Jonesboro & Clayton County Personal Injury Lawyers

Personal Injury Law Firm, Jonesboro & Clayton County GA

We believe in happy clients.  That means winning settlements and jury trials.  It also means communication—and that means answering our clients’ questions, and updating our clients even when they haven’t asked yet.  We have had many happy clients in Clayton County and Jonesboro.  Our lawyers are available for meetings and consultations in our office at 21 Lee Street, Jonesboro GA 30236.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Clayton County

We handle lawsuits arising from car accidents, truck accidents, shootings, and rape or sexual assault in the Clayton County and Jonesboro area.  But you won’t see us on billboards or television commercials.  That’s not who we are—instead of having thousands and thousands of cases with hundreds of cases per lawyer, we take only a few cases so that we can give our full attention to the clients we represent.  That means that we can actually talk with our clients and make sure we’re meeting their needs.  It also means better results—i.e., bigger settlements and verdicts—on the cases handled by our firm.

Some lawyers are all bark and no bite.  Not us.  We are perfectly willing to file lawsuits, litigate the cases, and go to trial with our clients—and the insurance companies know that, which is a good thing for our clients.  We have tried many cases to verdict in the Clayton County courthouse in Jonesboro.

We could tell you more about ourselves—and if you keep scrolling down, we will.  But first, our clients say it best.

Car Accident Lawyer in Clayton County

When another driver crashes into you, things change in a flash.  You may experience pain in your neck and back, and may find that pain radiates from your spine to other parts of your body.  In serious collisions, permanent disability can occur or someone can be killed.  You may miss work.  Family members who depended on you for financial or emotional support may not know where to turn.

We know car accident cases.  Butler Law Firm has filed, settled, and tried many car accident cases, and we know the tricks that the insurance companies play.  We have seen insurance companies try to take recorded statements from victims, hoping to find something to use against that person later.  We have seen insurance companies pretend to be friendly to the person who was hurt—even claiming that the insurance company wants to pay the claim—when what the insurance company really wants is to close the file and pay less than they should.

We fight for our clients.  Many law firms that advertise on billboards talk big, but they don’t back it up.  Most of those billboard advertisers won’t return their clients’ phone calls, and have paralegals who handle hundreds of cases at a time.  They settle cheap, then move on to the next case.

At Butler Law, that’s not how we operate.  Our lawyers handle approximately 15 cases per lawyer, so we can give each client the personalized attention he or she deserves.  When we say we fight for our clients, we mean it.

Truck Accident Lawyer in Clayton County and Jonesboro

When big trucks share the road with small cars, bad things can happen—because when an 80,000 pound truck collides with a 5,000 pound car, the car is a bad place to be.

Truck accident cases call for truck accident lawyers.  Truck accident cases are different than car accident cases for a few reasons.  For one, the trucking company usually blames its own driver, but claims that the company is not responsible.  But the truck company is responsible, and at Butler Law, we win that argument almost every time.  We have written multiple briefs on the subject, and cross-examined truck company owners and their ‘safety directors’ about it.  The truth is that the truck company is almost always responsible for two reasons:

  • The truck company is liable for its driver’s misconduct under the legal rules of “respondeat superior” and “vicarious liability,” and also under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
  • The truck company often hired a driver who should not have been allowed behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, or the trucking company failed to train that driver to operate a commercial truck safely.

Truck accident cases are also different than car accident cases because of the insurance involved.  In many car accident cases, we have to look hard to find all the available insurance, such as liability insurance, underinsured motorist insurance, and resident relative insurance.  But in a truck accident case, the trucking company is required by law to have a larger insurance policy.  Most trucks who operate in multiple states must have at least $750,000 in liability insurance.  With so much money at state, trucking companies and their insurers hire smart defense lawyers and fight hard.  It often takes an experienced truck accident lawyer to win.

Wrongful Death Cases in Clayton County and Jonesboro

No case is more serious than a wrongful death case.  But they do arise, in Clayton County and Jonesboro like anywhere else.  If you or your family is dealing with a wrongful death case, we would like to first offer our sympathy and condolences.

If you or your family is dealing with a wrongful death, you probably came to this website for legal information.  The law in this area varies significantly from state to state.  Below are a few bullet points about Georgia wrongful death law.

