as They Converge on Empty Road

A family is looking for a loved one who was involved in a crash, not because he was lost on scene, but because he walked out of the hospital and vanished. The accident happened on July 6 and the man broke his leg. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-fatal injuries. The […]

July 7, 2017
CT Scan

Several Georgia doctors stand accused of failing to diagnose a patient with cancer in time to save his life. The patient died from cancer-related complications in 2015, just three years after finally receiving a diagnosis. By the time the cancer was detected, it had spread through his body. The medical professionals named in the lawsuit […]

July 5, 2017
first person perspective of a shoe stepping on a banana peel

Coming off of your feet is a scary experience. One moment you are walking along, the next you are trying to catch yourself as you fall. What you do immediately following any slip and fall accident can make a difference in whether a claim is paid out or a lawsuit is successful. Here is what […]

June 30, 2017
Level asphalted road with a dividing stripes and pedestrian crossing

A teenager in Georgia has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and failure to report an accident. The charges stem from a June 19 accident that took the life of a pedestrian. According to reports, a young woman and a friend were walking on SR 81 in McDonough. The friend crossed the […]

June 23, 2017
Disabled Injured Person With Sprained or Broken Ankle or Foot Sits Inside With Crutches Looking Outside the Sliding Glass Door Window on a Sunny Day

It has been close to two years since a doctor has worked in the state’s prison system, but he is still being found responsible for deaths of women who had been in his care. The latest victim died in April as a result of complications from diabetes. Before her death, the woman’s right leg was amputated […]

June 13, 2017
Twenty Yard Line on American Football Field with Hash Marks

In 2016, free agent Derrick Coleman was charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault. Although he was not officially playing with a team, the NFL suspended him for four games. He also faced punishment from a judge. This year, Coleman has signed with the Atlanta Falcons and will be taking the field for the offense. […]

June 6, 2017
Uprooted tree fell on a house after a serious storm came through

Few people expect to walk past a tree and be injured. After all, trees have deep roots and rarely topple. Unfortunately, trees can be taken off of their foundations faster than people believe. When they fall over, they can cause extreme injury if an unsuspecting pedestrian happens to be walking by. Head and brain injury, […]

May 26, 2017
Photo of professional healthcare and support at nursing home

A man was arrested in May after being accused of intentionally breaking a woman’s leg in a health facility. The woman was 98 years old at the time and had to undergo surgery to repair the injury. That woman did not make it through the surgery. According to a report of the incident, another staff […]

May 19, 2017
young donkey at the alps, bavaria

A woman who was attacked by a donkey in November 2015 is suing a hospital for medical malpractice. The victim of the animal has settled with the farm she was visiting at the time of the attack for an undisclosed amount. According to reports, the elderly woman was visiting a farm with permission. She was […]

May 18, 2017
Cropped image of woman putting shopping bags inside trunk of her blue car

Fleeing from the police is never a good idea. Not only does it typically end up causing additional charges to be filed, but it poses the risk of causing an accident and injury to innocent people. This is exactly what happened on the streets of Atlanta recently. According to reports released by the police department, […]

May 10, 2017
Medicine doctor hand giving prescription list to patient closeup

A woman in Georgia suffered terrible injury as the result of a medication error. The woman is so unrecognizable today that she feels like she has lost someone she used to know. At only 26, the woman is recovering from a medication error that caused her skin to burn from the inside out. The woman […]

April 26, 2017
truck on asphalt road

The City of South Fulton is reeling after discovering that an SUV full of high-school age teenagers was in a devastating wreck with a semi truck. According to reports, a Lincoln Navigator with five teens ran a red light at the intersection of Butner Road and Campbellton Fairburn Road around 1:15 p.m. They were struck […]

April 19, 2017
Abstract blur beautiful luxury restaurant interior for background

For anyone who has traveled through Atlanta, the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel is one of the most recognizable landmarks. The top of the hotel is the Sun Dial restaurant, which rotates slowly to give diners a full, 360 degree view of the city. Unfortunately, the Sun Dial was recently the site of a tragic […]

April 12, 2017
Atlanta Georgia State Capital Gold Dome

Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, has been in some hot water in the past few months due to his use of using vehicles with sirens and blue lights to get around the city. While some law enforcement officials say it’s clearly illegal, as doing so is not for an emergency situation, Reed says it is […]

