ATLANTA INJURY LAWYERS
The Atlanta injury lawyers of Butler Tobin LLC chose an office that would be accessible as the lawyers themselves. Our Atlanta office is conveniently located at 10 Lenox Pointe, Atlanta, GA 30324. Our office is located just 9 miles from the Fulton County courthouse and 6 miles from the DeKalb County courthouse. The office is just half a mile off of exit 89 of I-85. Whether you are traveling northbound I-85 or southbound I-85, we are less than 2 minutes from the highway. And best of all, there is abundant free parking directly outside the office.
The metro Atlanta area is a fast-paced environment, and it can be difficult to find Atlanta injury lawyers who can provide the level of personal service that your case deserves. At Butler Tobin, our most important priority is you. Ensuring that you achieve the best result possible is what drives our decisions. We accomplish this by both providing an unmatched level of personal service and by preparing every case to present to a jury. Many of our cases ultimately settle before we ever walk into a courtroom. However, the reason these cases often settle is because insurance companies know we are ready. Top Atlanta injury lawyers prepare cases for trial, not settlement. Insurance companies know the better injury lawyers from the lawyers who just settle. And when that happens, i.e. when the insurance companies see our names on the documents, it yields better outcomes for the men, women, children and families we represent. The cases that we don’t settle, we win in courts.
In Atlanta, the unfortunate truth is that serious injuries happen. The city’s heavy traffic means that we see many car accidents, and the intersection of multiple major interstates in Atlanta means that every year, we will hear about tractor-trailer accidents in and around the metro area. The city’s growing population also means that residents of Fulton, DeKalb, and Cobb County may be the victims of crime in Atlanta’s many apartment complexes, restaurants, or other commercial establishments. As 5 star rated Atlanta injury lawyers, we help the victims of these misfortunes.
You Only Have One Chance for Justice
With a devastating injury, you only get one chance to seek justice for your loss. Having the right personal injury attorney can make the difference between winning and losing your case. You want a law firm that isn’t all talk—you want a firm that has handled and won other cases just like yours. No two cases are identical because no two humans are identical. But, experience, hard work, and practice does make a real difference. And we have that. Our Atlanta injury lawyers understand that you only have once chance; we promise we will do everything we can to make that one chance count. For example, in 2015 our firm won a jury verdict of $150,000,000 ($150 million dollars) for the wrongful death of a young boy.
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We have had the honor and privilege to have represented hundreds of people in the Atlanta area. Good results are no accident. We believe in a team approach. We believe in respect. And we believe in a hard work ethic. We welcome you to read our former client’s reviews on Google and Avvo. To learn more about our Atlanta injury lawyers and what we can do to help, visit our website, or call us at 404-JUSTICE (404-587-8423).
Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer News Updates
Two young women suffered non-life threatening injuries in an one-car accident at the intersection of Defoors Farm Drive and Hiram Lithia Springs Road in Cobb County. Reportedly under the influence of alcohol, the 29 year-old driver, Nicole Bellino, and her passenger, 27 year-old Megan Toadvine, were traveling at what police believe to be an excessive rate of speed in a Porsche Cayenne on the evening of September 8th . Bellino lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, crashed through a composite fence, a wooden privacy fence, finally stopping when the car hit a tree. The women were transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for treatment. Police continue to investigate if any other factors were involved, and charges are expected to be filed soon.
At 7:00 a.m. on August 28th an Atlanta man was pumping gas on Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta when a black vehicle pulled up and several hooded men began to threaten him. Stacey Arbee, age 37, jumped into his Dodge Ram truck and sped away on GA 166 with the black vehicle in close pursuit, shooting repeatedly into the side of the truck and hitting Arbee in the leg. Unable to stop the truck on the busy highway because the brakes had also been shot out, Arbee called 911 and was able to pull off the busy highway into a nearby gas station and stop the vehicle. A bystander gave aid to Arbee to stop the bleeding and police arrived on the scene around 7:15 a.m. No arrests have been made in the case yet, according to the Atlanta Police Department.
