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Congratulations to Our Georgia 2022 Super Lawyers
We are very proud to announce the following attorneys at Powers Law Group have been named among the best in Georgia in the latest Super Lawyers magazine published by Thomson Reuters.
Attorney Jeff Powers has been practicing law for over 27 years. Mr. Powers is highly-respected within not only the Middle Georgia legal community, but also statewide, as a tremendously skilled personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer. He is passionate about representing people who have suffered horrible, usually preventable, injuries due to the negligence of others.
Attorney Adam Beecher has been practicing law for 13 years, the entirety of this time with Powers Law Group. Mr. Beecher, who is a partner in the firm, is also highly regarded by the local legal community here, in Macon-Bibb County, as well as across the State of Georgia. He is a fierce, compassionate advocate for the clients he represents, whether injured on the job, or hurt in auto, tractor-trailer, or motorcycle accidents.
Powers Law Group, located in Macon, GA, is a dedicated group of personal injury and workers’ compensation trial lawyers who meet with their clients face-to-face, become personally invested and deliver results. They have been providing excellent legal services since 1995.
Clients frequently ask me how much automobile insurance they should have? Having full coverage means different things to different people. Whether you chose to buy towing and rental car reimbursement should not be as important as having sufficient UM (underinsured motorist or med pay coverage). Having adequate UM coverage indicates that you are concerned about protecting the people in your car as well as yourself. Unfortunately, the time to look over your insurance policy usually happens after the accident when its too late to increase the coverage one should really carry. Each person should regularly look at their own policy and make sure that they are adequately insured in case of an accident. By the time they call Powers Law Group, the client is probably not at fault for causing the accident, but in need of a trial lawyer. This is when we can help you make the right decisions about handling your case.
- First, the State of Georgia only requires one who gets a car-tag to have the minimum liability insurance coverage of $25,000. This coverage pays when a vehicle owner is at fault and that driver is responsible for the harm they caused to the another motorist, pedestrian, passenger in a car or bicyclist. Remember this insurance coverage does not pay for medical treatment for the at-fault driver. A driver in Georgia must carry this insurance on their car or they cannot get a license plate or renew that tag at their local DMV office.
- Second, if you only buy the bare minimum insurance you can also get a Underinsured or Uninsured insurance policy for the same limits of $25,000 which protects “you or the people in your car” when your car is in an accident. If you want to have more UM insurance, you need to increase your liability insurance coverage. This is what we recommend you do right now.
- Third, you should also have medical payment insurance coverage on your OWN insurance policy. This is because if you and your passengers are injured in an accident, your “med pay” insurance pays those persons medical bills directly to the providers. Many people wrongly assume that if they are in a car wreck, the other person’s insurance will pay their medical bills. This is not the law nor is it the duty of the at-fault party’s insurance company. Questions of how the accident happened, who is at fault and is there anyone else to blame (i.e. an unknown motorist may have contributed to the accident) may have to be answered. The bottom line is that if you get medical treatment, you owe that provider or hospital for services rendered. It’s like eating in a restaurant, “if you ordered it, you bought it,” and must therefore pay for what you ordered.
- Fourth, everyone should buy as much UM insurance as they can afford. For example, a recent case we handled at Powers Law Group, was when our client was hit from the rear in his car by a driver who had $25,000 in liability insurance. Our client had $100,000 in UM insurance but it was the traditional UM coverage and not added – on which would have given him a total possible recovery of $25,000 from the liability insurer and only $75,000 in coverage from his own policy. Our client was taken to a hospital where he was examined and then treated for several weeks at a chiropractor and then, eventually, a neurosurgeon operated on his back. His medical bills were in excess of $100,000 and, thankfully, were paid by his wife’s own group health insurance. The health insurer had a subrogation right (they could get their $$$ back) in our recovery because that is what the contract between the policy holder required our client do if he was ever in an accident.We were successful in obtaining the full policy limits from the liability insurer ($25,000) and our client’s own UM ($75,000 coverage). We then had to help the client negotiate his health insurance lien to put as much of the recovery in the client’s hands. Had the client had more in UM insurance, he most certainly would have recovered more from the settlement of his case. The difference in the client having more UM insurance was less than $100 for another $150,000 in coverage. That’s why, at Powers Law Group, we encourage our clients to periodically review their auto insurance policies and make sure they are fully insured. If you can afford it, ask your insurance agent to give you a quote on an Umbrella Insurance policy. This policy can be tied to your homeowners insurance and your cars or trucks.