April 5, 2017
Front part of yellow school bus children educational transport with signs in the parking lot waiting to be in service

Sharing the road with school buses is a task (and sometimes a hassle) that every driver has to deal with at one point or another. Yet, those buses provide a vital service for our communities, and being in an accident with one can cause injuries to children. Luckily, this wasn’t the case in a recent […]

March 30, 2017
elder hand on loincloth thai, elder sitting on wheelchairs in bamboo garden

When we entrust our loved ones to the care of others, we expect that they will be loved and looked after appropriately and professionally. It is rarely an easy decision to place an elderly family member in a nursing home or long-term care facility. That is part of the reason it is so disturbing to […]

March 27, 2017
Man leading a group of riders up a mountain road during a race

A cyclist is recovering after being hit by a car on Tuesday, March 25. The man was riding his bicycle with a group of other cyclists, wearing reflective clothing. He also had blinking lights on his bike, as did other riders. Despite being visible, he was still struck. Here is what happened in Senoia, Georgia […]

March 16, 2017
Traffic cones at tropical street warning about asphalt pavement works

A hit and run accident proved fatal for two department of transportation workers in South Carolina earlier in March. The state’s highway patrol investigated the incident and they now believe that they know what happened. According to reports, a man who was on probation in Georgia was traveling in South Carolina. Driving through Aiken, the […]

March 10, 2017
crosswalk

Early in March, a woman was crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Murray Street. The woman was struck by two vehicles, the first stopping and the second fleeing the scene. The woman who fled was eventually caught and has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and driving with a suspended license. The woman’s attorney […]

February 28, 2017
chickens on a farm

Many people have personal convictions about what they will and will not eat. However, these convictions do not often result in violence or crime. One local woman from Hull, Georgia (northwest of Athens) took her convictions to the next level when she took action against a chicken truck. The driver of the truck was driving […]

February 22, 2017
ropped image of judge hitting gavel with stethoscope in courtroom

In 2009, a pregnant woman checked into Northside Hospital, ready to give birth. However, during the birthing process, she suffered from preeclampsia and a pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs). The woman’s family say doctors did not properly treat her for these conditions, which led to severe issues just a few days later. Three days […]

February 21, 2017
closeup of seatbelt

The Georgia State Patrol responded to a tragic accident earlier this month in Walker County, near State Route 136 and Ponder Creek Road/Cantrell Road. The wreck happened late in the afternoon, around 5 p.m. The driver, a 51-year-old man, lost control of his car, veered off the road and hit a tree. He hit the […]

February 8, 2017
Closeup of gavel in court room

In 2011, a 14-year-old girl from the coastal city of Richmond Hill, Georgia took her own life. Before her suicide, she self-mutilated herself multiple times in the neck, abdomen and breasts. Local police investigated her case, taking multiple photos of her wounds. One of the investigating officers used those photos to explain the nature of […]

January 30, 2017
Interior of an ambulance

In January of 2015, a man named Johnny Lee Bryant was living in The Place nursing home in Augusta, Georgia. He was sent to Doctor’s Hospital to be treated for sepsis and pneumonia. There, he was treated by Dr. Hetal Thakore from January 8 to January 15. During that time, it was noted that Bryant, […]

January 20, 2017
The semi-truck moving on a highway.

In 2015, a truck driver caused a seven-car wreck, which killed five nursing students from Georgia Southern University. After a nearly two-year long legal process, a survivor of that wreck, Megan Richards, has been awarded $15 million in a civil suit. Jurors deliberated for nearly four hours before deciding on the amount that the trucking […]

January 19, 2017

A woman in Gwinnett County was walking on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road early on Christmas morning when she was struck by a car. Since then, she has been on life support at Gwinnett Medical Center. Now, her family wants legal action taken against the driver. The parents of the victim, Taylor Hamm, plus their attorney and […]

January 10, 2017
gavel resting on law book

In 2009, a man named Sean Elliott underwent back surgery at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. He had a degenerative disc disease. The operation seemed to go well, but two weeks later, Elliott was rushed to the emergency room. The only way he could breathe was through a ventilator. The reason? His surgical wound was infected. The […]

