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Georgia Personal Injury Case Law

Please find, below, selected case laws decided by Supreme Court of Georgia or Court of Appeals of Georgia where the terms personal injury or related terms have been mentioned. These cases are not necessarily personal injury and may include cases where the facts or court decision merely mentions personal injury related legal terms. You are not to rely on these cases as legal advice nor should you rely on them for accuracy. Please see Terms of Service.

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Mickens v. Western Probation Detention Center - 5/31/2000
JO-032 We granted Carol L. Mickens' application for discretionary appeal in this workers' compensation case to determine whether "weekly benefits" under OCGA § 34-9-82 (a) include permanent partial disability benefits paid...

Campbell v. Breedlove - 5/31/2000
JO-034 Sylvia Campbell and her husband David Campbell sued Sylvia Campbell's obstetrician for medical malpractice and battery after their child died in utero. The jury returned a verdict for the physician. The Campbells appeal...

Lamb v. Salvage Disposal Company of Georgia - 5/25/2000
Matthew K. Lamb appeals from the trial court's order granting the motions to dismiss or for summary judgment of Salvage Disposal Company of Georgia (Sadisco) and State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Companies (State Farm). Because the...

Anglin v. Harris - 5/22/2000
JO-037C Tracy Anglin filed a personal injury action against Larry Harris and his employer, Simbeck, Inc., on October 15, 1998 for injuries allegedly sustained on October 15, 1996 when the tractor-trailer Harris was driving...

Rabenstein v. Cannizzo - 5/19/2000
While driving an automobile insured by Allstate Insurance Company, Jill Cannizzo collided with an automobile driven by Jessie Rabenstein. Rabenstein sued Cannizzo for personal injury caused by the October 3, 1995 collision, and...

Solis v. Lamb - 5/12/2000
SM-008 This case involves the exclusive remedy provision of the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act, OCGA § 34-9-11 (a). We granted interlocutory appeal in this case to consider the trial court's denial of summary judgment to...

Murray v. West Building Materials of Georgia - 5/5/2000
BA-010 This appeal arises from a personal injury suit filed by Barbara Murray as a result of injuries she received when she fell while descending steps at West Building Materials of Georgia. Murray contends on appeal that the...

Means v. Marshalls of MA. - 3/28/2000
BLACKBURN, P. J, ELDRIDGE and BARNES, JJ. BA-015 This appeal arises from a personal injury suit filed by Allison Daniel Means as a result of injuries she received when she fell in a Marshalls' dressing room. Means contends...

Smalls v. Walker - 3/24/2000
Sm-101 In this personal injury action, the plaintiff, Frank B. Smalls, III appeals from the trial court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants, Tashon Walker and Donald Scott Boyd. The trial court granted summary judgment...

Quinn v. City of Cave Spring - 3/22/2000
POPE, P. J., SMITH and MILLER, JJ. MI-113 Lonnie Quinn sued the City of Cave Spring, Georgia, for personal injury and damage to his automobile caused by driving over an open manhole. The City moved for summary judgment, and...

Whelan v. Moore - 3/16/2000
JOHNSON, C. J., McMURRAY, P. J., PHIPPS, J. Following a vehicular collision, Deborah Moone was diagnosed with a fractured radius and ligamentous injuries to the distal radioulnar joint in her left forearm. Dr. E. J. Whelan, an...

Abend v. Klaudt - 3/16/2000
WHOLE COURT This appeal arises from a medical malpractice action brought by Betty Klaudt against Dr. Melvin N. Abend. Dr. Abend contends that the trial court erred by denying his motion for summary judgment in which he claimed...

Manzi v. Cotton States Mutual Insurance Co. - 3/13/2000
Ru-101 On April 18, 1997, Lisa Manzi was injured in an automobile collision. She sued Wendell Kistler, whom she claimed was driving the truck in which she was a passenger. On November 3, 1997, she served Cotton States Mutual...

