JONESBORO PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We have won many Clayton County settlements and jury trials. We know what makes our clients happy, and that’s what we do. Our lawyers are available for meetings and consultations in our office at 21 Lee Street, Jonesboro GA 30236.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Clayton County
Because Jonesboro has one primary arterial roadway, Tara Boulevard (Highways 19 and 41), traffic can get congested. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for negligent drivers to cause car accidents. And because Jonesboro and Atlanta are connected by four main interstate highways—I-75, I-85, I-285, and I-675—collisions with tractor-trailers or other commercial vehicles also occur. The high volume of traffic on Tara Boulevard and other major highway contributes to these motor vehicle collisions.
Our Jonesboro car accident lawyers have tried and won cases in front of Clayton County judges, and we have represented many car accident victims who have been seriously hurt in automobile accidents or criminal acts. For a free legal consultation on your rights, please call a car accident lawyer at our Jonesboro office and we’ll schedule a time to meet.
We could tell you more about ourselves—and if you keep scrolling down, we will! But our clients say it best.
Car Accident Lawyer in Clayton County
When another driver crashes into you, things change in a flash. You may experience pain in your neck and back, and may find that pain radiates from your spine to other parts of your body. In serious collisions, permanent disability can occur or someone can be killed. You may miss work. Family members who depended on you for financial or emotional support may not know where to turn.
We know car accident cases. Butler Law Firm has filed, settled, and tried many car accident cases, and we know the tricks that the insurance companies play. We have seen insurance companies try to take recorded statements from victims, hoping to find something to use against that person later. We have seen insurance companies pretend to be friendly to the person who was hurt—even claiming that the insurance company wants to pay the claim—when what the insurance company really wants is to close the file and pay less than they should.
We fight for our clients. Many law firms that advertise on billboards talk big, but they don’t back it up. Most of those billboard advertisers won’t return their clients’ phone calls, and have paralegals who handle hundreds of cases at a time. They settle cheap, then move on to the next case.
At Butler Law, that’s not how we operate. Our lawyers handle approximately 15 cases per lawyer, so we can give each client the personalized attention he or she deserves. When we say we fight for our clients, we mean it.
Truck Accident Lawyer in Clayton County
When big trucks share the road with small cars, bad things can happen—because when an 80,000 pound truck collides with a 5,000 pound car, the car is a bad place to be.
Truck accident cases call for truck accident lawyers. Truck accident cases are different than car accident cases for a few reasons. For one, the trucking company usually blames its own driver, but claims that the company is not responsible. But the truck company is responsible, and at Butler Law, we win that argument almost every time. We have written multiple briefs on the subject, and cross-examined truck company owners and their ‘safety directors’ about it. The truth is that the truck company is almost always responsible for two reasons:
- The truck company is liable for its driver’s misconduct under the legal rules of “respondeat superior” and “vicarious liability,” and also under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
- The truck company often hired a driver who should not have been allowed behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, or the trucking company failed to train that driver to operate a commercial truck safely.
Truck accident cases are also different than car accident cases because of the insurance involved. In many car accident cases, we have to look hard to find all the available insurance, such as liability insurance, underinsured motorist insurance, and resident relative insurance. But in a truck accident case, the trucking company is required by law to have a larger insurance policy. Most trucks who operate in multiple states must have at least $750,000 in liability insurance. With so much money at state, trucking companies and their insurers hire smart defense lawyers and fight hard. It often takes an experienced truck accident lawyer to win.
In this truck accident case, the trucking company at first denied everything. The trucking company and its insurer refused to accept responsibility for anything. But in this video clip from the deposition of the trucking company owner, Butler Law got down to the heart of the matter.
Sexual Assault Lawyer in Clayton County
When an attacker sexually assaults a victim, the attacker takes something that can never be returned. But that doesn’t mean the victim can’t fight back. At Butler Law, we empower victims to take control and go after their attackers.
Our firm has handled sexual assault and rape cases against attackers and the organizations that allowed the attacker to do what he did. We have handled cases in which minors were sexually abused at school, in which pastors sexually abused fifteen-year-olds, and in which companies that were supposed to provide therapy sexually exploited the very people they were supposed to care for. These are hard cases.
