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Tristan Blain Morrison

Tristan Blain Morrison

Morrison & Hughes Law
  • Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability
  • Georgia
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Biography

Mr. Morrison leads an award winning team of injury and accident attorneys, serving the greater Atlanta area. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and has been described as one of the best accident attorneys in Georgia. Mr. Morrison's team handles trucking accidents, car, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents, wrongful death claims, work accidents / workers' compensation, personal injury, social security disability claims, traumatic brain injuries, and other catastrophic accident lawsuits.

Education
Santa Clara Univ
Undergraduate Degree
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Univ of Georgia School of Law
Law Degree
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Professional Experience
Founding Partner
Morrison & Hughes Law
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Mr. Morrison is one of two founding members of Morrison & Hughes Law. He and Mr. Hughes lead an award winning team of injury and accident attorneys, serving the greater Atlanta area. Mr. Morrison's team handles truck, car, and motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, work accidents, personal injury, social security disability claims, traumatic brain injuries, and other catastrophic accident lawsuits.
Senior Associate
Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele
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Senior Associate
Joyce Thrasher Kaiser & Liss
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Associate Attorney
Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson
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Associate Attorney
Baker Manock & Jensen
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Ask the Expert
Radio Interview
Defamed by a Doctor?
Morrison & Hughes Blog
GMLJ Workers' Compensation Legal Update Jan. 2010
GMLJ Annual Legal Updates
GMLJ Workers' Compensation Legal Update May 2010
GMLJ Annual Legal Updates
GMLJ Workers' Compensation Legal Update Jan. 2009
GMLJ Annual Legal Updates
Speaking Engagements
Workers' Compensation, Compensation MIJS 15th Annual Adjuster Seminar (Continuing Education Credit Given to Adjusters)
Work Accidents, Doctor's Forum 2016
Ask the Expert, Radio Interview
Workers' Compensation & Auto Accidents, Smyrna Business Exchange
Workers' Compensation & Auto Accidents, Smyrna Business Exchange
Certifications
Rising Star
SuperLawyers
Client Champion
Martindale Hubbell
Awards
AV Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
Top Rated By Martindale Hubbell since 2017
Client Champion Platinum
Martindale Hubbell
10/10, Top Contributor, Client's Choice Awards
Avvo
Professional Associations
Atlanta Bar Association
Member
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Georgia State Bar
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Georgia Bar Workers' Compensation Division
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
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11th Circuit
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Workers' Compensation
    Social Security Disability
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. What does this line means? O.C.G.A 44-14-470 My injuries was caused by another party.
A: That is a section of Georgia Law which addresses medical and other liens on your potential settlement or award. Below is the code section. If you were injured in a car wreck, it was someone else's fault, and you want to speak with a lawyer about your potential case, feel free to give my office a call. 44-14-470. Lien on causes of action accruing to injured person for costs of care and treatment of injuries arising out of such causes of action (a) Except where the context otherwise requires in subsection (b) of this Code section, as used in this part, the term: (1) "Hospital" means any hospital or nursing home subject to regulation and licensure by the Department of Community Health. (2) "Hospital care, treatment, or services" means care, treatment, or services furnished by a hospital or nursing home. (3) "Nursing home" means any intermediate care home, skilled nursing home, or intermingled home. (4) "Physician practice" means any medical practice that includes one or more physicians licensed to practice medicine in this state. (5) "Traumatic burn care medical practice" means care, treatment, or services rendered by a medical practice with respect to a patient whose burn care, treatment, or services resulted in charges in excess of $50,000.00, arising out of a single accident or occurrence. (b) Any person, firm, hospital authority, or corporation operating a hospital, nursing home, or physician practice or providing traumatic burn care medical practice in this state shall have a lien for the reasonable charges for hospital, nursing home, physician practice, or traumatic burn care medical practice care and treatment of an injured person, which lien shall be upon any and all causes of action accruing to the person to whom the care was furnished or to the legal representative of such person on account of injuries giving rise to the causes of action and which necessitated the hospital, nursing home, physician practice, or provider of traumatic burn care medical practice care, subject, however, to any attorney's lien. The lien provided for in this subsection is only a lien against such causes of action and shall not be a lien against such injured person, such legal representative, or any other property or assets of such persons and shall not be evidence of such person's failure to pay a debt. This subsection shall not be construed to interfere with the exemption from this part provided by Code Section 44-14-474.
Q. I was injured in 2018. Tore my gastrocnemius and soleus muscle in my calf, as well as nerve and vein injury.
A: I'm sorry to hear that you got hurt at work, and even more sorry that it's a permanent injury. From your description, it sounds like you have at least one accepted workers' compensation claim. Work comp claims typically involve three kinds of benefits (think of it as three buckets of money - no more no less) unless someone is "catastrophically" injured. You can't get punitive damages or "pain and suffering" in the no-fault work comp system. Only these three buckets. (1) wage replacement, (2) medical care, and (3) permanent partial disability benefits (or "PPD"). It sounds like the insurer paid out the PPD recently based on the doctor's 20% impairment rating. The authorized doctor should have done an impairment evaluation based on the AMA's 5th Ed. Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. Doctors may disagree about the % of your impairment. So a good lawyer might convince your doctor that your impairment is actually higher. Once that money is paid out, the remaining value of your case is based on the first two buckets of money. So the duration of time that you are likely to remain out of work, and the medical care that you are likely to need in the future, dictate your settlement value. If you have not consulted an attorney yet, you definitely should. A good attorney can maximize your settlement, and without an attorney, there are lots of dirty tricks that a clever adjuster can play in order to minimize your payout.
Q. In a worker’s comp case how much say does your attorney have in deciding when you can go back to work?
A: Your lawyer has more influence over your return to work than you might imagine, but less than you might want. The person who has the most control over whether you return to work is your authorized treating doctor ("ATP"). However, a good local attorney has a lot of relationships with doctors, and cultivates a good reputation amongst the medical community. That way, when the lawyer speaks with the doctors about your injury, the doctors are more likely to listen, and to adjust your work status. Your lawyer will also know what forms must be filed by an Employer/Insurer before they can force you to attempt a light duty job. Typically, in Georgia, the insurer will send the doctor a WC-240A form, which identifies some job which they think you can do. If the doctor agrees, and the form is correctly completed, filed, and served, then the insurer can force you to return to light duty work on penalty of losing your weekly income benefits if you fail to do so. Even in that situation, a good local attorney will know when you can be pulled back out of work, and can often get your weekly benefits restarted, assuming the "light duty" job offered by the Employer is not really appropriate. If you haven't talked this over with your lawyer, I recommend that you do so. If you can't reach your lawyer on the phone, or they don't seem to understand this process, consider hiring someone more experienced and responsive. Good luck!
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Morrison & Hughes Law Firm
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Morrison & Hughes
2650 Holcomb Bridge Rd.
Unit 620
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Telephone: (404) 800-5297
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Morrison & Hughes
3834 Austell Rd SW Ste A
Marietta, GA 30008
Telephone: (404) 800-5297
Fax: (404) 962-6624
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: Our team of experienced attorneys is available 24/7.