Ligon v. Bartis - 3/9/2000
EL-038 This is an appeal from the trial court's order granting defendant/appellee Larry Bartis' motion to enforce a settlement agreement. Upon review of the record, we affirm the trial court's order. On a motion to enforce...

Wilborn v. Blake - 3/9/2000
Valerie Blake brought this medical malpractice action against Dr. Wesley Wilborn. The jury returned a verdict awarding Blake $133,750 in damages. Wilborn appeals the final judgment. The primary issue is whether the testimony of Blake's...

Lang v. Becham - 3/8/2000
JE-114 Sheryl Ann Lang, the wife of the decedent, Lonnie Raymond Lang, appeals the grant of summary judgment to Peach County Sheriff Johnnie V. Becham and his deputy, Lieutenant Kenneth Cameron, in this wrongful death action....

Ferro v. Boswell - 3/8/2000
BLACKBURN, P. J, ELDRIDGE and BARNES, JJ. Onna Ferro appeals from a jury verdict in favor of Vincent E. Boswell, M.D. in her medical malpractice action against him. In this appeal, Ferro asserts the trial court erred by (1)...

Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia - 3/6/2000
In 1998, the General Assembly enacted OCGA § § 32-6-75.1 through 32-6-75.3, governing the issuance of permits for trimming vegetation and trees on Georgia rights-of-way to facilitate the viewing of outdoor advertising signs. The...

Wadkins v. Smallwood - 3/3/2000
*PLEASE NOTE: ADDED "ON MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION." JO-013 Katina Wadkins claimed the owners of a duplex apartment, Michael and Josie Smallwood, were responsible for her injuries and her child's death in a fire because...

SCI Liquidating Corp. v. Hartford Insurance Co. - 2/28/2000
Sunrise Carpet Industries ("Sunrise"), now known as appellee SCI Liquidating Corp., filed suit in federal court seeking to recover from its insurance carriers, Hartford Fire Insurance Company ("Hartford Fire") and appellant Hartford...

Huguley v. State - 2/22/2000
Meldamion Huguley was convicted by a jury on two counts of aggravated assault on February 11, 1999. He appeals from the trial court's denial of his motion for new trial, which raised, inter alia, the issue of ineffective counsel. We...

Clark v. Joiner - 2/18/2000
We granted Thomas and Beverly Clark's application for interlocutory review after the trial court denied their motion for summary judgment on John Joiner's claim for damages from a dog bite. Because there is no evidence that the dog had...

Hayes v. Clark - 2/17/2000
Helen Hayes, the adoptive mother of Sheronda Hayes (now Clark), was appointed Clark's guardian ad litem in litigation arising from an automobile collision in which both were injured. A monetary judgment in favor of Clark directed Hayes...

Watts v. Promina Gwinnett Health System - 2/15/2000
MC-017C Maggie Watts was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of Gwinnett Medical Center ("Gwinnett") after sustaining injuries in a vehicular collision. She was treated and released. The total bill for services rendered was...

Johnson v. Rodier - 2/10/2000
BA-112 Donald K. Johnson, a Harris County deputy sheriff, sued James Barton Rodier, M.D., for tortious interference with his employment, invasion of privacy, and fraud, stemming from a conversation Dr. Rodier had with Johnson's...

Howard v. Gourmet Concepts Ntl. - 2/8/2000
EL 020-021 On November 17, 1995, Teresa G. Howard, plaintiff-appellant, received serious personal injuries when she attempted to turn left from Talton Drive into the south bound lane of Montreal Circle, where she was struck by...

Herndon v. Ajayi - 2/2/2000
MI-083 If a physician fails to inform a patient that as a result of a medical procedure a stent was left in him, and fails to call the patient when the patient does not keep an after-care appointment to remove the stent, do the...

Ayers v. Rembert - 12/30/1999
Advanced Materials appeals from a judgment ordering it to pay former employee Richard Rembert money owed to him under a workers' compensation award, including a penalty for late payment. Advanced Materials challenges the authority of...

