A few days after the Georgia Court of Appeals upheld several rulings by a DeKalb County judge in the underlying trial, Safe Auto Insurance settled its federal claims against the estate of a woman killed by a drunken driver.
A Georgia Judge ruled that Georgia’s medical malpractice cap on non-economic damages was unconstitutional. As Trent Speckhals, who was one of the lead attorneys handling the case explained, “Judge Arrington’s decision addressed several aspects of caps on damages that could not pass Constitutional muster. His ruling addresses this state’s—and this nation’s—fundamental value of a citizen’s right to trial by jury. His commonsense ruling balances the rights of all Georgians, young and old, rich and poor, and restores the guarantees set forth in our Constitution.”
“Until the medical community decides to self-regulate to avoid these easily preventable prescription errors that they have long been aware of, patients must take precautions in order to not fall prey to sloppy prescription writing and filling practices that may cause serious injury or prove fatal,” said Trent Speckhals, the lead attorney who tried the case in Atlanta. “Unfortunately, some doctors and pharmacies do not do all that they should to ensure that prescriptions are accurate. We all must therefore take action to protect ourselves and our families from dangerous drug errors.”
“We continue to see the same errors over and over. [They’re] typically the result of pharmacists being too rushed, too busy, filling too many prescriptions and the use of [pharmacy] techs that really don’t have the training and the ability that a pharmacist would,” Speckhals said. “That’s one of the sad things, shocking things about it. It continues to happen at an alarming rate.”