Georgia Boxer Starts Rehabilitation After Motorcycle Accident

Former two-time WBO Welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams has started rehabilitation treatment after a motorcycle accident that left his lower body paralyzed.

Williams, 30, is a native of Grovetown, Georgia, near Augusta.

On May 27, Williams was injured while riding his motorcycle in an Atlanta suburb.  He tried to avoid another car that was taking a curve and then had to swerve to avoid an oncoming car.  He was thrown from his motorcycle and handed on his back and head.  He was wearing a helmet at the time, as required by Georgia law.
 
According to his doctors, contrary to earlier reports Williams’ spinal cord was not severed.  However, his spine was fractured and the injury has interfered with the transmission of nerves to his lower body.  The severity of the injury and his chances for a full recovery are still undetermined.  His scheduled September 15 fight in Las Vegas against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been canceled.

Williams had surgery at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital to stabilize his spine, and is undergoing rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center.  He is already able to roll over in bed, transfer from a bed to a wheelchair, and maneuver in a wheelchair.  He’s learning how to perform other daily activities and is expected to be able to live independently.  Average rehabilitation time for similar injuries is four to six weeks.

News reports have not mentioned whether any lawsuits will be filed as a result of the accident.

Under Georgia law, a person who suffers an injury due to an accident caused by another person is entitled to compensation.  Normally, this compensation is paid by the at fault party’s liability insurance company.  However, a claim against the injured party’s auto insurance may be necessary if the at fault party’s insurance limits are too low.  The experience of Robertson, Bodoh and Nasrallah in Georgia is that about 80% of the claims we handle are settled without having to file a lawsuit.  However, when the insurance company is unreasonable, a lawsuit is often necessary. The claim (or the lawsuit if necessary) can include compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earning ability, property damage (if applicable), and the cost of additional household help due to the injury.

 Of course, Personal injury claims are not limited to automobile wrecks.  Such claims can also be based on injuries due to slip/trip and falls, criminal assaults, defective products, and medical malpractice.

In Georgia, the injured party must either settle their claim or file a lawsuit within two years of the accident.  If you wait until the two years is almost expired, most lawyers will not take the case, because it leaves no other option than quickly filing the lawsuit which requires the attorney to set aside all other clients. Contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer promptly is critical.    

Keith Bodoh and Matt Nasrallah are lawyers in Marietta Ga serving the Marietta, Cobb County and Metro Atlanta areas.  If you or a family member have suffered a serious personal injury in Georgia, click here to learn more about your rights. Marietta Personal Injury Lawyers


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