- Fifth, let’s examine another scenario: You are rear-ended in a car accident on I-75 southbound. Your airbags deployed and you have a brief loss of consciousness and perhaps short-term memory loss. Paramedics, law enforcement and emergency personnel arrive on the scene. You are bleeding from a part of your face and you cannot feel your feet and cannot walk. A decision is made to have you put on a board and transported to the closest hospital. At the hospital, you are seen by several nurses, physician assistants, an emergency room doctor, a neurologist and perhaps an orthopaedic or vascular surgeon. Medical personnel order CT scans, x-rays, maybe an MRI and a decision to operate is made as your closest relative gives consent for the invasive procedure. At this point, there is a good chance $30,000 in medical bills have already occurred. If you do not have medical insurance or medical pay insurance, who will pay your medical bills? Do you have enough UM insurance coverage to compensate you for your losses?
You need a personal injury trial lawyer and someone who can provide advice on what to do with having to pay these medical providers and seek follow up medical treatment. In summary, if you get the treatment, you have to pay the providers for the services rendered. Our firm represents people from all over Georgia in cases such as this.
Powers Law Group is proud to be able to provide financial support to those in our community who are doing amazing work with young people. This morning, Attorney Jeff Powers presented Fred Sterdivant, Director of Fathers Among Men, and Charise Stephens, Director of U Create Macon, each with a check for $2,000 to support their organizations.
Normally, the Bibb Sheriff’s Office is able to give 50 bicycles to children during this event. There will be lots of sad faces on Saturday if we cannot raise more money. The cost of bicycles has gone up by about 30% this year.
If you, or your business, can help us make some children’s Christmas wishes come true, we would be most grateful! Donations can be made by clicking on the following link:
All funds raised between now and Saturday will be matched by Powers Law Group.
September 3, 2021 –
Jeff Powers has been selected to the 2022 Georgia Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Georgia receive this distinction.
Attorney Jeff Powers has been practicing law for over 25 years. He is a graduate of Florida State University and Mercer University’s School of Law and has been licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida since 1995. Immediately after graduating from law school, Jeff worked with the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor. While there, he gained invaluable experience representing victims and the community-at-large in multiple felony jury trials. After working for the DA’s Office for three years, Jeff began working for a local law firm specializing in insurance defense cases. During this time, he gained valuable insight into the practices used by insurance companies to deny claims. Also during this time, Jeff realized that his true calling was to represent injured people, and their families, who need an advocate to fight for them.
Now, with 25 years of experience, having represented people in all walks of life, Mr. Jeff Powers is the lawyer you need to ensure that you have the best representation possible.
Powers Law Group is proud to be a sponsor of The Mentor’s Project of Bibb County. For those of you who might question the existence of Santa, we know she does exist. Her name is June O’Neal. For over 25 years, June has led The Mentor’s Project. Citizens of Macon often refer to her as “The Mother Teresa of Macon.” She has clothed, fed, and practically raised thousands of young people in Macon-Bibb through her work with The Mentor’s Project. This year has been challenging for all of us, but imagine life for young people for whom their safety net is school.For the majority of Bibb County Public School students, who live below the federal poverty line, school is the place they can count on for food, security, and safety. Since March, June has led an extraordinary effort to ensure that no child in our community has gone hungry. She has collected thousands of pounds of food from donors, organized volunteers, packaged food, and delivered it to the children/youth in greatest need. This is just the tip of the iceberg, in terms of the work of The Mentor’s Project. Because of their commitment to serve and the dedication of June O’Neal, Powers Law Group has donated $6,500 in 2020 to support their work. We hope that you will consider supporting their mission with your year-end giving as well.
The 2nd Annual “A Taste For Justice” is a fundraiser presented by Middle Georgia Justice, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help people who need legal services but cannot afford them to get those services on a pro bono or reduced fee basis.
Last year the 1st Annual “A Taste For Justice” was an in-person, winetasting event. This fundraising event had to be re-imagined this year due to COVID-19. The 2nd Annual “A Taste For Justice,” is a virtual fundraising event. The following video is a good overview of what the Middle Georgia Justice does, who they work with, and how they help people, as well as some entertainment, to give you a “taste” for our community in Middle Georgia.
Powers Law Group is proud to be one of the Platinum Sponsors this year.
A Macon nursing home has had six deaths, and more than 90 residents and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Pruitt Health Macon, at 2255 Anthony Road, has 72 residents and 20 staff members who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, and six people have died, according to a report released Monday by the Georgia Department of Community Health.