Whirl v. Safeco Insurance Company - 12/20/1999
This subrogation action, brought under OCGA § 33-7-11 (f), presents an issue of first impression in this state: Does the two-year statute of limitation for a personal injury claim (9-3-33) apply to an insurer who brings a subrogation...

Bauer v. North Fulton Medical Center - 12/16/1999
FOURTH DIVISION In this action regarding the alleged removal of eye tissue from a corpse without permission, Rosemary Bauer, in her individual capacity and as administratrix of the estate of Joseph Bauer, appeals the trial...

Rivers v. Almand - 12/16/1999
SECOND DIVISION To sanction plaintiff Mary Rivers for her total noncompliance with the discovery process, the trial court dismissed her complaint with prejudice, cast costs upon her, and awarded $500 in attorney fees. On appeal,...

Heard v. Hart - 12/14/1999
Lavon Marcellus Heard appeals the dismissal of his personal injury action against Sharman D. Hart, contending that the trial court erred by finding that he had not diligently served Hart. For the reasons set forth below, we affirm. ...

U.S. Filter Distribution Group - 12/14/1999
We granted U.S. Filter Distribution Group, Inc.'s ("U.S. Filter") motion for interlocutory review to determine whether the time computation method adopted in OCGA § 1-3-1 (d) (3) applies to the filing of materialman's liens. We...

Ezor v. Thompson - 12/3/1999
POPE, Presiding Judge. Elisa Ezor appeals the trial court's order granting summary judgment to the defendants, Keith Thompson, M. D., The Emory Clinic, Inc., and Emory Vision Correction Center, Inc., L.P., in the underlying...

Val D'Aosta Co. v. Cross - 12/3/1999
WHOLE COURT This case is a premises liability action, involving a user with disabilities in a wheelchair. The issue presented is whether mere prior use by the disabled person gives her equal knowledge to the owner/occupier of a...

Richardson v. Barber - 12/3/1999
WHOLE COURT BLA-049 BLACKBURN, Presiding Judge. Donald Ray Richardson, the biological father of Zsa Vonn, appeals the trial court's order which determined that he was not entitled to receive further proceeds from the...

Mills v. Norfolk Southern R. Co. - 12/3/1999
As amended February 14, 2000 EL-114 This case comes on appeal after the trial court granted a new trial on special grounds to Norfolk Southern Railway Company on the train-vehicle collision that occurred when the automatic...

Wolfork v. Tackett - 12/3/1999
WHOLE COURT Georgia applies the federal doctrine of judicial estoppel to preclude the prosecution of unliquidated tort claims that discharged debtors failed to list as assets in their federal bankruptcy petitions. Southmark Corp....

Columbus Fire Department v. Ledford - 9/29/1999
The Columbus Fire Department/Columbus Consolidated Government appeals an order of the superior court that reversed an award by the Appellate Division of the State Board of Workers' Compensation. We granted the request for discretionary...

Wade v. Georgia Diversified Industries - 9/24/1999
MC-095 Plaintiffs Estelle Wade and Joan W. Mannis, administrators of the estate of Jamie L. Wade, brought this tort action against defendants Georgia Diversified Industries, Inc. and Charles Ivey, to recover for the wrongful...

Georgia-Pacific Corporation v. Wilson - 9/21/1999
The discretionary appeal in this workers' compensation case was granted to determine if the superior court erred in reversing an award of the State Board of Workers' Compensation. For the following reasons, we reverse. In March...

Levine v. Choi - 9/16/1999
Sandra Levine sued Mr. and Mrs. Choi and Helen Dimitropoulos for personal injuries allegedly arising out of a three-car collision in which Choi's vehicle rear-ended Dimitropoulos' vehicle, forcing it into the rear of Levine's vehicle....

Pringle v. Jaganauth - 9/15/1999
THIRD DIVISION This appeal arises from the trial court's granting a motion to dismiss a personal injury claim due to the plaintiffs' failure to properly serve defendant, Chitara Jaganauth, with process pursuant to OCGA § 40-12-2....

