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Mar 12 2018

Southern Trial Lawyers Association

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2018 MARDI GRAS CONFERENCE

The 2018 Mardi Gras Conference will be held February 7 through February 11 at the JW Marriott hotel in New Orleans.

We will start as usual on Wednesday with a reception hosted by the JW Marriott starting at 6pm.

CLE will start on Thursday the 8th with opening remarks and welcome from President Mark Zamora.

CLE will end around 1:15pm. On Thursday evening from 6:30pm until 10:00pm we will have the War Horse Gala. Location to be announced.

CLE on Friday starts at 9am and concludes around 1:15 From 5pm till 10pm we will again have a party at Galitoire s on Bourbon Street. Last years party which was a Salute to Tommy Malone had over 225 people in attendance. That was the largest attendance of any event since STLA was founded.

Saturday CLE starts again at 9am and concludes at 1:15. At 10am the folks riding in the Krewe of Tucks parade will get on a bus for the parade grounds. The annual crawfish boil sponsored by MediVisuals, Alliance Meds and the Centers kicks off around 1:30pm.

Beginning at 9 pm we will have the Saturday Night Gala at the hotel. Details have not been finalized as of yet.

There are new changes again this year and we hope to see you there.

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2017 Pat O Brien s Event

While it pales in comparison to other verdicts recently reported on this list serve, I feel compelled to post this report on the verdict we received last Thursday in the State Court of Troup County before Judge Jeanette Little. The defendant was West Georgia Medical Center, which was represented by Richard Tisinger of Tisinger Vance out of Carrollton. Our client s mother suffered a fracture of her right femur when she fell after being left alone in a shower. When she was admitted two days earlier, she had been assessed as at high risk for falls and severe injury. The morning of the fall, she had an oxygen desaturation episode that required the attention of a rapid response team and was then taken to dialysis in which six liters of fluid were removed. Her subsequent death was not related to the fall and fracture.

Eugene Felton and I started trial on Monday 2/29 and the jury was given the case Wednesday 3/2 at about 4:00pm. According to the foreman, the jury had already found in our favor when they asked the Judge to let them go home at about 5:00pm. The next morning, the jury took about an hour and a half to reach its verdict of $325,000. We had previously made a demand of $300,000 and then submitted and an Offer of Settlement of $250,000. In response, the Hospital offered $15,000. The day before trial, the Hospital proposed a high/low of $75k/$25k to which we responded with $300k/$100k. I received no response from the Hospital’s lawyer. We are not certain of it, but have been told by local lawyers that our verdict is the first loss for West Georgia Medical Center in 25 years.

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