Read more here: https://www.macon.com/news/local/article242168451.html
Powers Law Group has represented hundreds of patients and their families as well as healthcare workers in nursing home facilities, including this one in Macon. Unfortunately, poor safety practices and lax standards are common in nursing homes and assisted living centers throughout the State of Georgia. We pray for the 90 residents and healthcare workers who have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus at Pruitt Health Macon, most especially for the loved ones of the six residents who have perished due to their illness. Sadly, this was preventable. We should do more, as a society, for those in our community who cannot care for themselves.
The trial lawyers at Powers Law Group prosecute claims of nursing home abuse and neglect for both residents and the health care workers who are forced to enforce corporate policies that put both parties at great risk for harm. Sadly, there are large corporations, such as Pruitt Health, that are making calculated decisions to value money and profit over health and safety. It is our job to hold them accountable for these decisions.
Macon, GA – Powers Law Group is pleased to announce that founding partner Jeffrey N. Powers, has been named to the Thomson Reuters 2020 list of Georgia Super Lawyers which are made in accordance with the set of standards set forth by Thomson Reuters under the Super Lawyers Selection Methodology.
Jeffrey N. Powers is the founding partner of Powers Law Group, LLC a leading personal injury law firm in Macon, Georgia. Mr. Powers devotes his law practice to personal injury and workers compensation law. His firm represents Georgia residents in matters involving trucking, automobile, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, construction accidents, burn injuries, wrongful death and other catastrophic injuries caused by negligence.
His successes both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table has earned him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Powers is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Macon Bar Association, Macon Trial Lawyers Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Powers earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Florida State University and received his law degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1995. He obtained his license to practice law in 1995, and is qualified to appear before all Georgia trial and appellate courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. Finally, Mr. Powers is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida.
About the Firm
Powers Law Group, located in Macon, GA, is a dedicated group of personal injury and workers’ compensation trial lawyers who meet with their clients face-to-face, become personally invested and deliver results. They have been providing excellent legal services since 1995, making every client their first priority. By focusing on their client’s cases and fighting hard on their behalf, they have closed cases in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation that have resulted in settlements from tens of thousands to multi-million dollars. If you’ve been hurt at the fault of others, the attorneys at Powers Law Group will work your case, and help you get the compensation that you deserve.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
As an added layer of client service, Powers Law Group offers an on-site support dog. Rosebud, an 11-year-old Bassett Hound, is an experienced therapy dog. She lightens the atmosphere in our office as she makes her daily rounds/scent checks. Rosebud has proven herself valuable during client interviews and depositions by providing her sweet, calming presence to clients who needed comfort. What other law firm has such a dedicated four legged team member?
June has been a busy month for Book ‘Em. They delivered 100 books to The Mentor’s Project of Bibb County so that the 50 students taking part in their summer program could select two books to keep. They continued to supply books to the BCSO patrol headquarters downtown for patrol deputies to distribute. The Weekend Lunch Program for the homeless at Christ Episcopal Church also received 40 books to replenish their supply for children who come there for meals on weekends.
Thanks to a grant from The Linda Harriet Lane Fund, administered by The Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Macon Book ‘Em will be able to purchase close to 2,000 books specifically for patrol deputies to distribute while making rounds in Macon-Bibb. Book ‘Em went on a ride-along with BCSO Patrol Deputy Tommy Harris to kick off this effort. Deputy Harris spent two hours of his busy day taking us to search for children on the streets of Macon-Bibb. They visited Memorial Gym on Second Street. The kids participating in their summer program were on a field trip, so they moved on to East Macon. They visited the Family Investment Center and our friend, Rhonda Miller, whose Girl Scout Troop they delivered books to in 2018. While there, they were introduced to Roger Jackson, Executive Director of the Motivating Youth Foundation.
Mr. Jackson was busy preparing lunch for the 50 children/youth attending MOYO’s summer camp. They discussed planning a book distribution day with him later this summer as well. Deputy Harris spent time talking with some of the youth there and answering their questions about everything from doughnuts to tasers. From there, they went in search of unsuspecting children to “book.” As they drove through Davis Homes, they spotted a precious 3-year-old boy walking hand-in-hand with his dad. Deputy Harris pulled the BCSO cruiser alongside the duo. I rolled down the passenger side window and told them that they needed for them to stop so that they could get out and book them. At first, they were a bit taken aback, but as soon as they saw the basket full of new books they pulled out of the car, they were all smiles! I suspect that one little 3-year-old is enjoying his new set of six Marvel Superhero books that he took home with him.
They also picked out a Doc McStuffin’s book for his baby sister. From there, they moved on to the Pleasant Hill Neighborhood. They spotted three young children on their front porch, escaping the heat. They were delighted to be “booked” with several classics including “The Cat in the Hat,” “Go Dog, Go.,” chapter books for the older sister, and board books for their baby brother. Several other children spotted us while they were “booking” and came over to be booked, themselves!