Two Atlanta police officers rescued the driver of a single vehicle crash from certain serious injury or possible death in the early morning hours of August 5th with their quick thinking and bravery. Officers Brittany Williams and Charles Tierney were on patrol in Buckhead when they found a vehicle had crashed into a metal utility pole at the corner of Lenox Road and GA 400, trapping the unconscious driver with his legs pinned under the dashboard. Bystanders were able to help two passengers escape the vehicle before the officers arrived on scene, but it took the combined efforts of the officers to save the driver. Unable to open the driver’s door, Officer Tierney used a small fire extinguisher to try to prevent an explosion, while Officer Williams jumped into the back seat to assess the situation, only to see the man’s legs begin to smoke. Encouraging the barely conscious driver to work with her, she managed to pull the injured driver into the back seat and out of the car just before it was fully engulfed in flames.
After tumbling from the window of a moving SUV earlier in the month, 18-year-old Alyssa Prindle of Marietta spent 3 weeks in a medically induced coma at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital before passing away on July 25th. The driver of the 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe, 17-year-old Abigail Cook, was arrested and charged by Cobb County police with underage driving under the influence, reckless driving, underage possession of alcohol, possession of false identification, and violation of Class D driver’s license hour restrictions. Police report that the accident took place during the early morning hours of July 5th on Johnson Ferry Road near Sewell Mill in East Cobb, when after a night of underage drinking Prindle rolled down her window, lost her balance while yelling and fell onto the pavement, sustaining critical fractures to her spine and skull. Cook is charged with first degree vehicular homicide by authorities and being held in adult detention.
Statewide, the recently implemented Hands-Free Georgia Act is preventing needless traffic deaths and accidents by preventing drivers from physically holding or handling their phone unless legally parked. Beginning July 1, 2018 drivers are no longer allowed to record videos, watch videos or movies, and write, send or read text messages or emails while holding the device. The penalty for the first violation is $50 fine and one point on driver’s license, the second violation is $100 and two more points on driver’s license. Drivers are permitted to use hands-free technology for speaking or texting, using an earpiece to talk on phone, wearing and using a smartwatch, using in-vehicle assist systems, GPS systems, or mapping apps. The Georgia State Patrol cautions all drivers to remember that distracted driving still results from talking on the phone and would rather see all drivers focus 100% on driving on busy metro Atlanta roads.
A local baseball club has been practicing for an important All-Star event in November, when they will play 9 innings of a professionally umpired game against an opposing team of major and minor league stars. The Alternative Baseball Organization (ABO) was founded in 2016 by a local man, Taylor Duncan, to offer men and women with special needs (like autism and Down’s syndrome) the opportunity to play baseball as part of a team and compete at a higher level than they ever thought was possible. Any interested teen or adult in the metro Atlanta area, age 15 and older, is welcome to participate – just bring your own fielding glove. Practices include stretching, drills, batting and fielding skills, and base running. During games, pitches will be either over- or under-hand, depending on skill level. Currently there is a team in West Cobb and another over in Paulding County, with plans to establish new clubs in Alabama, Colorado, New Jersey and Illinois. More information on donating to this 501(c)(3) organization, attending a game or joining the club can be found on their website at https://www.alternativebaseball.org/
A tractor-trailer accident involving cattle occurred at the busy southbound ramp of I-285 merging on to eastbound I-20. Around 5:00 a.m. on June 8th the driver lost control in the sharp turn and flipped his rig over, killing 3 of the animals immediately and trapping 33 more cows in the mangled trailer for hours. Georgia Department of Natural Resources and DeKalb County Animal Services personnel were able to assist DeKalb County police and Fire Department crews to clear the area and re-open the ramp by 11 a.m. The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital, but unfortunately some injured animals had to be euthanized at the scene. A similar accident occurred recently in Cobb County on I-75.
Mental health is a serious issue in today’s youth, and far too few people take it seriously. Fulton County Schools, however, wants to help parents and volunteers recognize signs of mental health issues and help treat it. Parents and teens are both invited to the talk: “When Love is Not Enough: Know When to Seek Help.” It will take place at Tri-Cities High School on March 24, 2018 at 10:00am. Known, respected mental health professionals will be attending to help people recognize the signs before it is too late.
