Does My Attorney Have the Authority to Accept a Settlement?

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently said an insurance company’s settlement agreement was enforceable where the attorney had apparent authority to enter into the agreement, and the attorney’s letter unconditionally accepted the insurer’s offer. A plaintiff was injured in a car accident and hired an attorney to assist with his personal injury claim. His lawyer… read more

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Can a Defendant Offer Evidence of the Plaintiff’s Failure to Use Seat Belts in a Car Accident?

The Georgia General Assembly enacted § 40-8-76.1 in 1988—commonly known as Georgia’s seatbelt law— which requires each occupant of the front seat of a passenger vehicle to wear a seat belt while the vehicle is being operated on a public road, street, or highway, subject to exceptions laid out in Georgia Statute § 40-8-76.1(c). Among… read more

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