Conyers Accident Attorneys

Conyers Car Accident and Wrongful Death Attorneys

To better serve our customers in the Conyers and Covington Georgia area, Christopher Simon Attorney at Law has an office located at 884 Green St SW, Conyers, GA 30012

Christopher Simon, Attorney at Law has been litigating in Rockdale County since 2005 when the firm became involved in a flooding case at Indian Hills Golf Club. The firm takes appointments at the Conyers office by appointment and over the years we have helped over 30 clients from Rockdale County with the personal service we are known for. We service Covington, Oxford, Monroe and Loganville from this office.

Survey of Jury Decision in Rockdale County

As any resident of Conyers knows, the County has changed a lot in the last 10 years. What used to be a predominantly white. conservative venue has become much more ethnically diverse and this is showing up in the jury pools. Why does this matter? Because juries ultimately decide what the value of a particular car wreck case is and the more liberal a jury is, the more they tend to award.

Consider the composition of a 12 person jury that a friend had in a June 2017 trial; Plaintiff was a 39 year old black female and defendant was a 21 year old black male.  Jury composed of one Hispanic female, three black males, three white females, and four black females.  That is a drastic change from ten years ago. Not one white male on the jury!

The case was a low impact collision with $700 in damage and around $15,000 in bills and resulted in an $80,000 verdict. Now, that is an outlier but with good medical testimony and no prior care, it is achievable. Typical range on that verdict would be around $25,000.

In January 2017, there was a car accident case verdict with medical bills totaling $47,000 for a fractured kneecap and the jury returned a verdict for $250,000. These numbers used to be unheard of in Rockdale.

In January 2016, a more conservative jury with a State Farm agent as the foreperson awarded $675,000 on a slip and fall case against McDonalds stemming from a mopped floor with no sign. The 17 year old fell and had arthroscopic surgery on both knees to the tune of $45,000 and was in need of another in the future.

In April of 2015, a Rockdale jury returned a $3,250,000 verdict on a commercial trucking case with a truck driver who lied about not running the red light. The plaintiff was a mid 60s female who suffered a broken bone in her neck and multiple rib fractures. She healed up well and had around $100,000 in medical bills. The jury was incensed primarily because of the stubborn refusal of the trucking company to accept responsibility for the crash and failure to pull a driver MVR that would have shown that the driver had other traffic tickets prior to the crash. 

The attorneys at the firm are in the Conyers office on a weekly basis to meet with clients and to pursue cases in the Courts. We find that the slower pace of life and the openness of the community allows the Firm to practice law in the personal fashion we prefer. If you need a Conyers Georgia injury lawyer, please feel free to give us a call.

Christopher Simon Attorney at Law

Conyers Office

884 Green St SW
Conyers, Georgia 30013

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Conyers Area Collision with Roadway Constuction Equipment Heads to Appellate Argument

roadIn a recent Georgia car accident decision, a woman and her husband were hurt when the van she drove hit a dirt pile and then hit an excavator at a work site for the county water authority. The woman sued the water authority and its employee. Summary judgment was granted to the water authority and its employee, based on official immunity. The lower court found that even if there wasn't sovereign immunity, summary judgment under OCGA § 9-11-56(c) would be appropriate. Fortunately the Court of Appeals said the lower court erred and reversed all the grants of summary judgment and sent it back for a jury trial.

The evidence showed that employees of the water authority had been asked to fix a leaking underground pipe on the side of the road. The leader of the crew parked a track hoe with one track on and another off the road. He used the vehicle to dig a hole and dug a service ditch to the water meter. He put the dirt onto the road so that any vehicles traveling that way on the road would come across the dirt pile and mini-excavator. However, while filling the hole, he realized he hadn't put out warning signs or traffic cones in front of the dirt pile on the road.

Meanwhile, the plaintiff left home with her husband and started traveling in the direction of the dirt pile on the road where the water authority was working. The weather was clear, and the car was going at about 35 mph. She saw a blur and swerved but hit the track hoe. The water authority employee hit the dirt pile and the track hoe. The van tumbled over. The woman and her husband were hurt. The water authority employee couldn't remember anyone other than her coming along that road through the area where he was working.