Macon Book ‘Em will continue these surprise ride-along trips to “Book ‘Em” regularly moving forward. A special thank you to Major Kelvin Harris for arranging our ride-along today with the wonderful Deputy Tommy Harris.
The Walmart driver whose truck collided with a van carrying the comedian Tracy Morgan and other performers had not slept for more than 24 hours before the crash, New Jersey prosecutors said on Monday.
Prosecutors in Middlesex County charged the truck driver, Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., on Saturday with one count of death by auto and several counts of assault by auto in connection with the pileup early that day on the northbound New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury Township, about 45 miles from New York City. One comedian, James McNair, known as Jimmy Mack, was killed, and Mr. Morgan was critically injured.
In a criminal complaint released on Monday, prosecutors said that at the time of the crash, Mr. Roper had been operating the tractor-trailer “without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours resulting in a motor vehicle accident.” In a statement issued on Monday, a Walmart spokeswoman, Brooke Buchanan, emphasized that the company believed Mr. Roper “was operating within the federal hours of service regulations,” which limit work shifts to 14 hours, with only 11 of those behind the wheel. She said the company was cooperating with the investigation.
Under New Jersey law, a driver can be convicted of vehicular homicide if it is shown that he had been without sleep for at least 24 hours when the accident occurred.
A preliminary police investigation found that Mr. Roper had failed to perceive slow-moving traffic ahead of him, and, at the last minute, swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision. The complaint did not explain how the New Jersey State Police determined that Mr. Roper had been sleep deprived.
The crash occurred as Mr. Morgan, 45, a former cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” was traveling to New York City from a comedy show in Delaware. Around 1 a.m., a Walmart tractor-trailer collided with the back of the van, a 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, setting off a chain reaction that involved four other vehicles.
Mr. Morgan sustained injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs. After the crash, he and his assistant, Jeff Millea, 36, were airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Another comedian, Ardie Fuqua, 43, was also injured.
By Monday, Mr. Morgan was responsive but remained in critical but stable condition. “This recovery will be arduous,” his publicist, Lewis Kay, said in a statement.
Written by: J. DAVID GOODMAN
Continue to Source article from nytimes.com: Driver Charged in Crash Involving Tracy Morgan Had Not Slept in 24 Hours, Prosecutors Say
Insight by Atty. Jeff Powers:
Our interstates are becoming more and more dangerous due to tired and distracted truck drivers and lax regulation by their employers. In 2012 alone, there were 333,000 large truck crashes which killed 3,921 people and injured over 104,000 in the United States. If this many people were killed or injured due to commercial airline accidents, there would be serious consequences for the airlines. Be careful on our roadways – big truck drivers are overworked, tired, and highly distracted.
We are proud to support Book ‘Em’s efforts, in partnership with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, to improve childhood literacy rates in Macon-Bibb County!
Book ‘Em was thrilled to participate in their 3rd “Santa in the Park,” event which is an annual outreach project of the Bibb Sheriff’s Office. Each year the Sheriff’s Office selects a public park to be the site of a pre-Christmas gift-giving event for children who might not otherwise receive any gifts on Christmas day. Every child who attends this annual event receives a brand-new toy or bicycle. Book ‘Em is also there to give at least one brand-new book to each child. From 2015-2017 Book ‘Em has given close to 1,000 books to children who attend Santa in the Park. This year’s event was held at the Buck Melton Community Center on Anthony Road.
The Association of Women Law Students at Mercer University School of Law hosted the inaugural Lauren Giddings 5K yesterday during Mercer’s Homecoming weekend. The race took place at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, GA. Powers Law Group was one of the sponsors of this event
All money raised will go towards the Lauren Giddings Scholarship, benefitting a Mercer Law Association of Women Law Students member to go towards bar exam preparation expenses. Currently, the average amount that our graduates spend on bar prep and living expenses the summer after they graduate is over $8,000, and federal loans do not cover even half of that amount. Lauren Giddings was a 2011 Mercer Law School graduate. She was involved throughout the law school, including her membership in the Association of Women Law Students. She is remembered for her passion for giving back, including her work with The Habeas Project. It is an honor for Mercer Law AWLS to have a 5K and scholarship in her memory.
During Bibb County Public School’s Fall Break, Book ‘Em, along with Deputies S. Smith and T. Nelson, gave away more than 100 brand-new books. Books were given to students participating in The Mentor’s Project of Bibb County’s Annual Fall Festival.