Smith Wallis & Scott January 2019

JAN 2019

LEGAL INJURY GUIDE

327 Bankhead Hwy, Carrollton, GA 30117 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION | PERSONAL INJURY | SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

In a personal injury case, a person has been hurt by another party, and those injuries affect every living moment of their life — sometimes temporarily, sometimes for years, and sometimes permanently. Personal injury clients often have their lives turned upside down; they’re not able to take care of their kids in the same way, and in some cases, they have to end their careers. Some of the cases we’ve tried have gone on to change state law. One of the early cases our firm tried went to appellate court and became a groundbreaking case. In the Floyd v. First Union case, the appellate court overturned the trial court in our client’s favor to allow a company’s net worth into evidence for the purpose of calculating punitive damages. In 2017, we successfully argued to force an automobile insurance company to honor its uninsured motorist policy, which the company argued allowed it a setoff on any workers’ compensation payments. Not only did the trial court agree with us, but it was affirmed by the Georgia Court of Appeals. This allowed our client to receive the full value of his uninsured motorist policy. In 2014, we got one of the largest personal injury verdicts for cases tried in federal court in the Northern District of Florida. These verdicts have echoed in the halls of personal injury law and paved the way for others to find justice. We don’t appeal these cases lightly, but we’re always willing to fight for what’s right. We are not afraid to keep going after a verdict until we get the resolution our clients deserve. Our firm has a reputation of doing a good job, which makes it easier for us to resolve cases. We are formidable in the eyes of some insurance companies, and they’re often more willing to think realistically and deliberately because they know we’ll fight them all the way. When a client gets all they need to assist with their pain and suffering, we feel justice has been done. Money helps a person take care of the financial aspects of their injury, of course, but a jury of their peers voting in their favor confirms that their pain and suffering is real and valid. And that is priceless. WHY PERSONAL INJURY LAW IS IMPORTANT TO US We Go to Battle for Our Clients When No One Else Will –Chris Scott and Isabel Aidun

In the late ‘80s in Georgia, two attorneys named Ken Smith and James Wallis established a law firm after winning a very successful personal injury case. The case was argued in front of a jury and the victim’s compensation was over $800000, and was awarded in Fulton County, GA. The case launched Smith and Wallis to begin their own practice, and the firm became well-respected for the attorneys’ strength and willingness to fight for their clients. Attorney Christopher Scott joined the firm in 1993, and it became known as Smith, Wallis & Scott. Today, a few new faces have joined the team, but we’re still rooted in the strong foundation Ken and Jim built. In addition to Social Security disability and workers’ compensation, we also prioritize personal injury law services at our practice. When we speak with folks we’re representing on the Social Security and workers’ comp side of our practice, they’re often surprised to learn we also do personal injury law. Given the confines of Social Security disability and workers’ comp law, clients aren’t adequately compensated for pain and suffering. In personal injury law, we learn the extent to which an injury has affected a client’s life. We learn the intimate parts of their daily lives so we can best represent them and fight to secure them fair compensation for their injuries. We often feel we can do more for our clients in this area of law.

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