In re Ervin - 9/14/1999
The State Bar filed a Formal Complaint against Respondent Joseph B. Ervin alleging violations of Standards 4 (professional conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or wilful misrepresentation); 45 (f) (instituting, causing to be...

Hancock v. Bryan County Board of Education - 9/14/1999
SECOND DIVISION Because of abusive behavior, plaintiff/appellant Shirley Hancock's grandson was suspended from riding the school bus. The next morning, Hancock boarded the school bus on one of its regularly scheduled stops and...

Hancock v. Bryan County Borad of Education - 9/14/1999
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE OPINION. WHOLE COURT EL-080 Because of abusive behavior, plaintiff/appellant Shirley Hancock's grandson was suspended from riding the school bus. The next morning, Hancock boarded...

Esener v. Kinsey - 9/13/1999
FOURTH DIVISION On June 12, 1998, Nancy D. Kinsey, individually and as next friend of her minor daughter, Samantha Kinsey, sued Dr. Ismail Esener, the obstetrician-gynecologist who delivered Samantha, for birth injuries. This was...

In re Smith - 9/13/1999
The State Bar filed a Notice of Discipline against Respondent Edward Thomas Smith alleging violations of Standards 44 (wilful abandonment or disregard of a legal matter to the client's detriment) and 68 (failure to respond to...

In re D.K.M. - 9/13/1999
D.K.M.filed an application for certification of fitness to practice law in 1992. D.K.M. was granted certification by the Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants ("Board") in May 1993, but his certification was suspended in...

Pass v. Bouwsma - 9/10/1999
EL-071 On January 5, 1996, at around 6:30 p.m., while drinking a beer that he brought, Don Kent Glenn, defendant, arrived at the house of Michelle Bouwsma, defendant-appellee. While Glenn was at Bouwsma's home, Bouwsma had a...

Vincent v. Bunch - 9/10/1999
SECOND DIVISION Charles Vincent sued attorney Gary Bunch and Gary Bunch, P.C. ("law firm") for fraud relating to a $10,000 check written to the law firm. Finding that the four year statute of limitations had run, the trial court...

Clark v. Chorey - 9/9/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia Plaintiff Dannice Clark appeals from the Fulton County State Court's grant of summary judgment to defendant law firm Chorey, Taylor & Feil, P. C. The facts, viewed in a light most...

Bischoff v. Payne - 9/7/1999
Karen Bischoff filed this personal injury action against Vanessa Payne. Bischoff seeks damages for physical injuries allegedly received as a result of a November 1996 rear-end collision caused by Payne's negligence. Bischoff appeals...

Tidwell v. Coweta County Board of Education - 8/30/1999
Bobby and Lillie Tidwell sued the Coweta County Board of Education for the wrongful death and suffering of their developmentally-disabled son, who died from injuries caused when he jumped or fell from a moving school bus through the...

Grant v. Georgia Pacific - 8/30/1999
Plaintiff John Earl Grant, Jr., administrator of the estate of the decedent, John Earl Grant, Sr., and plaintiff Flora Mae Scott as surviving spouse, brought this wrongful death action against defendants Georgia Pacific Corporation,...

Cotton States Mutual Insurance Co. v. Moore - 6/29/1999
Billy Joe Davis alleged in a personal injury complaint ("the underlying personal injury action") that he was on a roof unloading shingles from a forklift when a septic tank cover under the forklift collapsed and caused him to be pulled...

Smith v. Vencare Inc. - 6/23/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia EL-020 Portia Gardner Smith, wife of plaintiff-appellant Delarett Smith, suffered from a progressive neurological disease and had to have a tracheotomy that left her unable to speak,...

Shaw v. State - 6/15/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia BA-007C Melvin Shaw and a co-defendant were indicted on three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. A jury convicted the co-defendant of all three assault charges, acquitted...

Tolbert v. Maner - 6/14/1999
In the Supreme Court of Georgia Certiorari was granted to review the Court of Appeals' decision that the descendant of a child who predeceased a parent is entitled to recover in a wrongful death action filed by the deceased...