We know it is not easy for victims to come forward, so we are here to help when they do. Many times, sexual assault cases settle before they have to be filed with the court. However, when our clients want to fight publicly, we are here to help. When our clients want to do it, Butler Law files sexual assault cases and takes the fight to the attacker in court.
Jonesboro Attorneys in Action
It never hurts to see your lawyer in action. Below are a few video clips showing our Clayton County lawyers taking depositions or trying cases to juries.
In this case, which we filed in the State Court of Clayton County, a commercial vehicle company hired a bad driver, did not train him, and then put him behind the wheel of a commercial truck. In this video clip, we took the deposition of the company’s vice president—and look what he admitted at the end! This trucking case settled against the company on the first day of trial for $460,000.
When terrorists overseas attacked a crowd of people using a commercial truck, news reporters came to Butler Law Firm for expert analysis of the commercial vehicle.
Clayton County and Jonesboro
The city of Jonesboro was the setting for Tara, the main setting for Margaret Mitchell’s famous novel. It was also the city where many scenes from the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit were filmed. Originally called “Leakesville” in 1823, the city later changed its name to “Jonesborough.” The spelling was later changed to Jonesboro.
As the county seat, Jonesboro is also home to the historic Clayton County Courthouse which was built in 1898. However, both the State Court and the Superior Court of the Clayton County Judicial Circuit are held at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center which was opened on November 6, 2000 and is located at 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236. It has 18 courtrooms, and is also home to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department. (The Probate Court remains at the original courthouse located at 121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236.)
In this car accident trial in Atlanta GA, our client was struck in the rear by a drunk driver—while her two-year-old daughter was in the back seat. In opening statement, we described the wreck to the jury using the present tense.
The Clayton County Justice Center is at 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro GA 30236. It is a large, modern courthouse where the State and Superior Courts of Clayton County are based.
Our Clayton County office is located at 21 Lee Street, Jonesboro GA 30236, less than a mile from the Clayton County Justice Center.
If We Don’t Take Your Case, We’ll Help You Find a Lawyer Who Can
Because our firm devotes time and attention to each case we take, we only handle a select number of cases. If we can’t handle your case, we’ll help you find someone who can. We know other good lawyers who handle Clayton County cases, and can send you to the right place.
Clayton County News Updates
All local residents are invited to “Showcase Clayton”, an annual event sponsored by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce at First Baptist Church, Jonesboro on Thursday, November 29th. There will be over 50 exhibitors showcasing their products and services in the Recreation Outreach Center, 142 College Street from 3:30 to 7 p.m. A combination job fair and business expo, the free admission event also will feature numerous free games and activities for children, prize drawings every hour, free health screenings, and free food tastings on Restaurant Row. Representatives of Clayton County government departments will present an informative public forum for residents called ‘Show on the Road’ with numerous county officials on-hand for friendly interaction with the public. Contact the Chamber of Commerce staff at 678-610-4021 for more information on the numerous activities, presentations and demonstrations planned for this family-friendly event.
The family members of a young woman from California sadly report that after being randomly shot while driving to work in Clayton County, she has been declared brain dead by doctors at Grady Memorial Hospital. 28-year-old Kelsey Qualye has been on life support since October 8th when the emergency room physicians discovered she had been shot in the neck before being injured in the head-on collision. She was behind the wheel of her Mazda 626 driving west on Upper Riverdale Road around 7 a.m. when she suddenly drifted into oncoming traffic near Roy Huie Road, causing her car to hit an eastbound Suzuki XL-7. Qualye was then struck by an eastbound Ford Escape that rolled over on to its roof after the impact. The two drivers of the vehicles sustained minor injuries and were released, while Qualye was initially transported to Southern Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Clayton County police are searching for evidence of gunfire in the area on security surveillance cameras, and Crimestoppers is asking the public to call 404-577-8477 with any information.
