Volume I, Issue 1, December 2011

State Bar of Georgia's Young Lawyers Division The 2011 State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy making a donation at the Savannah West Broad Street YMCA and volunteering to clean and repair the facility and spend some time with the children at the YMCA.

In 2011, the Law Offices of Betty Nguyen Davis LLC focused on supporting local legal and community organizations, including the Georgia Legal Services Program, the Georgia Civil Justice PAC, and Athena’s Warehouse.

SAVANNAH YMCA

In 2011, as part of her Georgia Bar Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy training, Betty Davis participated in a day of community service at the Savannah West Broad Street YMCA and made a donation to the organization so that the children could purchase school and art supplies.

ATHENA’S WAREHOUSE

n 2011, we supported Athena’s Warehouse, an Atlanta non-profit organization focused on inspiring and teaching young inner city girls useful life skills, by sponsoring an “Old Hollywood” themed fundraiser. The fundraiser resulted in a scholarship to a deserving young woman who has been inspired by Athena and wishes to attend college.

Betty Nguyen Davis Betty Nguyen Davis is an Atlanta attorney who focuses her practice on bankruptcy and personal injury.

GEORGIA LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM

We also sponsored the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia Bar’s annual fundraiser to raise money forthe Georgia Legal Services Program, an organization that provides legal services to low-income Georgians. We are excited to continue our support in 2012 by committing a donation to Georgia Legal Services!

GEORGIA CIVIL JUSTICE PAC

In order to ensure that our clients will continue to be protected by the right to trial under the Constitution, we proudly pledged funds to the Georgia Civil Justice Political Action Committee so that your rights will continue to be protected.

WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT

Being involved in a car accident is a stressful experience, especially when you suffer from physical injuries related to the accident. You may wonder what steps you need to take to protect your legal rights. Some tips on what to do when you are involved in an auto accident are:

PERSONAL INJURY CASES INCLUDE:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Slip & Falls
  • Dog Bites
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Defective Products
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Obtain a Police Report: Always call the police and obtain a police report so that the incident can be documented;
  • Seek Medical Treatment: If you are hurt, seek medical treatment immediately. If you are seriously injured, you will probably be taken to the emergency room after the accident. If you have not suffered life threatening injuries but are still hurt, you will want to go to your regular doctor as soon as possible for an examination;
  • Make an Insurance Claim: Make a claim with your insurance company but do not make any recorded statements without obtaining legal counsel;
  • Call a Lawyer: Calling a lawyer for advice and guidance is never a bad idea!
DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS: THE DANGERS OF SURGICAL MESH
In July 2011, the FDA issued a warning about the dangers and complications of transvaginal surgical mesh. Women all over the country, including Georgia, have been experiencing problems associated with this surgical mesh and may have claims for compensation.

COUNTERFEIT SURGICAL MESH:

Between October 21, 2008 and October 27, 2009 a national medical device distributor, C.R. BARD/DAVOL, purchased and distributed a batch of surgical mesh used to repair damaged tissues in hernia and chest wall repair surgeries that turned out to be counterfeit. The company that manufactured the mesh labeled the mesh with the CR Bard/ Davol brands and product numbers. However, the mesh was unsterile and caused patients to suffer from infections and other complications from surgeries. On March 10, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning regarding the mesh, indicating that it was counterfeit. Many patients had to undergo second surgeries to remove the unsterile mesh and have experienced extreme difficulties in recovery.

DEFECTIVE TRANSVAGINAL SURGICAL MESH:

Women who have undergone surgeries to treat pelvic organ prolapsed or stress urinary incontinence have experienced complications related to defective transvaginal surgical mesh manufacted by companies such as C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, and Boston Scientific.

In July 2011, the FDA issued a warning about of mesh because it caused problems with a vast number of patients.