  • > If someone is killed through the wrongful or negligent act of another person or a company, the family of the deceased person usually brings two types of claims: a wrongful death claim, and an estate claim.
  • > In the wrongful death claim, the family can recover for the “full value of the life” of the person who died, measured from the point of view of the deceased.
  • > Under Georgia law, the “full value of the life” has an intangible part (like the value of time spent with family and friends) and a tangible part (like the money the deceased would have earned).
  • > In the estate claim, the family can recover for certain other types of damages, such as the pain and suffering that the deceased experienced.
  • > Although the time limit can be longer or shorter in special situations, in general, a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit should be brought within two years of the date of death.
  • > A person does not have to be the administrator of the deceased’s estate to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia.

Wrongful death cases arise most commonly from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, or shootings.  For more detailed information about wrongful death cases in Georgia, see our Wrongful Death FAQ page.

Sexual Assault Lawyer in Clayton County

When an attacker sexually assaults a victim, the attacker takes something that can never be returned.  But that doesn’t mean the victim can’t fight back.  At Butler Law, we empower victims to take control and go after their attackers.

Our firm has handled sexual assault and rape cases against attackers and the organizations that allowed the attacker to do what he did.  We have handled cases in which minors were sexually abused at school, in which pastors sexually abused fifteen-year-olds, and in which companies that were supposed to provide therapy sexually exploited the very people they were supposed to care for.  These are hard cases.

We know it is not easy for victims to come forward, so we are here to help when they do.  Many times, sexual assault cases settle before they have to be filed with the court.  Often our clients want the case handled quietly and privately, and if that is what our clients want, that’s what we’ll do.  However, when and if our clients want to do it, Butler Law files sexual assault cases and takes the fight to the attacker in court.

Clayton County and Jonesboro Attorneys in Action

It never hurts to see your lawyer in action.  Below are a few video clips showing our Clayton County lawyers taking depositions or trying cases to juries.

In this case, which we filed in the State Court of Clayton County, a commercial vehicle company hired a bad driver, did not train him, and then put him behind the wheel of a commercial truck.  In this video clip, we took the deposition of the company’s vice president—and look what he admitted at the end!  This trucking case settled against the company on the first day of trial for $460,000.

When terrorists overseas attacked a crowd of people using a commercial truck, news reporters came to Butler Law Firm for expert analysis of the commercial vehicle.

Clayton County and Jonesboro

The city of Jonesboro was the setting for Tara, the main setting for Margaret Mitchell’s famous novel. It was also the city where many scenes from the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit were filmed. Originally called “Leakesville” in 1823, the city later changed its name to “Jonesborough.” The spelling was later changed to Jonesboro.

As the county seat, Jonesboro is also home to the historic Clayton County Courthouse which was built in 1898. However, both the State Court and the Superior Court of the Clayton County Judicial Circuit are held at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center which was opened on November 6, 2000 and is located at 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236. It has 18 courtrooms, and is also home to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department. (The Probate Court remains at the original courthouse located at 121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236.)

In this car accident trial in Atlanta GA, our client was struck in the rear by a drunk driver—while her two-year-old daughter was in the back seat. In opening statement, we described the wreck to the jury using the present tense.

The Clayton County Justice Center is at 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro GA 30236.  It is a large, modern courthouse where the State and Superior Courts of Clayton County are based.

Our Clayton County office is located at 21 Lee Street, Jonesboro GA 30236, less than a mile from the Clayton County Justice Center.

If We Don’t Take Your Case, We’ll Help You Find a Lawyer Who Can

Because our firm devotes time and attention to each case we take, we only handle a select number of cases.  If we can’t handle your case, we’ll help you find someone who can.  We know other good lawyers who handle Clayton County cases, and can send you to the right place.

Jonesboro Office

21 Lee Street
Suite 250
Jonesboro, Georgia 30236
T:770-629-8366
jeb@butlerfirm.com

Clayton County News Updates

On Thursday morning police arrested a juvenile suspect who broke into eight vehicles in one week. The 14-year-old suspect allegedly broke into four cars on Sunday, Sept. 8, one on Monday, Sept. 9 and three on Wednesday, Sept. 11.The break-ins were all along the same street.

There are now two federal sexual assault lawsuits that were filed last week.  The lawsuits state that police failed to protect women from their bosses’ sexual advances, despite multiple instances of inappropriate behavior. Judith Richards, a former city employee, claims she was fired after complaining about her boss Mark Henderson, who sexually assaulted her. At the time, Henderson was the interim executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services.