On appeal, the plaintiff argued it was inappropriate to find that official immunity barred her claims against the employee. She argued that his failure to put advance warning signs up to alert drivers was a ministerial act, for which he wasn't shielded by official immunity.The appellate court explained that under official immunity, government officials and employees can't be held accountable for discretionary acts, except when the acts were wanton, willful, or otherwise outside the scope of authority. The appellate court noted that nobody claimed the employee acted with malice or intent to injure in not putting up warning signs. The issue was whether putting them up was a ministerial or discretionary act. A ministerial act is definite and requires the execution of a particular duty. 

Immunity is not waived for a discretionary act, which requires a public official to use personal judgment and deliberation for a decision that's not explicitly directed.In this case, there was no written traffic control policy. On-the-job training told the crew leaders which signage should be put up. Nobody advised the employee to put up warning signs on the day of the accident. The water authority and employee argued that since there was no explicit directive, it was within his discretion whether to use warning signs.The appellate court reasoned that a jury could conclude the employee's supervisor directed him to put up warning signs at every work site. His supervisor had clearly and definitively told him before the accident he should put up warning signs at work sites. The appellate court found that it was a ministerial act, so it was improper for the lower court to grant summary judgment in his favor on the basis of official immunity. The record didn't show that the plaintiff had been given notice and an opportunity to respond on whether the water authority had waived its sovereign immunity.

The appellate court instead did a two step around the entire immunity argument and decided that when you hit a huge pile of dirt in broad daylight, you are the one at fault and threw the case out on that principal. The appellate court also found that it wasn't clear that by using reasonable care, the plaintiff could have avoided hitting the dirt pile, for which there was no warning sign. The judgment was vacated in part and reversed in part.The Atlanta car accident attorneys at Christopher Simon Attorney at Law have substantial experience and are ready to help you with your possible case. Feel free to contact us for a complimentary case consultation if you are interested in learning more about the difficulties you may encounter and the options you may have.
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My wife and I were hit by a tractor trailer in 2014. After extensive research online, we were deeply impressed with the various reviews we read on Google and Avvo and chose Chris to represent us. We could not have a made a better decision. Chris and his firm treated us like we were their only clients, soothed our worries, and instantly gained our trust. Chris settled both of our cases for more than we expected. James
A co-worker of my wife recommended Chris to us. At the very beginning Chris showed that he cared and his knowledge is priceless. Going through this process can be aggravating but Chris did a great job guiding me through this and was always available to answer my questions. Chris fought to get what I deserved even though at times I wanted to give up. Tracy
I want to express my deepest sense of gratitude and appreciation to Attorney Chris Simon & Attorney Chris Carsten, for all the hard work that they put forth into my case (car accident filed after being hit by drunk driver). Their attention to detail and professionalism far surpasses their firm's reputation. Because of their diligence and dedication to their craft, they were able to bring my case to a successful close, one that I could live with. You will not find a better team for your case. Should I have a need for their services again in the future, or know of anyone looking for a top notch Auto Accident Law Firm, I would not hesitate to recommend them!!!! Elle
Wow...Chris is a very good attorney. Me and my son was in a very bad car accident an I was clueless on how to handle the situation. It's very hard to find an attorney who allows you to contact them personally instead of you contacting their asst. I was told that I didn't have a case because the hosiptal put a lien on my acct. Chris prove different and I was able to file my case with the insurance company. The process was very quickly and Im glad I selected the right attorney..Thanks Chris A Car Accident client
Chris is a great lawyer and the most people friendly attorney I have ever delt with. He handled my case with great attention to detail and did so in a very short period of time. He is very consice, efficient, patient and understanding. He has a strong passion for what he does and he does it well. I recommend Chris Simon as legal representation for anyone who has suffreed damages or a loss at the negligence of others. He really cares about you and your case. A Car Accident client