August 4, 2016

Our team at the Haug Law Group regularly receives large verdicts and settlements for our clients, but we are not afraid to try cases of moderate to minor damages. An example of this can be seen through our victory in a Magistrate Court trial on July 7, 2016. A single-mother was involved in an automobile […]

June 30, 2016

Almost everyone is familiar with the idea that if a person dies as a result of the negligence of another, damages could be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit. However, perhaps not as common is the idea that one could also recover for prenatal harms. There are three different kinds of prenatal harms recognized at […]

June 30, 2016

Dog owners can recover the value of medical costs in a Negligence Action in Georgia. In Georgia, when a person is injured in an accident due to the negligence of someone else, she can often recover money damages for her personal injuries, including her medical costs. If that same person passes away due to the […]

June 30, 2016

If someone is injured in another’s home, the homeowner could be liable for any damages caused. Common problems include falling on slippery or insecure surfaces, being injured in pools or trampolines, lawnmower accidents, and accidents involving pets or unsafe conditions on the property. You can protect yourself from liability by knowing the situations that could […]

June 30, 2016

Prior to 1946, the government could not be sued based on the doctrine of Sovereign Immunity. However, today, if a person is injured because of the acts of a government employee acting within the scope of employment, the injured person can sue the government for personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage. Therefore, if a […]

June 2, 2016

If a person is injured by a drunk driver, who is liable? Obviously, the person driving drunk could be sued if he negligently caused an accident that resulted in Plaintiff’s injuries. However, the person or establishment that gave the driver the alcohol in the first place could also be held responsible. If the drunk driver […]

June 2, 2016

In general, a person owes a duty of reasonable care to all foreseeable plaintiffs and a Defendant’s failure to act reasonably may result in tort liability if his unreasonable conduct causes a Plaintiff injury. However, if a plaintiff is injured while on the land of another, a different standard of care may apply. Interestingly enough, […]

May 18, 2016

In Georgia, the Workers’ Compensation Act is the exclusive remedy for an injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment. The Workers’ Compensation Act requires that employers subject to the act either carry insurance to insure the payment of workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers or qualify as a self insurer. […]

May 2, 2016

Suing the Federal Government, the State of Georgia, or a Georgia county or city can be a confusing, lengthy, time-consuming process.  It is therefore important to hire an attorney who knows the rules and process. In cases where the federal government causes personal injury to an individual, the government is generally immune from lawsuits because […]

April 19, 2016

Defenses to Negligence Claims in Georgia Suppose a driver turns left at a red light in front of a second driver’s car, causing a car accident. The first driver is clearly negligent. However, let’s assume the accident could have been avoided entirely had the second driver not been speeding. Courts have three different ways of […]

April 2, 2016

If a person is injured by someone else’s intentional conduct, she may be able to recover in an action for intentional tort. For example, if someone intentionally hits that person, she may have a battery claim. She could also have a battery claim if the Defendant intentionally touched something closely connected to her. For example, […]

March 12, 2016

Negligence Per Se Atlanta Georgia If an individual is injured because of the actions of another, she may be able to recover her damages if she can prove that the other person was negligent. As mentioned in previous posts, to prove that another person has acted negligently, you generally must demonstrate that the person acted […]

March 2, 2016

What happens if someone is mistaken with regard to her property line and accidentally builds on her neighbors property? Would she have to pay damages or tear down whatever she had built? Assume for a moment that two neighbors built houses and garages on their adjacent lots. Assume as well that Neighbor A’s garage encroached […]

February 12, 2016

Swanson v. Tackling: A Georgia Dog Bite Case In a recent Georgia case, a seven year old boy was bit on the head by one of Defendant’s Great Dane dogs while he was visiting their home. He suffered serious and disfiguring injuries as a result. His mom filed a personal injury suit against the dog’s […]

February 2, 2016

If a victim is injured by someone who is mentally impaired in Georgia, can that victim recover damages for her personal injuries? The general rule in Georgia is that a psychotic person cannot be held criminally responsible for his crimes because he is not acting as a free agent and is incapable of a guilty […]

