Shuttleworth PLLC Attorney Wins Property Damage Case

Shuttleworth PLLC attorney Dennis Hawkins recently obtained a defense verdict in a property damage premises liability case.  The matter was tried before a judge with allegations that a sign blew off of a pole and damaged the business invitee’s vehicle.  At issue was whether the defendant premises owner knew or should have known of the alleged defective condition of the sign.

After cross examination of the plaintiff, Hawkins moved for and was granted a directed verdict for the defendant.

Bruce Williams Speaks On Avoiding Claims Management Mistakes

Shuttleworth PLLC member Bruce Williams spoke on October 4, 2013,  to the Annual Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association Conference to claim managers, human resource officers and nurse case managers on the topic  “Avoiding Common Claim Management Mistakes:  Denial, Delay and Disorder.”

The presentation provided strategies for properly denying claims with medical evidence, providing proper Physician Panels, identifying the hazards of Utilization Review, use of strategic second medical opinions, employment of nurse case managers, good communication techniques with the claimant and doctors, and ways to avoid the upcoming increases in penalty assessment from the Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation.

John Cannon Attends International Mediator Conference

Shuttleworth PLLC partner John R. Cannon, Jr. attended the fall conference of the International Academy of Mediators in Paris, France September 19-21. Mediators from more than fifteen countries attended sessions that included dealing with decision fatigue, insurance companies suggestions for improving mediation and the sharing of effective techniques. The  Academy promotes the study and understanding of the mediation process.