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Understanding The Duty Of Care In Personal Injury Cases

By Hawkins Spizman |

With nearly 350 million people in the United States and counting, it should come as no surprise that we need some basic operating principles to help us all co-exist as smoothly as possible. One of these legal principles is known as the duty of care. Essentially, all residents of the United States have a… Read More »

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Did You Slip And Fall On Halloween?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Slip-and-fall accidents are incredibly common on Halloween. Any number of popular costumes and decorations can contribute to the risk of slipping and tripping. If you suffered a slip-and-fall accident on Halloween, you are not alone, and you may have legal options available to you. In this article, we will explore some of the most… Read More »

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Can I Sue For A Hit-And-Run Accident?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Hit-and-run accidents are among the most egregious that we see. In Georgia, it is always illegal to leave the scene of an accident if there is property damage or injury. Nonetheless, that doesn’t seem to stop some people from fleeing the scene of an accident. In fact, if you’ve been hit by a car… Read More »

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When To Hire A Lawyer To Handle Your Personal Injury Claim

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. You can get this compensation by bringing a personal injury claim against the negligent party who was responsible for causing your harm. These actions can be life changing when successful, but they can also be… Read More »

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What Evidence Is Relevant In A DUI Case?

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you are facing charges for DUI, you may feel like it’s an open and shut case and there’s no point in fighting it. Or you might be like one of the many clients who comes to me insisting that the state has “nothing on them.” Either way, you might be wrong. By understanding… Read More »

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How To Get Punitive Damages In Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

Punitive damages are a bit of a unicorn in the personal injury world. You hear about a lot of multi-million dollar punitive damages settlements, but they’re still a bit rare and evasive. So how do you stumble into one of these unicorn cases? Usually, with a lot of really bad luck. If your case… Read More »

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Preparing To Defend A 2nd DUI Charge

By Hawkins Spizman |

A DUI is something most people pray they don’t have to face once, let alone twice. If you were recently charged with your second DUI, you may be concerned about what implications a second charge can have. First time offenders are treated far more leniently by the court, and going through the process again… Read More »

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Atlanta Student Crushed In Fatal Elevator Accident

By Hawkins Spizman |

JauMarcus McFarland, a student and football player who had just moved from Missouri to Atlanta to play for Champion Prep Academy, was tragically killed in a terrifying accident. McFarland was living in a building with his teammates on Highland Avenue Northeast and the incident occurred there when 16 of them piled onto the building’s… Read More »

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Have You Fallen At An Atlanta Restaurant?

By Hawkins Spizman |

When you go out to eat, the last thing you may be thinking about is tripping and falling. However, that might be just what’s on the menu. Restaurants often have cramped dining areas bustling with servers, platters filled with possible liabilities from hot soup to steak knives, and distracted guests, making them a veritable… Read More »

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Can I Get My Georgia DUI Expunged?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Receiving a DUI conviction can have serious long-term consequences, and it’s natural that you would want to do everything in your power to remove it from your record. Unfortunately, DUI convictions are not eligible for expungement under Georgia’s Second Chance Law because they are serious traffic offenses. This means that there is no legal… Read More »

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