January 12, 2016

Proving Negligence Actions in Georgia: Unreasonable Conduct When a person has been injured in an accident, she may be able to recover damages for her injuries if she can prove that the accident was caused by the negligence of another. In other words, if someone acted unreasonably and caused injury as a result, that person […]

December 12, 2015

Products Liability Cases in Georgia If a consumer is injured while using a defective product in Georgia, she may be able to recover for her personal injuries. There are several theories under which she may be able to win. Negligence The first theory of recovery to consider when someone is injured by a product is […]

November 12, 2015

Georgia Slip and Fall Cases If an individual slips and falls in a store, the store may be liable for any personal injury suffered. This is commonly known as a slip and fall case. However, in Georgia, store owners are not required to insure the safety of their customers. Therefore, just because an individual can […]

October 12, 2015

Georgia Nuisance Claims A nuisance occurs when someone uses their property in a way that interferes with the use and enjoyment of the property of others. A nuisance can be caused by many bothersome activities, including noise and noxious smells, or by more serious activities, such as the contamination of waterways and air pollution. A […]

September 17, 2015

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August 24, 2015

Even though each family trusts that no member of the family will endure a wrongful demise because of a third party’s carelessness, the truth of the matter is that this kind of mishap are exceptionally regular in the US. Actually, the top five causes of untimely demise may affect a family whenever and wherever. What […]

August 17, 2015

At the point when an individual uncovers that his or her organization or association is involved in exploitative or unlawful conduct, that individual is known as a “whistleblower” and the law offers such person some level of protection. Then again, the bosses of such people often retaliate. At the point when this happens, it is […]

August 10, 2015

The world has been made better through smartphones and other communication devices. It is also important to note that they are also a major cause of road accident. Research has shown that the young females have 26% more chances of getting involved in an accident as a result of texting and or calling while driving. […]

August 3, 2015

Georgia is fast developing and as such, its roads are getting really busier by the day. This is good because it leads to economic growth and more investment opportunities; however, it also leads to more frequent road accidents. Recently, a research by the NHTSA shows that more avoidable accidents are recorded periodically and most of […]

July 31, 2015

Types of Wrongful Death Cases in Atlanta, Georgia Although every family trusts that not one of its members will suffer a wrongful death as a result of negligence of a third party, the fact is these types of accidents are extremely common in the United States. Actually, the 5 leading reasons for wrongful death may […]

July 27, 2015

Types of Working Surroundings Prone to Slip and Fall Injuries Every employer has a legal duty to ensure the workplace is safe for their workers and customers alike. Nevertheless, many kinds of working environments prone to slip and fall accidents are not correctly maintained, resulting in the danger that customers workers, and visitors may suffer […]

July 21, 2015

4 Signs of Nursing Home Neglect The increasing number of aged people in America has resulted in a nursing home inhabitants that was growing. Because of this, many families are now faced with the choice to transfer an elderly relative into a nursing home. Nevertheless, it is necessary that the patient’s family and friends understand […]

July 14, 2015

Sadly, they’re subsequently subjected to the risk of an accident in the hands of a negligent driver, which can result in damage to their care, harm or death. Nevertheless, in order to effectively protect themselves, it is important that passengers and drivers likewise know about the data on where most automobile accidents take place. Where […]

July 9, 2015

If you or a loved one are injured in an accident, many types of compensation may be available regardless of whether the injury is caused by a car wreck, premises liability incident (such as a “slip and fall”), or medical malpractice. This article will generally discuss a few of the major types of compensation that […]

July 8, 2015

In Georgia, it is important to have a basic understanding of automobile liability coverage.  Automobile accidents, although rare in a driver’s lifetime, do happen and are something we must all deal with accordingly.  Taking a proactive approach to understanding the necessary material within Georgia automobile insurance is beneficial for all Georgia motorists. In the typical […]

July 8, 2015

Dogs truly are man’s best friend. Dogs show unconditional love for their owners and have even saved human lives in emergency situations. Unfortunately, some dog owners abuse or mistreat their dogs, fail to give them the appropriate training and make them unreasonably dangerous. All too often these “dangerous dogs” go on to attack another person […]

July 1, 2015

The Statute of Limitations limits the amount of time that a plaintiff may bring a lawsuit. If the plaintiff fails to bring his or her lawsuit within the time allowed by the Statute of Limitations, then the lawsuit is forever barred and the plaintiff may never recover.