The Clayton County Police Department is offering residents an opportunity to learn more about a law enforcement career through their Citizen’s Academy, a free 10-week program in Jonesboro. Every week attendees gain an new appreciation for the men and women of the department, with an insider’s view of local policing, such as learning about firearm safety, SWAT, dispatch, CSI, K-9, traffic control, active shooter training and uniform patrol. There will also be a ride-along with a Clayton County police officer on patrol as part of the experience. Classes are held at police headquarters, 7911 McDonough Street, Jonesboro every Monday at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m from October 1st to December 10th. Contact Officer India Smith at 770-472-8030 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
A hit-and-run in Conley on August 13th that injured a Clayton County police officer has been solved by a joint investigation of Clayton County’s Police Department and Sheriff’s Office. The officer was responding to reports of a fight and neighborhood disturbance at 1803 Marceau Drive when suddenly a vehicle backed into him at a high rate of speed, pinning him between another vehicle and his police car, breaking his leg and causing soft tissue damage. The driver fled the scene and abandoned the stolen vehicle about a mile away. Damika Arvell Malcolm of Atlanta, age 17, was arrested August 24th and is now in jail. She has been charged with possession of marijuana of 1 ounce or less, aggravated battery, aggravated assault upon a public safety officer, obstruction of an officer, a class violation, interference with government property, theft by receiving, and striking a parked vehicle-hit and run. Her jail record lists $3,700 in property bond and fees on the marijuana and class violation charges.
A new 6-person aerial platform fire truck has been delivered to the Clayton County Emergency Services and will be on the road by the end of August responding to fires, accidents, rescues and other situations, according to the county’s Emergency Management Director Landry Merikson. The custom-built truck is the smaller and more maneuverable Ascendant 110 model from Pierce Manufacturing, able to reach 110 feet vertically and 90 feet horizontally, making it the first one of its kind in Georgia. Some of the other features of this state-of-the-art truck include cameras on either side of the truck for road safety during responses, an ergonomic 3-person basket, and rating to a 35 mph wind load and ¼” of ice load.
All interested Clayton County students are encouraged to take advantage of the Dual Enrollment Program being offered statewide to grades 9 – 12. This program allows students to take accredited college courses at their institution of choice for free while also currently enrolled in middle or high school. Students will sign a participation agreement after discussing the courses with their parents and counselor, be accepted to their preferred Georgia college, and maintain passing grades in courses that provide a curriculum aimed at a skilled trade certificate or college associate degree upon their high school graduation. Students who are mature, have self-discipline and defined career goals benefit greatly from their time on campus, while parents are involved at every step and are able to help their students gain valuable college credit for free. For information parents and students can learn more about the list of participating colleges and view a current course directory at: www.gafutures.org
As the full heat of summer approaches, the Georgia Poison Control Center wants Clayton County residents to be aware that this is also the time of year for increased exposure to snakes while enjoying the outdoors in their backyards, near wooded areas, hiking on park trails and near ponds, lakes and other waterways. Copperheads especially are active in July and August, giving birth to live babies and traveling to search for frogs, mice and other small animals for their next meal. These poisonous snakes are often camouflaged in mondo grass, ivy, pine straw, fallen trees and leaf piles, but will also look for shelter in garages, under boats, outdoor furniture, and construction debris and are most active around 9 or 10 p.m. If you or your child are bitten by any snake, call 911 and have a good description or photo of the snake, but do not try to pick it up – the hospital will give anti-venom shots if the bite is poisonous. Animal control experts advise to watch where you step, be careful where you reach with your hands, teach children not to touch any snakes, and do not remove or kill any king snakes you may find near your home – they will protect your property by eating rodents, small reptiles and even poisonous copperheads.
Forest Park is the newest city to lessen the penalties for marijuana possession. In a 3-2 city council vote, Forest Park has eliminated jail time for anyone caught with less than an ounce of marijuana. Also, the fines have been lessened to $100 for first time offenders, $300 for second, and the judge’s discretion for the third. Forest Park joins Atlanta, South Fulton, Clarkson, and Savannah as the leading cities in this attitude.
