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Ragland Law Firm, LLP, a law firm focused on serious injury and wrongful death litigation, announces that it has agreed to be a corporate sponsor for MADD Georgia’s 2008 “Walk Like MADD” 5k walk to be held at the Atlanta Zoo on September 20, 2008. Walk_MADD_LogoTag.jpg The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is “To stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.” Ragland Law Firm, LLP agrees that drunk driving is a violent crime which results in the needless death of and serious injuries to thousands of people every year. Accordingly, the law firm strongly supports the mission of MADD and has, for several years, supported the Georgia Chapter of MADD with significant financial contributions. This year, Ragland Law Firm, LLP has agreed to be a corporate sponsor of the 2008 “Walk Like MADD” event by contributing $5,000. Ragland Law Firm, LLP has also formed a “Walk Like MADD” walk team with the goal of raising an additional $5,000 in contributions from other lawyers and law firms. Additional information about the September 20, 2008 “Walk Like MADD” campaign and about the Ragland Law Firm, LLP walk team can be found at www.walklikemadd.com or by calling the firm at (770) 407-7300.

Last year, Ragland Law Firm, LLP also sponsored MADD’s 3rd Annual “Strides for Change” walk held on September 13, 2007 at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. The law firm had a walk team which raised nearly $6,000. In fact, in 2007, Ragland Law Firm, LLP was given an award for being the “Top Corporate Team” for its fundraising achievements for MADD in connection with the 3rd Annual “Strides for Change” 5k walk. Ragland Law Firm, LLP was also a corporate sponsor of the 2nd annual “Strides for Change” campaign in 2006.

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On July 30, 2008, MADD Georgia’s State Advisory Council will hold its quarterly meeting at the law offices of Ragland Law Firm, LLP located in the South Terraces at 115 Perimeter Center Place, Suite 425, Atlanta, GA 30346. The Georgia chapter of MADD is overseen by its 14 member State Advisory Council. The Chairman of MADD Georgia’s State Advisory Council is Rebecca Watson who is employed by AutoTrader.com. Ms. Watson has served as chairman since 2002. The purpose of the State Advisory Council is “To provide leadership and insight on issues related to drunk driving, victim services and underage drinking and refine MADD Georgia’s systems and methods of service to assure the greatest benefit possible for citizens in Georgia.”

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Daniel Ragland, an attorney with Ragland Law Firm, LLP, has been a member of the State Advisory Council since 2002. He serves on the Victim Services Committee. Previously, Mr. Ragland served as Legal Advisor to MADD Georgia and was a member of its Board of Directors during 1991-1998. In lieu of a Board of Directors, MADD Georgia is now overseen by its State Advisory Council. Mr. Ragland has been an active member of MADD since 1990.

Daniel Ragland is a civil trial attorney whose legal practice in Atlanta focuses upon severe injury and wrongful death litigation. Mr. Ragland has many years of experience representing victims of drunk driving. He is considered one of Georgia’s leading legal experts in the area of dramshop liability and the pursuit of civil claims against DUI offenders. He has handled many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against drunk drivers, as well as bars, night clubs, restaurants and other businesses which negligently or illegally sold alcohol to an intoxicated adult or underaged motorist. Personal injury lawyer Daniel Ragland has represented drunk driving victims in Atlanta and throughout all parts of Georgia for nearly 20 years.

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A new pro-consumer “UM stacking” law has been passed which, beginning January 1, 2009, will allow car and truck accident victims in Georgia to maximize the benefit of any uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage contained within their own auto policy and/or any auto policy applicable to the motor vehicle in which they were traveling if it is not their own vehicle. The stated intent of this new statute passed by the Georgia Senate in March 2008 is “to change the definition of “uninsured motor vehicle” to allow uninsured motorist coverage to be stacked with other available liability coverages.”

On May 14, 2008, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law SB 276 which amends certain parts of O.C.G.A. § 33-7-11 and provides that, effective January 1, 2009, any non-negligent driver or passenger injured in an automobile or trucking accident will have access to both the at-fault driver’s automobile liability coverage, as well as the total amount of UM (uninsured/underinsured motorist) coverage which any injured victims purchased under their own automobile policy (and/or available to them as a passenger while riding in a non-owned car or truck). Under current Georgia law, car and truck accident victims can potentially recoup damages under their own auto policy (and/or the auto policy insuring a non-owned vehicle in which they were traveling at the time of the accident) only to the extent the total amount of UM coverages available to the injured victim exceeds the total amount of the liability coverages available to the at-fault driver. Thus, beginning January 1, 2009, SB 276 changes existing Georgia law by providing that accident victims can potentially recover the full amount of any UM coverage which may apply to them in addition to the amount of automobile liability coverage available to the at-fault driver.