June 25, 2015

Damages come in two distinctly different types. First, damages can be used to compensate a person for their loss – these are called compensatory damages. Second, damages can also be used to punish and deter those individuals who have a complete disregard for the consequences of their actions. These damages are called punitive damages. Although rare, a court can award punitive damages when the responsible party’s actions are intentional or wantonness.

May 19, 2015

Disastrous medical malpractice can result in long-term impairment or even death for its victims. Because of this, people who have suffered expected medical malpractice can get damages for their injuries. By procuring an experienced Atlanta, GA lawyer for his or her family and devastating medical malpractice cases the victim will probably manage to start the […]

April 19, 2015

Obtain Punitive Damages in Court: Guidance from a Georgia Lawyer There are all types of injuries that could happen and, consequently, there are several various levels of compensation which can be sought after suffering from someone else’s actions. Typically, injured people will need to seek damages for medical bills related to an injury, reimbursement for […]

March 19, 2015

The increasingly ubiquitous nature of cell phones, particularly cell phones with advanced capabilities for example other applications that are diverting or video chat, has had a dangerous effect of America’s roads. Data on growth of injury fatalities due to mobile phone use in previous years show that the misuse of cell phones by passengers and […]

February 4, 2015

Average Settlement For Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Georgia   Although most people only think of surgical errors when they hear about medical malpractice cases, the truth is that medical malpractice can be the result of virtually any type of medical mistake. For example, if a doctor fails to properly read a patient’s chart and he […]

February 4, 2015

3 Typical Commercial Trucking Accidents         There are tens of thousands of commercial trucks on America’s roads and highways. As a result, every individual who travels by road will at some point be near a large commercial truck. The size and weight of these trucks, when combined with a negligent driver or […]

January 4, 2015

      A vehicle accident can be a traumatic event that can result in severe injury and even death for its victims. Because of that, it is important for drivers and passengers alike to understand what the statistics for main causes of car accidents in Georgia indicate about safe driving practices. In addition, it […]

December 4, 2014

      There are all kinds of accidents that can occur and, as a result, there are many different levels of compensation that can be sought after suffering from someone else’s actions. In most cases, injured individuals will want to seek damages for medical bills related to an accident, reimbursement for lost wages from […]

November 4, 2014

  STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS Tennessee medical malpractice law, referred to as “health care liability” by the Tennessee Code Annotated, differs in many aspects from Georgia medical malpractice law. First, the statue of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Tennessee is only one (1) year, as opposed to two years in Georgia. Tenn. Code Ann. § […]

October 4, 2014

The increasingly ubiquitous nature of cell phones, especially cell phones with advanced capabilities such as video chat or other distracting applications, has had a dangerous effect of America’s roads. Statistics on growth of accident fatalities due to cell phone use in past years have shown that the misuse of cell phones by drivers and passengers […]

September 4, 2014

Experienced Atlanta, GA Lawyer for Catastrophic Medical Malpractice Cases     Catastrophic medical malpractice can result in permanent disability or even death for its victims. For this reason, individuals who have suffered due medical malpractice can obtain compensation for their injuries. By securing an experienced Atlanta, GA lawyer for catastrophic medical malpractice cases the victim and his […]

August 4, 2014

An undetected brain injury can result in serious long-term mental and physical problems. Because of this, individuals who have been involved in an accident that may have resulted in brain damage may be able to obtain compensation for their injury, if they take the correct steps. Undetected Brain Injuries A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs […]

July 23, 2014

The Defendant notes in his own brief that case law concerning the statute of limitations for misdiagnosis cases state that “the statute of limitations begins running when the injury occurs rather than on the date of the negligent act.” (See Brief in Support of the Motion for Summary Judgment of Defendant, hereinafter “Defendant’s Brief,” II, […]

July 23, 2014

DISCUSSION I.       The Supreme Court of Tennessee looks disfavorably upon the locality rule for standard of care regarding physicians in the State, opining that it should be “relegated to the ash heap of history” and replaced by the national standard.  However, as the rule is statutorily created by the Tennessee legislature, the Court is averse to […]