Concrete barriers and closure signs went up June 26th on County Road 1120 at the historic Rex Circle bridge, forcing Rex residents and visitors to find another way to reach the mill and the nearby monument to Melvina Shields, former First Lady Michelle Obama’s ancestor. Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Clayton County Transportation and Development are working to determine whether the corroded structural steel plate under the concrete on the 86-year-old truss bridge over Big Cotton Indian Creek should be replaced or repaired. Local interest is high to preserve the bridge and the nearby Rex Mill because of the area’s historic significance. Officials caution all motorists that the bridge, listed together with the grist mill on the National Registry of Historic Places, will be closed indefinitely and all traffic is requested to use nearby Rex Road.
The 7th Annual Morgan Burnett Youth Football Camp will take place at Southern Crescent Stadium at Drew High School in Riverside on Saturday, July 7th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for players ages 6 – 14. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Morgan Burnett, a graduate of North Clayton High School and Georgia Tech, brings his professional experience back home with a free morning of skills training, including a camp T-shirt, NFL autograph, and lunch for each child. Online registration at MorganBurnettFootballCamp2018.eventbrite.com
Clayton County’s finest have done it again. Clayton county has had a number of church break-ins over the past month, and they have their man. Darrius Vasser was arrested and charged for the break-ins. Clayton PD pieced it together after responding to an injured person – who just so happened to be Vasser – at a Wal-Mart and then realizing his injuries matched the suspected injuries at a local church that was recently broken into. Vasser has reportedly confessed to the crimes and is cooperating with authorities to locate the stolen items.
The Clayton County District Attorney is serious about the future. Tracy Graham Lawson, the District Attorney, brought a $4500.00 check to Brown Elementary School to help encourage the students to keep reading. The students at Brown Elementary gain reading points through a variety of means, whether that be from Accelerated Reading or newer programs like MyOn. Regardless of how, the students are educating themselves every time they crack open a new book. And that means the future is brighter every time someone pulls a book of a shelf.
Students in Clayton County can receive free school supplies Jan. 23rd. Amerigroup Community Cares is hosting a giveaway for Clayton students at College Park Elementary School. Students can get free health screens, as well as games, prizes, and health education. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
I-75 was shut down again on Jan. 8. A multi-vehicle wreck stopped all lanes on I-75 Northbound near Exit 233. Four vehicles colliding shut down all four lanes of traffic in that area. Unfortunately, two people were critically injured; one of them was pronounced dead at the scene. The other is still in critical condition. No names have been released as of Jan. 9.
The law does care. Tasha Mosely, Solicitor General in Clayton County, and her office donated nearly a dozen laptops to Adamson and Morrow County Middle Schools in Clayton County on November 6, 2017. Ms. Mosely in particular was driven to help when she would tour schools and see that students in ISS or other similar detention had limited access to computers. This is not the first time Ms. Mosely has helped, either. Last year, Kendrick Middle School received five laptops to help address the same problem. The future depends on the youth, and the Clayton Solicitor General wants the future to be bright.
A 15 year old boy was killed while playing with this friends. This young man and his two friends were playing with a few firearms and smoking marijuana in one of their backyards. While enjoying themselves, one of the firearms discharged, mortally wounding one of them. He died in the hospital. Both of the other young men involved are in police custody. Their names haven’t been released, as they are both minors.
In Clayton County, a K-9 helped officers find 30 kilos of cocaine in a U-Haul. The street value for 30 kilos is about $840,000. The K-9 detected the cocaine with his nose. The truck was stopped at Highway 42 at Conley Road in Clayton County. COBRA Units busted the two men involved in transporting the cocaine. Tirzo Navarrete and Lopez Garcia were arrested by Clayton County Police for drug trafficking. No one was hurt during the arrest.
31-year-old Demosthenes Kostapapas was struck and killed in Clayton County when he was riding his scooter on I-75 near Bob White Trail. Kostapapas was a new father and Army National Guard member. The driver who struck him fled the scene. Investigators only had a piece of the car’s body. The police took that piece of the hit and run vehicle to dealerships for more information. Later, investigators found out that the car was taken to Hennessy of Southlake for repairs. Police officers arrested and charged Christopher Walthall with first-degree vehicular homicide, improper lane change, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving on a suspended license. Officers also arrested Walthall’s mother Sonya Walthall for tampering with evidence and insurance fraud. She is the registered owner of the vehicle.