A study has confirmed what everyone near Atlanta has known for years. Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in the world. According to the INRIX Scorecard, Atlanta commuters spent, on average, 70 hours in 2017 stuck in rush hour traffic. Those numbers are good enough to place Atlanta number 8, meaning we have the eighth-worst congestion of every major city in the study.
The government is going to court. Again. Fulton County must now defend itself in court regarding its decision to keep most residential property values at 2016 levels after its 2017 assessment. Georgia’s State Department of Revenue rejected Fulton County’s decision and is now forcing them to defend their choice. The Department of Revenue has denied Fulton County’s tax digest.
The spirit of giving lasts even beyond Christmas. On Jan. 8, the Woodruff foundation pledged $400 million to Emory University. The funds are dedicated to improving medical research and patient care models. This is the largest gift Emory has ever received.
Help can come from the strangest of places. Police responded to an abandoned crashed vehicle in the Avalon complex near Alpharetta. Just before the call came in, a separate vehicle darted off the property. Police had no leads. Until something you never thought you’d see happened. The owner of the crashed vehicle came to the police for help. The driver of the crashed vehicle, Shannon Hunte, was connected to it once they found his driver’s license inside. Another surprise came to them when they found 30 spools of copper that authorities believe were stolen from a construction site. Hunte was arrested and charged with felony burglary.
Federal prosecutors are taking down blackmail in the medical profession. In Dekalb county, every time a public employee sent a prospective medical student to a particular school, they received $100. The school in question closed this past summer after Rodrick Wyatt, the employee from Dekalb County getting these kick-backs, pled guilty to the federal charges.
DeKalb County Police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy who was killed overnight after being struck by a vehicle on Barbashela Circle in Stone Mountain, GA. The victim was an Irma escapee from Florida.
A horrific motorcycle accident in DeKalb County left one man dead and another in jail. The crash happened on Ponce de Leon Avenue and Clifton Road. The unidentified Porsche driver slammed into the back of the 31-year-old William Kuhn who was operating a motorcycle, dragged him several feet, and then pushed his bike through the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Clifton Road. Kuhn died at the scene. DeKalb County Police reported that the driver of the Porsche appeared to be under the influence and arrested him.
A 40-year-old Decatur man named Duane Taffe was struck and killed while walking on I-75. Sheldon Taffe was driving his silver Acura TL with his cousin, Duane Taffe, riding as a passenger. Sheldon Taffe told police that his cousin jumped out of the vehicle. When he pulled over and tried to get his cousin to his feet, Duane Taffe broke away and ran into the roadway. A 2017 blue Freightliner tractor-trailer struck Duane within minutes of him entering the roadway. Tractor-trailer driver, Andrew Morrell of Port Charlotte, Florida, told investigators that he was trying to avoid Duane. Duane was pronounced dead at the scene.
DeKalb County Officer Ian MacGowan drove his police cruiser into a woman jogger while trying to avoid hitting a vehicle turning in front of him then crashed it into a house at the intersection of Brown and Chamblee Tucker roads. The 66-year-old jogger named Janet Pickney was critically injured and taken to the hospital along with Officer MacGowan. Chief James Conroy stated that Oficer MacGowan made an “evasive maneuver” to avoid the turning vehicle and struck the pedestrian who was in a crosswalk. No charges have been filed.
DeKalb County Police responded to a fatal road rage accident on I-285 at southbound at Ponce de Leon Avenue. Johnnie Hudson (39) was driving a Dodge pick-up truck when he rear-ended Chris Ervin’s silver Lexus sedan. DeKalb County Police Officer G. Sampson found Ervin (32) fatally shot in his torso lying next to Hudson’s truck. Hudson did not leave the scene. Investigators believe that Ervin got out of his car and approached Hudason’s after the accident. Hudson then shot Ervin through the driver side window as the window was broken with glass shattered everywhere and a .40-caliber shell casing. Hudson asked Officer Sampson if Ervin was still alive while he was being arrested. Hudson was charged with murder and booked in DeKalb County Jail.
