Case Study: Will an Atlanta Concertgoer's Personal Injury Suit Against Tim McGraw Get Anywhere?

Case Study: Will an Atlanta Concertgoer's Personal Injury Suit Against Tim McGraw Get Anywhere?

Country music superstar Tim McGraw is being hauled into court, as one of his fans accuses him of assaulting and injuring her after a concert in Atlanta in mid-July. Jesslyn Taylor, as detailed in a report from The Tennessean, claims that she, like many of McGraw’s other fans, was hyped up from the energy of the concert and reached out to try and get a touch or a hug from the country sensation. In her version of the story, McGraw reacted by slapping her, injuring her physically and embarrassing her publicly. McGraw tells the story a bit differently. According to the online music newspaper Music Times, Taylor reached out from the crowd as McGraw was walking out to give high-fives and sign autographs. She wasn’t reaching for a hug, the star alleges. Instead, she grabbed a hold of his leg and began to pull his jeans down, actually tearing the pants in the process. McGraw says he reacted by instinct, swatting Taylor away as he struggled to keep his pants on. Unfortunately for Taylor, witnesses ostensibly support McGraw’s version of events. That said, Taylor has still hired experienced injury lawyers to take the singer to task in court. The Plaintiff is Unlikely to Get Anything More Than Attention The plaintiff in this case could hire a team of high powered experienced injury attorneys to make her case and help her get some sort of compensation, but the chances are it wouldn’t make a difference. First, McGraw’s corroborated version of events shows that Taylor was acting in an aggressive, inappropriate manner. He responded to defend himself, without using more force...
Client And Lawyer Credibility Is King

Client And Lawyer Credibility Is King

[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]In real estate, the accepted mantra in determining the value of a home or piece of property is location, location, location.  In litigation and the trial of a case, the mantra is credibility, credibility, credibility.  Credibility is king.  More than any other variable, the perception of a party’s credibility determines the success or failure in any case. What does this mean to you? Credibility is defined by Merriam – Webster Dictionary as “the quality of being believed or accepted as true, real, or honest”.  Additional definitions include “the quality or power of inspiring belief”; “capacity for belief”.  How can you, a prospective party to a case, establish or create credibility.  One thing is clear.  Credibility cannot be created on the day of trial or at the time of deposition.  Credibility cannot be created at the time of an initial visit to a lawyer.  If a client waits until these points in time, it is likely too late. Credibility must be established at the time of the event for which you seek a lawyer’s help.  Everything you do or say once an incident has occurred helps to establish or tear down your credibility.  The one question which must be asked is:  “would I want to defend this action (what I said or did) in front of a judge or jury?” In times of stress or conflict, it is easy to lash out or communicate with anger or in an angry tone.  Every communication – be it verbal, writing, email or text – has the potential to set the tone for how you will be viewed by the decision makers in...