Officers finally made an arrest after the Clark Atlanta University campus shooting that injured four students. The shooting happened on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at a back-to-school celebration at the intersection of James P. Brawley Drive Southwest and Beckwith Street Southwest. Victims of the shooting were Kia Thomas, 19, Erin Ennis, 18, Maia Williams-McLaren, 18, and Elyse Spencer, 18. But all the students are now stable. Police were searching for the gunman for weeks, until he turned himself in. Isaiah Williams, 21, pled guilty to the shootings.

On August 30th, three Atlanta residents were arrested on gang charges. The gang ran a multi-county drug and weapons operation. The GBI’s Gang Task Force partnered with Georgia State troopers to conduct searches at three locations with ties to the “59 Brim Bloods” street gang. The GBI seized small quantities of promethazine, Xanax and marijuana, and two handguns.

On Tuesday, police announced they arrested a man who they believe is a serial rapist. Kenneth Thomas Bowen III, 24, was arrested for a several sexual assaults dating back more than four years. Police were able to link his DNA to 8 of the attacks. They were able to fully identify him after he joined the academy as a onetime recruit and was identified by one of his victims.

Recent MARTA fires will cost the company $6.3 million. Heavy repairs will take place to the  Peachtree Center and Lakewood MARTA stations. The fires at both stations were caused by aging electrical equipment; thankfully no one was injured as a result.

Police are looking for a man who shot his girlfriend in the chest early Thursday morning. They are referring to Kenneth Wayne Hines as “armed and dangerous” after he shot his girlfriend in the chest and pointed a gun at her daughter. The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Lakeview Way in Jonesboro. He drove away in a green 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. His girlfriend is stable and police are still investigating the case.

On August 21st, a mother killed her two children before shooting herself in their Vinings home. Dr. Marsha Edwards, 58, shot and killed her two children, Christopher Edwards, Jr., 24, and Erin Edwards, 20, before turning the gun on herself. Erin Edwards and her mother had just returned from a trip to Italy together days before the unexpected shooting. Police are still investigating possible motive behind the incident.

Police are offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who captures or knows the whereabouts of an escaped prisoner. Stephen Michael Smith escaped custody in Clayton County and is now the suspect in a Florida murder.Smith is about 5 feet 10 inches and 170 lbs. with brown hair and green eyes. He is wanted for escaping from a work release program in Clayton County, Ga. while serving a sentence for robbery.

Around 12:30 PM on Sunday, a truck flipped over onto its side and killed the driver. Antonio Smith was driving a semi-truck with his sister sitting in the passenger side when something caused him to lose control and veer off the road. He landed beside a car wash inside Jonesboro Plaza in Forest Park. The road was shut down for several hours while police were invsetigating what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. No other injuries were reported.

Police are searching for the shooter who shot a man after a robbery. The shooting took place in the 8700 block of Thomas Road in Jonesboro. Clayton County Police said officers responded to a report of bullets being fired. When they arrived at the complex, they found a man with a gunshot wound and rushed him to a hospital.

The GBI is investigating the death of a 16-year-old Elite Scholars Academy student after she died during outdoor basketball practice. Imani Bell collapsed this past Tuesday after outdoor basketball conditioning. When the paramedics were dispatched and checked the student, she was without a pulse. Officials said she went into cardiac arrest.

On Sunday, 47-year-old Antonio Smith died after his tractor-trailer overturned. Smith was driving a tractor-trailer along Jonesboro Road when the wreck occurred, causing him to go over a retaining wall and roll down on an embankment. The vehicle spilled about 40,000 pounds of bacon all over the roadway. Clayton County police are still investigating the case and are looking for the public’s help.

On Thursday afternoon, a young teen was shot behind a Shell Station at Thomas and Flint River roads. Police are describing the incident as a possible robbery gone wrong. The teenager is in critical condition and police are still investigating the case.

Three men have been accused of selling drugs and guns in a strip mall in Riverdale. Police say Kyle Sims, 33, Herman Fields, 38, and Peter Armour, 24, sold guns for cash and were also caught stealing marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and Xanax to undercover cops. They’ve been indicted on federal charges.

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“Butler Law Firm did an exceptional job in working with the medical providers and insurance companies in negotiating reduced settlement amounts from the medical vendors and maximum payouts from the insurance companies. Nine months later my case is in the final stages of settlement and the results are better than originally projected. I would highly recommend Butler Law Firm to anyone that needed accident litigation….”Stuart Clive
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