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WACHP Opens Savannah Office

Posted on Jan 06, 2015 in Announcements

We are pleased to announce the opening of our Southeast Georgia office in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah at 100 Bull Street.  We are committed to growing our Southeast Georgia practice by striving to make client access and satisfaction top priorities.  Please continue to direct all communications to our Atlanta Office.

Adelman and Reardon Published in GDLA’s Quarterly Magazine

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in Announcements

Jonathan Adelman and Kevin Reardon published an update on Auto Insurance Liability Law in the Georgia Defense Lawyer publication, Volume XI, Issue II, Summer 20014.  Click to view the article: Summer 2014 GDLA Article

Defense Verdict Obtained in Objective Injury Case

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 in Results

After a four day trial and jury deliberations of approximately one hour, Dan Prout and Denise Hoying obtained a defense verdict in the State Court of Cobb County in a disputed liability case.  The plaintiff sustained a fractured collar bone in the accident and ultimately underwent surgery.  She claimed approximately $48,000 in medical expenses and more than $10,000 in lost wages.  After hearing testimony on fault for the accident from both parties, the investigating police officer, the plaintiff’s accident reconstructionist, and an independent witness, the jury determined that the plaintiff was more than 50% at fault for the accident, barring any recovery.

Verdict Considerably Less Than Pre-Trial Offer

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 in News

After two (2) days of trial and one and one-half (1½) hours of deliberations in the State Court of DeKalb County, Jonathan Adelman successfully limited a plaintiff’s verdict to $12,774, considerably less than the pre-trial offer of $45,000 and plaintiff’s request to the jury in the amount of $110,000. This was a case of clear liability on the part of the defendant. The plaintiff claimed ongoing injuries to her neck, low back, and sacroiliac joint, despite the fact that she showed up at trial wearing four inch heels.  She was transported from the scene of the accident, which involved a significant impact, by ambulance.   She followed up with an orthopedist, who administered four (4) sacroiliac joint injections between July of 2011 and March of 2014.  The favorable result was largely due to very effective cross-examinations of plaintiff’s doctor and plaintiff and some significant gaps in treatment.

WACHP Announces New Partner

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 in Announcements

We are pleased to announce that Ashley Rice has been named a partner of the firm.

Six of our lawyers named Georgia Super Lawyers for 2014

Posted on Jul 07, 2014 in Announcements

As published in Atlanta Magazine, six of our lawyers have been named Georgia Super Lawyers for 2014. These lawyers are Russell D. Waldon, Jonathan M. Adelman, Trevor G. Hiestand, Kimberly A. McNamara, Ashley Rice, and Rakhi McNeill.”

Our New Name

Posted on May 02, 2014 in Announcements

We are pleased to announce that we have changed our name from Harper, Waldon & Craig to Waldon, Adelman, Castilla, Hiestand & Prout. This does not represent a significant change in the firm’s personnel, but is rather a reflection of our firm’s march into the future. We will continue to serve our clients with the same devotion and quality to which they have become accustomed to expect.

Available for Seminars

Posted on May 02, 2014 in Announcements

We are available to speak with your claims personnel about various legal topics. Recently, we have presented a seminar entitled “How Can Insurance Companies Balance Georgia’s ‘Mirror Image’ Settlement Rule and Georgia’s Negligent/Bad Faith Failure to Settle Law?” If you would like us to present this seminar or a seminar on another topic to your company, please contact Jonathan Adelman at (770) 933-7027.

Trucking Company Successfully Defended in Personal Injury Suit with Significant Injuries

Posted on Dec 05, 2013 in Results

As reported in the December 5, 2013 issue of the Daily Report, Hilliard Castilla successfully defended a trucking Company on a major personal injury case against the company and its insurer.   All parties agreed that a drive shaft from the trucking dump truck dislodged and caused vehicles to slow and/or stop on I-575. Plaintiff, who suffered a fractured vertebrae after swerving to avoid another vehicle and driving off of an embankment, contended that the trucking company, its driver and insurer should be held liable for special damages of over $120,000, plus lost income and pain and suffering. At trial plaintiff, who demanded $900,000 from the insurer in pretrial negotiations, asked the jury for $3.2 million. Hilliard Castilla secured a verdict of less than $650,000 after convincing the judge to dismiss the insurer and driver from the litigation and persuading the jury to apportion a percentage of the blame for causing the accident to the plaintiff.

Prout Obtains Defense Verdict in Clear Liability Case

Posted on Jan 01, 2013 in Results

Dan Prout obtained a defense verdict in a clear liability case in the State Court of DeKalb County. The case involved a collision between an automobile driven by a drunk driver who fled the scene and a vehicle in which the plaintiff was riding as a passenger. The defense involved proving that the plaintiff was not injured despite a moderate impact in the collision. Despite the plaintiff-oriented venue and the enormous potential for an award of punitive damages, Mr. Prout was able to convince the jury that the plaintiff was not injured in the accident