Prior to the passage of SB 276, Georgia remained one of the few states in the Southeast which did not mandate that policyholder’s be allowed access to the full amount of any uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage they had purchased regardless of the amount of liability coverage available to the at-fault driver. After January 1, 2009, insurance companies in this state must allow the “stacking” of an accident victim’s UM coverage as excess insurance over and above the amount of liability coverage insuring the at-fault driver. Currently, twenty-three other states, including Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina, allow the stacking of UM coverages purchased by accident victims.
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In a case being handled by Ragland Law Firm, LLP, the Georgia Court of Appeals has recently held that a Fulton County Superior Court Judge should not have dismissed the malpractice claims of an asplenic patient who alleged that her longtime primary care physician and OB-GYN physicians had failed to recommend steps to protect her against an overwhelming post-splenectomy infection (OPSI). On March 27, 2008, the Georgia Court of Appeals handed down its 4-3 decision in Lyon v. Schramm, et al., 291 Ga.App. 48, 661 S.E.2d 178 (2008). The majority held that Georgia’s five year medical malpractice statute of repose, O.C.G.A. § 9-3-71(b), did not bar the Plaintiff’s claims even though the Defendants first failed to start protecting the Plaintiff against the risk of OPSI more than 5 years prior to the filing of her lawsuit.

The case arose from a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by Atlanta Attorney Daniel Ragland on behalf of a severely injured woman and her husband in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia on August 29, 2006. That lawsuit alleged that because of injuries she suffered at age 17 in a 1982 car accident, the plaintiff’s damaged spleen had to be surgically removed in a procedure known as a splenectomy. As a result, the plaintiff lived her adult years without a spleen which left her at risk for developing a life threatening fulminant condition known as “overwhelming post-splenectomy infection,” a rapidly developing septicaemia which can result when an asplenic individual is exposed to certain encapsulated bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, or Haemophilus influenzae. These pathogens pose minimal risk to healthy and non-immunocompromised persons with fully functioning spleens.
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Ragland Law Firm, LLP announces that it has made a significant financial contribution to the Brain Injury Association of Georgia. With this contribution, Ragland Law Firm, LLP has now become a “Sustaining Member” of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG). The BIAG is comprised of survivors, family members, friends, and professionals who understand that a brain injury impacts not only the survivor, but his or her family members and caregivers as well. It is the mission of the BIAG “to improve the quality of life for people with brain injury and their family and friends.” BIAG is the Georgia State affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. Trial attorneys at Ragland Law Firm, LLP have handled numerous personal injury lawsuits in Georgia, Florida, and other states on behalf of persons who have sustained traumatic brain injury. These cases present particular challenges in terms of educating judges and juries about the profound effects a brain injury has upon the survivor and his or her family.

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“The Brain Injury Association of Georgia gratefully acknowledges Ragland Law Firm, LLP for its contributions to the community of survivors of traumatic brain injury. Ragland Law Firm, LLP is generously “giving back” to the brain injury community by donating money which will enable BIAG to continue its ongoing mission to provide help and services to the TBI community.”

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Attorney Daniel A. Ragland has been selected as 2008 Georgia “Super Lawyer,” a recognition he also received in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. He will be listed as “Super Lawyer” in the March 2008 edition of the Atlanta Magazine. “Super Lawyers” is considered to be a “listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” Mr. Ragland was selected as “Super Lawyer” in the area of medical malpractice, a field in what he has considerable experience and expertise. “Super Lawyers” are those lawyers in each state who “received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the Independent Research of Law & Politics.” It is reported that less than 5% of attorneys are named as Super Lawyers each year. “The objective of the ‘Super Lawyers’ selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel.” Daniel Ragland was grateful to have been chosen as a Super Lawyer for the fifth year in a row.

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Attorney Daniel A. Ragland and is the founding partner of Ragland Law Firm, LLP, a civil trial law firm focusing on severe injury and wrongful death litigation. He is a “Champion” member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and he has achieved the conveted AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Ragland has years of experience representing Plaintiffs in serious injury and wrongful death cases throughout all parts of Georgia including Atlanta, Douglasville, Macon, Columbus, LaGrange, Albany, Athens, Rome, Griffin, Toccoa, and Savannah. In addition to having particular expertise in the field of medical malpractice, Daniel A. Ragland regularly handles cases involving trucking accidents, lawsuits against drunk drivers, negligent service of alcohol (dramshop liability), nursing home neglect, defective machines or unsafe drugs (product liability), and food contamination resulting in food-borne illnesses. The law offices of Ragland Law Firm, LLP are located in Atlanta near Perimeter Mall (I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Rd.)