A nineteen-year-old young woman was found dead in Union City after being hit by a vehicle. The nineteen-year-old, Antshanthony Bell, was found by Union City Police Officer Chris Murphy when he responded to the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Oakley Road off I-85. The driver of the vehicle that hit the young pedestrian stayed at the scene and called police. Union City Police are still investigating the accident and no charges have been made.
Clayton County Police were called to the scene of a deadly accident on Flint River and Taylor Road. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office had been chasing a vehicle that had four passengers. The vehicle was traveling on Flint River Road. The chase began when Fayette Police officers arrived to a burglary reported at the Sprint Store off Highway 85 in Fayette County. The four suspects got away before the police arrived. The vehicle being pursued collided into another vehicle at the intersection of Flint River Road and Taylor Road. The vehicle with the four suspects fell and landed upsided down in a pond. Three suspects, Mark Mathis of Jonesboro age 19, Eddie Alford of Jonesboro age 21, and Devongelo Pereez Hunter of College Park age 19, all died in the collision. The fourth suspect escaped the scene, but was apprehended by officers.
A kitten was in the vehicle that went on a highspeed chase in Morrow, Clayton County. Morrow Police Lt. Bobby Mosteller found the kitten in the vehicle after the chase and took it home before finding it a home the very next day. The chase ensued after two teenage girls stole a man’s vehicle at gunpoint. The girls drove the vehicle over 100 mph and were weaving in and out of traffic on I-75. Morrow Police Department were in pursuit when the stolen vehicle driven by the assailants struck a median barrier and spun out of control. Police apprehended the nineteen-year-old suspects, Jordan Troimarie Tabron and Anessa Isebelle Wright. The police found the weapon used during the hijack and the scared unharmed kitten. Both girls were taken to Clayton County Jail for charges of motor vehicle hijacking, aggravated assault, endangering the hapless feline, and cruelty to animals. Wright was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, reckless driving, and fleeing from police.
In Clayton County, the Forest Park Police have been investigating break-ins at a Public Storage facility on Jonesboro Road. 76 units had their locks cut and burglarized. Several victims have been coming forward about the thefts. A suspect has still not been identified and the Police Department is asking for the public’s help.
Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services found 22-year-old Ronald Triche III of Fayetteville and 26-year-old Nikko Sepulveda of Jonesboro shot dead in the middle of Lundy Lane just west of Jonesboro. Clayton County Police were called to the scene after receiving a report of gunfire at Lundy Lane and Kendrick Road. After investigation, Clayton County Police still does not have any suspects and urge the public to contact Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 with any information regarding the fatal shooting.
Clayton County Police reported that street racing may have led to a fatal accident on Lees Mill Road near Bob White Trail. The Clayton County Police are still investigating the accident. Witnesses reported that one of the drivers was racing, lost control, and veered into oncoming traffic. The driver had a head-on collision with another driver not involved in the racing. Kyle Michael Nelson, 23, of Forest Park was one of the racing drivers. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, Leonardo Allen, 45, who was not involved in the racing but was involved in the head on collision was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. He died later at the hospital. Clayton County Police said that speed was the contributing factor to the crash. While they are not positive it was street racing, they have not ruled it out. Police have identified the other suspect and are still investigating what happened. No charges have been filed.
Phillip Goodman of Jonesboro was found shot dead and lying face down inside a home in the 8400 block of Susan Lane located off Kendrick Road in Clayton County. An anonymous witness had called the Clayton County Police to the scene after they saw the shooting. The witness told the Clayton County Police that a man shot another man in the street then dragged his body inside a Susan Lane home. The witness believed the suspect was still in the home when the crime was reported. Clayton County Police arrested Cornelius James Burnley of Jonesboro and charged him with murder and aggravated assault. He is being held at the Clayton County Jail without bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled on April 13, 2017 before Judge Richard Brown.
“[Butler Law Firm] did an exceptional job in working with the medical providers and insurance companies in negotiating reduced settlement amounts from the medical vendors and maximum payouts from the insurance companies. Nine months later my case is in the final stages of settlement and the results are better than originally projected. I would highly recommend [Butler Law Firm] to anyone that needed accident litigation….”