Thursday, March 20, 2008

Albany Beat

Malone: Chip off block

On July 18, 2005, Reginald “Reggie” Harris, Jr. was an athletic and active 14-year-old boy who broke his leg when he attempted to jump over a ditch. Today, because of medical practice, Reggie is an amputee; Harris’ family successfully claimed that Sumter Regional Hospital staff ignored repeated complaints that the boy couldn’t feel or move his toes.

Harris, of Americus, will never play football gain or otherwise have opportunities that otherwise would have been afforded to him. Due to having being represented by of the best plaintiff’s attorney firms in the United States , though, Harris will have the financial wherewithal to have a decent life. Last week, Harris and his family were awarded $24 million in a Dougherty County civil suit against Sumter Regional and two co-defendants.

Hiring Malone Law, the law firm of famed Albany native Thomas W. “Tommy” Malone and his son, Adam, was a brilliant move for the Harrises. Indeed, Tommy Malone’s patient, steadfast tutelage of his son is paying big dividends for the Malone family – and their clients.

After learning how to try cases in the district attorneys' office during law school, Adam Malone has used that experience to distinguish himself in the courtroom. His first trial resulted in a $760,000 jury verdict for permanent injuries suffered by a 9-year-old girl who was hit by a truck when the insurance company offered only $75,000. Since then, Adam Malone has continued to obtain numerous substantial recoveries many of which reach into the millions of dollars depending upon the severity of the injuries for victims of medical negligence, automobile and tractor-trailer wrecks, and other events arising out of negligent or careless conduct.

Already, Adam Malone has obtained several jury verdicts in excess of $1 million; the Harris verdict is his – and one of Dougherty County ’s – largest. Meanwhile, Tommy Malone’s largest verdict is a $45 million in a medical malpractice award in 1995 in Fulton County for a case in which he represented parents’ claims for medical expenses for their child, and for loss of services and the child’s claims for future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income.

Adam Malone serves in various leadership capacities with the State Bar of Georgia and holds office in several nationwide legal organizations. He is the president-elect of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, an invitation-only organization of elite trial attorneys. Adam is also on the Board of Governors for the prestigious Belli Society, a charitable organization that promotes the study of law by funding research, conducting lectures, seminars, and publishing legal articles. He also serves as an officer in the Professional Negligence Section of the American Association for Justice.

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