The Law Offices of Betty Nguyen Davis LLC is currently evaluating cases related to the counterfeit surgical mesh and the defective transvaginal surgical mesh. If you or a loved one has experienced complications after a surgery that required the use of either of these meshes, please contact us for a free consultation. For more information on these defective products, please visit www.bettydavislaw.com.

HOW TO REBUILD YOUR CREDIT AFTER BANKRUPTCY

CREDIT SCORE IMPROVEMENT TIPS:

  • Make Timely Monthly Payments
  • Keep Debt to Credit Ratio Low
  • Avoid Lawsuits
  • Obtain Credit But Pay It Off Every Month

After you have made the difficult decision to file bankruptcy, you are probably ready to move forward with your financial life. Our clients often ask how to rebuild credit after bankruptcy. After bankruptcy, your credit score will still be determined the same way that it was determined pre-bankruptcy. Important factors include timely monthly payments, debt to credit ratio, credit history, and the amount of debt you have. Here are some tips to help you improve your credit score after bankruptcy.

  • Check your credit report to make sure that all the discharged debt has been reported as discharged and no longer owing;
  • Obtain a secured card where you can deposit cash onto the card and charge it like a credit card. But, be sure to make full and TIMELY payments each month;
  • If you reaffirmed a debt in bankruptcy, make full and TIMELY payments on the reaffirmed debt;
  • Pay all of your rent and utilities on time to avoid lawsuits and collections; and,
  • Apply for a credit card or store card, and if you are approved for the card, pay it on time and in full every month.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NURSING HOME ABUSE IN GEORGIA

Finding a nursing home facility to care for your loved ones is a difficult task. You want the best care for your family member and cannot be there all the time to monitor such care. You may ask how you can make sure that your loved one is getting timely and adequate care.

One of the best ways to insure that a nursing home facility is regular visitation from family and friends. Easily preventable injuries include:

  • Bed sores
  • Overmedication
  • Undermedication
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Strangulation
  • Asphyxiation
  • Repeated falls
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual abuse
  • Wandering
  • Injuries caused by bed rails/restraints

If you notice anything is amiss, you should alert a nurse. Unresolved issues should be presented to the nursing home’s administrator. If that does not stop the neglect, then you can file a complaint with state regulators, who have the power to shut down non-compliant nursing homes. You may also contact an attorney who can investigate and determine if the nursing home should be held accountable for your loved one’s injuries.

If you have any questions about whether a nursing home or any other health care facility violated the law with regards to caring for a loved on, please call the Law Offices of Betty Nguyen Davis for assistance.

HOW LONG SHOULD I KEEP MY LEGAL FILES?
Keeping your legal files, whether by scanning and saving them electronically or by keeping the physical copies, is important when you make financial decisions in the future.

It is never a bad idea to keep your legal files in a safe and secure place for your records. In reality, you will probably never have to look at the legal documents again, but keeping the files as a safeguard for any future issues is important. Although court pleadings are public record and stored by the clerks of courts, you should probably keep your legal records for a period of at least five years. That way, if there is ever a question of whether a debt was settled or discharged in bankruptcy or whether a court case was resolved. If you happen to misplace your files, you can always obtain official court pleadings directly from the clerk of court for the jurisdiction in which your case was filed.

Although there are no Georgia bar rules requiring such, most law firms also keep legal files for several years by either storing the physical files or by storing electronic files.

BETTY NGUYEN DAVIS: ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2011
Betty and judge John J. Ellintong As part of the 2011 Leadership Academy program, Betty was sworn into the Georgia Court of Appeals and is pictured here with the Honorable Judge John J. Ellington of the Court of Appeals.
  • Betty was selected by her peers as a 2011 Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, which recognizes Georgia’s top lawyers.
  • Betty was selected for the Georgia Bar’s Young Lawyers Division 2011 Leadership Academy program and graduated from the program in June 2011.
  • Betty was appointed to the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia’s 2011-2012 Board of Directors.
  • In 2011, Betty served as a member of the Verdict magazine, a publication by the Georgia Trial Lawyers’ Association.