Bev Bates in 1974 co-founded a law office, Bates & Baum, in Atlanta after 4 years as a JAG officer in Defense Appellate Section of Army Judiciary representing soldiers on appeal of courts-martial; and 8 years of additional federal trial experience as an Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia representing federal agencies and officials in civil cases. One of his responsibilities was representing the United States in Federal Tort Claims Act cases, which often were negligence claims against federal employees for improper driving while on official duty. In 38 years of private practice, he has represented persons injured in accidents, including those injured due to negligence of taxi drivers. Cases are generally handled on a contingent fee for a percentage of the recovery and reimbursement of attorney expenses.
In one case, Mr. Bates filed a suit in Fulton County when his client, a taxi passenger, sustained a spinal soft tissue injury in an accident caused by the negligence of the driver. The taxi company Defendant refused to settle, and claimed that the taxi driver was an independent contractor driving his own vehicle for which the company had no responsibility. The trial was submitted to the jury in two parts because the passenger was not paid no-fault benefits by the taxi company’s "self-insurer", also a Defendant. We contended that the Defendants operated the taxi business as a joint venture. The court instucted the jury on agency, the jury returned a verdict for the passenger, and awarded $12,500 for the injury. For failure to pay statutory benefits, the jury awarded the passenger client medical expenses, punitive damages, and attorney fees totaling $43,495 in addition to the earlier jury award. Defendants appealed but the case was affirmed by the Court of Appeals.
Mr. Bates can be contacted at 404-262-6272 or email@example.com.In 38 years of private practice, Mr. Bates has represented persons injured in accidents, including those injured due to the improper driving of taxi drivers. Cases are generally handled on a contingent fee for a percentage of the recovery and reimbursement of attorney expenses. In one case, the jury awarded the taxi passenger client medical expenses, punitive damages and attorney fees totaling $43,495 in addition to the $12,500 for the injury.