Taylor v. Racetrac Petroleum Inc. - 6/10/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia JO-025 Ronald Steed was killed and David Telenko was injured when the car they were in crashed into a utility pole. Robin Taylor, Steed's sister and the administratrix of his estate, along...

Harding v. Godwin - 6/3/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia We granted this application for an interlocutory appeal of the trial court's order denying Dr. Susan Harding's motion to dismiss Melanie Godwin's complaint for medical malpractice. For the...

Supan v. Griffin - 6/2/1999
WHOLE COURT In the Court of Appeals of Georgia to MC Joey D. Griffin and Karen Griffin, on behalf of their nine-year-old son, Bo Griffin, brought an action against Lavern Supan for injuries Bo Griffin sustained when...

Tuten v. Costrini - 5/28/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia BL-046 In this medical malpractice action, Lynelle Tuten appeals from the trial court's grant of summary judgment to Dr. Nicholas Costrini, contending that trial court erred in finding:...

Kent v. Brown - 5/28/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia BA-021 Attorney L. B. Kent ("Kent") appeals a jury verdict against him for expert witness fees, attorneys fees, and expenses of litigation. He asserted in 13 enumerations that the trial...

Satilla Regional Medical Center v. Dixon - 5/27/1999
-037 This workers' compensation appeal is from the superior court's order reversing the award of the administrative law Judge, which was adopted by the State Board of Workers' Compensation Appellate Division. We granted Satilla...

Braswell v. Clayton - 5/27/1999
BL-020 Following a jury trial in her personal injury action, Donna Marie Braswell appeals the defense verdict in favor of Linda Sue Clayton and Michael Dennis Harvell, contending that: (1) the trial court erroneously charged the...

Camp v. EMSA Ltd. - 5/26/1999
BL-028 In this medical malpractice action, Thomas Camp, the surviving husband of Alice Camp, and Charles Camp, the administrator of the estate of Alice Camp, (the Camps) appeal the trial court's denial of their motion for a...

Harrison v. Beckham - 5/24/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia SM-006 The facts underlying this case have appeared before us in a previous appeal. In Harrison v. Digital Equipment Corp., 219 Ga. App. 464 (465 SE2d 494) (1995) (Harrison I), we affirmed...

Renfroe v. Arrington - 5/24/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia SM-008 Joann Renfroe filed a complaint alleging dental malpractice against Ronnie Arrington. The trial court granted summary judgment to Arrington on two of the three counts and denied...

Mack v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company. - 5/18/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia MC-037 Plaintiff Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company filed this declaratory judgment action seeking a ruling that it is not obligated to provide indemnification and a defense under a...

Khawaja v. Lane Co. - 5/18/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia SM-016 These companion appeals arise out of the trial court's grant of summary judgment to Realty Management Corporation and to Summercourt Properties, L.P. in a personal injury action...

Khawaja v. Lane Company - 5/18/1999
*PLEASE NOTE: ADDED "ON MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION" SM-016 These companion appeals arise out of the trial court's grant of summary judgment to Realty Management Corporation and to Summercourt Properties, L.P. in a personal...

In re Sowa - 5/17/1999
In the Supreme Court of Georgia This disciplinary matter is before the Court on Respondent John J. Sowa's Petition for Voluntary Discipline, filed in response to six pending grievances (State Disciplinary Board ("SDB") Docket...

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Cox - 5/17/1999
In the Supreme Court of Georgia We granted certiorari to the Court of Appeals in State Farm Mutual Ins. Co. v. Cox, 233 Ga. App. 296 (502 SE2d 778) (1998) to consider whether an insurance company issuing and delivering a policy...

Farahi v. Jordan - 5/12/1999
In the Court of Appeals of Georgia BA-007C D. J. Farahi appeals the trial court's determination that his personal injury claim was barred by the statute of limitation due to his lack of diligence in serving the complaint....

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