Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
May 2, 2008
Albany- An Atlanta judge says a Georgia law that limits medical malpractice damages in some cases is unfair to the poor and middle class. He says the law needs to be tossed out.
The General Assembly set the limits on damages for pain and suffering three years ago. Since then attorneys say fewer medical malpractice suits have been filed. Doctors claim the judge's ruling could force patients to pay more for health care.
Three years ago, the General Assembly put a limit on pain and suffering damages that can be awarded to medical malpractice plaintiffs. Now Fulton County Judge Marvin Arrington says that's unconstitutional. In a nutshell, his ruling says the law puts tougher restrictions on the damages a poor or middle class medical victim can collect.
"We don't have caps generally on other types of cases, so it's really a public policy question," said Attorney Paul Phillips of Flynn, Peeler, and Phillips.
The Medical Association of Georgia is disappointed and doctors say, it won't just affect them.
"Everyone that works, pays taxes, buys insurance, contributes, and lives a life of integrity and honor, they suffer," said Dr. Scott McGee, Premier orthopedics, PC.
If the ruling stands, doctors say medical malpractice insurance will go up, and it could mean some doctors increase fees or leave the state.
"I'm certain we will," said McGee.
The ruling will likely be appealed, leaving patients and doctors with more questions than answers over what this ruling could ultimately mean.
"It's hard to say. First of all this is a trial court ruling, so it will be appealed and go through the appellate process here in Georgia," said Phillips.
The answer may be to look back to 2005 before the caps were put on, when attorneys say more medical malpractice cases were being filed. The Caps limit non-economic damages to $350,00 for one provider and $700,000 for multi-defendant cases.
There's no word on how quickly an appeal may be filed or how soon the Supreme Court of Georgia might consider the case.