 

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The Georgia Mock Trial Competition helps high school students gain an understanding of the legal system by providing opportunities for teams of high school students to compete in “mock trials” where the participating students assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical court case. The Georgia Mock Trial Competition is sponsored and conducted by the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia. Daniel A. Ragland will again serve as one of the volunteer attorney coaches for the Mock Trial team from the Wesleyan School located in Norcross, Gwinnett County, Georgia.mock%20trial%20logo.gifMr. Ragland also coached the Wesleyan School Mock Trial Team in 2004 and 2005. Each of these teams will compete at the Regional Competition to be held on February 22-23, 2008 at the Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, GA. This year, the Georgia Mock Trial Competition will concern a criminal case about a high school senior who allegedly sold drugs to an undercover police officer. The fictional defendant claims entrapment as his primary defense. The Georgia Mock Trial Competition is designed to help participating students improve their proficiency in such basic skills as listening, speaking, reading, and reasoning. Mock trials help students gain a basic understanding of the legal process through which our society chooses to resolve many of its disputes. And, while obtaining this knowledge, high school students develop useful questioning, critical thinking, and oral advocacy skills, as well as significant insight into the area of law in question.
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On February 3, 2008, Attorney Daniel Ragland, a founding partner of the civil trial law firm Ragland Law Firm, LLP, ICLE.jpgwill speak at the annual “Update on Georgia Law Seminar” being held this year at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel in Park City, Utah. This seminar is held every year and attended by an invitation only group of trial attorneys dedicated to the representation of Plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The seminar is sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, and lawyers who attend are eligible for CLE credits through the I.C.L.E. Mr. Ragland has been asked to give a presentation on “Recent Developments in Georgia Tort Law.”

For nearly 20 years, Daniel Ragland has focused upon severe injury and wrongful death litigation in Atlanta, Columbus, Athens, Macon, Dalton and many other parts of Georgia. He has particular expertise in handling cases involving medical malpractice, products liability, inadequate security, drunk drivers, dramshop liability, and food contamination outbreaks. He has handled cases in Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and throughout all areas of Georgia. Ragland Law Firm, LLP has its offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Mr. Ragland can be contacted by telephone at (770) 407-7300 or by e-mail at dragland@raglandjones.com.

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According to regulatory disclosures recently filed by the company, Bausch & Lomb has now been named as a Defendant in 573 product liability lawsuits involving the now permanently withdrawn ReNu® with MoistureLoc® Multi-Purpose Solution. Most of these cases were filed in various state and federal courts throughout the United States by individual contact lens-wearers who suffered eye infections after using the defective ReNu with MoistureLoc product. Reportedly, 308 of these lawsuits are now consolidated before one judge, the Honorable Shirley Kornreich, with the Supreme Court of New York, New York County. Most of the state court cases were filed in New York because that is where the office headquarters of Bausch & Lomb is located. More than 200 federal cases have now been consolidated before one federal court in Charleston, S.C. as part of a federal procedure known as “Multi-District Litigation” (MDL). The presiding judge currently handling all federal cases with the MDL is the Honorable David C. Norton, District of South Carolina, Charleston Division. Judge Norton will oversee all discovery and other pretrial matters of the federal cases which, as of August 14, 2006, are consolidated as In Re Bausch & Lomb, Inc. Contact Solution Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1785. In part, the federal cases were consolidated in the U.S. District Court in South Carolina because the manufacturing facilities where the ReNu with MoistureLoc product was made and distributed are located in Greenville, S.C. Some analysts have estimated that Bausch & Lomb could face potential liabilities in the ReNu product liability cases of $1 billion or more. In May 2006, Bausch & Lomb permanently withdrew its ReNu with Moisture Loc product from all U.S. and global markets.

Products liability attorney Daniel Ragland is currently handling one of the federal cases which was consolidated within the MDL located in Charleston, South Carolina. That lawsuit, Patricia Fuller v. Bausch & Lomb, Inc, was initially filed in the U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga, Atlanta Division, on July 16, 2007.

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Personal injury attorneys at Ragland Law Firm, LLP have always been strong supporters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) whose mission is “To stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.” The firm’s commitment to MADD was demonstrated most recently by its contributions to the 3rd Annual “Strides for Change” 5k walk which was held this Saturday, September 15, 2007, at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. For the second year in a row, Ragland Law Firm, LLP was a corporate sponsor of this event with a sponsorship donation of $2,500. In addition, at the walk this past Saturday, Ragland Law Firm, LLP received the “Top Corporate Sponsor Award.” This award recognized that the law firm’s walk team raised more money than any other corporate walk team participating in the event. Attorneys and staff at Ragland Law Firm, LLP raised nearly $6,000 in additional contributions from other lawyers throughout Georgia. Combined with its corporate sponsorship donation of $2,500, Ragland Law Firm, LLP was responsible for raising over $8,000 for MADD Georgia. The law firm was delighted with the success of its fundraising efforts and with the opportunity to help MADD support the victims of drunk driving and make our roads safer for everyone.

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