Nothing is more devastating to a family than a death or injury resulting from the negligence of others. Automobile accidents, equipment malfunctions and defective products can produce more misery and financial devastation than any disease. When a family member is a victim of such a mishap, the first thing people want is answers to their questions. Who caused this injury? Was it preventable? How can we ever get back to where we were before the injury?
Steve Ashby works with families to first investigate what happened and who is responsible. Steve’s background with technical issues and expert witnesses helps families to get to the bottom of each injury. Once the facts are known, Steve works to make those responsible for the injury compensate the victims of their negligence.
In one notable case, Steve represented the widow and children of a young father killed by an underage drunk driver. Steve successfully sued the driver, who went to jail, as well as the convenience store that sold beer to the driver. The jury verdict, in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County, exceeded One Million Dollars.
In another important case, Steve represented the family of a man killed when his car was rear-ended on Highway 78 in Snellville. Meticulous research revealed that this was not a typical motor vehicle accident case and that the driver was killed as a result of the failure of his seat back. Steve obtained a substantial settlement against the driver of the striking vehicle, as well as General Motors, which produced the defective seat back hinge mechanism.
Air crash cases. Steven Ashby has been a private pilot since 1981. As an avid flyer, Steve is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Steve has been involved in the construction of aircraft and the investigation of general aviation accidents resulting in injuries and deaths. Steve Ashby has represented pilots, passengers and the families of people killed in aircraft accidents since the early 1990s. His aviation and technical background have helped him achieve success in representing his clients. Steve has handled air crash cases involving turbine helicopters, turboprop multi engine aircraft and business jets.
In an important case, Steve represented the widow and children of a helicopter pilot killed in a crash when a vital component failed, making his helicopter uncontrollable. Utilizing very specialized experts, the defective component was identified. Exhaustive research revealed that the manufacturer of the helicopter, a French company, had hidden the defect, hoping that no one would find out. Once these facts were brought to light, the manufacturer settled the case and the pilot’s family was compensated. This litigation also led to the institution of new FAA regulations governing the maintenance and inspection of that type of helicopter. No similar failures have occurred since then.
Medical malpractice cases. It is difficult to fathom the number of families who are devastated by the injuries and deaths caused by medical malpractice. While the vast majority of medical practitioners are competent and caring professionals, they can and do make mistakes, often with awful consequences. Medical Malpractice lawsuits are some of the most complicated and difficult cases in our courts. Plaintiffs who are injured or killed by medical malpractice can only recover if they prove that the medical professional fell below the generally recognized medical standard of care, that they were injured, and that the injury was directly caused by the lapse in medical attention. Doctors, hospitals and medical associations spend millions of dollars defending cases, even when they know they are at fault. The odds are in their favor, because defendants win the vast majority of cases that make it to trial. It takes a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney to represent a victim of medical malpractice.
Steven Ashby has represented plaintiffs in cases involving medical negligence in emergency rooms, operating rooms, recovery rooms and intensive care units. Working with other specialists, Steve has investigated and litigated medical malpractice cases resulting in plaintiffs being compensated for their injuries at the hands of negligent medical professionals.
In his most recent medical malpractice case, Steve represented the widow of a man who died after what was supposed to be a routine procedure. Research of the medical records revealed that the surgeon, anesthesiologist and ICU nurse attending the patient failed to recognize or appropriately treat a post-operative complication, resulting in an unconscionable death. The case proceeded to trial in Superior Court. Only after jury selection and opening arguments did the defendants finally concede and settle the case.
What will all of this cost? In any personal injury case, the client can elect to have attorneys’ fees calculated from a percentage of any judgment or settlement in the case, rather than be charged an hourly fee. If there is no recovery, then no attorneys’ fees will be charged. This is called a contingency fee. The percentage (or contingency) charged would depend on the anticipated length and complexity of the case. Typically, the contingency rate runs from 33% to 45%, depending on all of the factors. As part of this arrangement, the client is ultimately responsible for any out of pocket costs for the case, such as filing fees and expert witnesses. If the attorney pays these costs, they will be deducted from any recovery after the case is over.