After months of hard work after the I-85 collapse, contractor C.W. Matthews’s President announced that the I-85 bridge northbound should be opened by the evening of May 12, 2017. That will be more than a month ahead of the June 15th deadline.
Basil Eleby, the homeless man accused of setting fire under I-85 which caused the I-85 collapse, pled not guilty to arson and criminal trespass before Honorable Judge Ural Glanville in Fulton County Superior Court. Eleby has four high-profile lawyers working his case for free. Judge Glanville approved the deal lawyers negotiated with prosecutors. The deal included a $10,000 bond, enter into a residential center for his addition and mental health issues, find employment within two months, to submit to random drug testing for the next two months, not to have any contact with any witnesses of the I-85 collapse, and not to go within 1,000 yards of where the interests collapsed. He may go near the I-85 collapse only with counsel or as part of their investigation. Police reported that Eleby was under the I-85 bridge abusing drugs when he set fire to a stuffed chair that was on top of a grocery cart. The grocery cart was plastic and melted. The fire spread to construction conduit being stored under the bridge by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Atlanta drivers are urged to check on road closures before traveling in and out of the city.
At the height of rush hour around 6:00 PM in Atlanta, Interstate 85 caught massive fire which caused the bridge over GA 13 near Piedmont Road to collapse. Atlanta Fire and Rescue reported that there were no injuries from the fire and collapse. It is still unknown what caused the fire and investigations are still underway. The PVC pipes under the bridge caught fire. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed reported that the FBI does not believe that it was an act of terrorism. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for Fulton County and urged drivers to avoid the area. The Department of Transportation does not know when the bridge will be fixed. As of now, there are several road closures and alternate routes for traveling inside the perimeter.
Officers Naeemah Wellington and Mark Still are being called heroes for saving an accident victim from a fiery crash in Fulton County. The crash shut down traffic for hours at Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Interstate 20 in Atlanta. Officer Wellington was in the area of the crash clearing a traffic investigation when she heard the accident. Officer Still was off duty and in the same area as the crash. The accident involved a Chrysler 300 sedan and an 18-wheeler. Both officers used their batons to shatter the window, and then they pulled the driver from the burning vehicle. The driver was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and remains anonymous. He was seriously injured. The 18-wheeler driver refused medical attention at the scene. His named is also anonymous while investigations are underway by police. The wreckage was so severe that I-20 eastbound was shut down for hours while crews worked to clear the scene.
The City of Decatur started an Amnesty Program on February 1, 2017 which will run through May 1, 2017 for anyone who has past-due traffic citations and active bench warrants to resolve them without being arrested. The City also has agreed to waive additional fees and costs which normally would be assessed against the person such as a warrant fee and failure to obey summons violation fees. Anyone with an issued bench warrant must pay the full fine from their initial violation. All payments must be made in cash, money order, credit card, or certified check. In order to take advantage of this program simply stop by the Decatur Municipal Court during business hours. The court will also be open on every other Saturday to help accommodate those who wish to partake in the program. If you cannot recall whether you received a letter from the City of Decatur Municipal Court regarding a missed court date then simply call the court staff at 678-553-6655 or go in person to 420 W. Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030 to find out.
A new wing franchise is coming to Decatur! Rapper Rick Ross is opening a Wing Stop which will be the chain’s 1,000th store. Ross was born in Florida but lives in metro Atlanta. Many will attend the restaurant opening at the end of January. Those in attendance will be Congressman Hank Johnson, City Councilman Kwanza Hall, DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, DeKalb Chamber president and CEO Katerina Taylor, Ross’ Boss Wings partner Tawanda Roberts, as well many other guests. Ross’ company is donating $5,000.00 to a local nonprofit called Hands on Atlanta in honor of the grand opening.
On January 9, 2017, DeKalb County Police found a woman shot in the head at the Park at East Ponce Apartments in Stone Mountain. The unidentified woman died from the gunshot wound. DeKalb County Police are investigating the homicide. There is no other information at that this time as an investigation is still pending.