James T. Ponton

Personal Injury
Lawyer

Your Atlanta Attorney

James T. Ponton graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in 2001 from Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2004 from Albany Law School in Albany, New York. While at Albany Law, he was a member of the Albany Law Review as well as spending a year interning for The Honorable Joseph C. Teresi at the New York State Supreme Court. After graduation, he began his practice at Downey and Cleveland, LLP in Marietta, Georgia, representing insurance companies and their insureds in first and third party actions. While at Downey and Cleveland, LLP, he tried numerous cases to verdict as well as authoring numerous successful decisions in Georgia’s appellate courts, including Penny v. McBride, 282 Ga. App. 590 (2007); Mealer v. Kennedy, 290 Ga. App. 432 (2008); and Whatley v. Sharma, 291 Ga. App. 228 (2008). As a former insurance defense attorney, James is keenly aware of litigation tactics employed by insurance companies to pressure the injured party to accept a smaller settlement or simply walk away from their case.

In 2008, James began his representation of Georgia families who have experienced personal injury or death due to the negligence of others when he joined Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., he tried numerous cases to verdict, including Alexis Hall, by next friend and natural guardian Akili Hall v. Tampico Taxi, Inc., No. 07-EV-002644D, which resulted in a verdict in favor of the Halls on November 19, 2010, in the amount of $851,137.40. He has litigated numerous wrongful death, brain injury, trucking cases, and other cases involving catastrophic injuries. James was selected by his peers as a Georgia Rising Star in 2014-2018 and a Superlawyer in 2019. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in Georgia under the age of 40 are selected as a Rising Star.

He is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice before all Georgia State, Superior, and Appellate courts, including the Georgia Supreme Court as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th District. James is also a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

Recent Posts

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August 14, 2019

How Much is a Neck Surgery Case Worth?

Ponton Law has handled 20+ neck surgery cases throughout the Atlanta area in cases ranging from premises liability to car accidents to trucking accidents and other commercial cases.    Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to evaluating your neck surgery case in Georgia with a particular emphasis on the Metro Atlanta area which covers a large percentage of our practice.   Also below are a sampling of actual dollar amounts based on actual cases and recoveries. (1) There is a possibility that the value of your case exceeds all available insurance coverage.     By “all available insurance coverage” I mean the combination of all available liability policies and all available UM (underinsured motorist) policies.   If you were involved in a car accident and the at-fault driver has $25,000 in liability coverage, the minimum amount in Georgia, and you also have $25,000 in add-on…
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August 5, 2019

Atlanta Auto Injuries and Lost Wages

Are lost wages part of my claim against the insurance company? Yes.   Lost wages are an item of your special damages.   Special damages include dollar amounts that are directly attributable to the accident.    For example, your medical bills are part of your special damages. Other items included in your special damages might include mileage to and from the doctor’s office, parking at the doctor’s office, and potentially lost wages.   When it comes to recovering lost wages, there are generally 4 areas of inquiry that need to be looked at before submitting any documentation to the insurance company: What is the nature and extent of your injuries? If you have soft tissue injuries from a car accident, it is certainly very reasonable to stay out of work for anywhere from a couple of days through a few weeks.   If you have soft tissue injuries which are…
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August 2, 2019

Headache after Car Accident?

Car accidents have been deemed to be among the major causes of persistent headache lasting for over 30 days. Impact after a car accident on the head might seem minor but may certainly lead to a complication. People involved in an accident within Atlanta are advised to talk to our Atlanta car accident attorney at Ponton Law, who is a personal injury attorney in Atlanta. You can visit the offices at 2002 Summit Blvd NE #300, Atlanta, GA. The attorney addresses issues on, how frequent the headaches are, possible complications, and the treatment plan. How Frequent are the Headaches? Headaches after an accident occur as a result of hitting the head on a hard surface or a whiplash. The headache normally starts about an hour after the accident and persists for a period of time. If the headache prolongs for more than one month, each headache period lasting more than…
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August 2, 2019

Common Car Accident Injuries

No matter what precautions you take, you can not entirely annihilate the possibility of getting involved in a motor accident. In the event that you get injured in one, you may sustain different types of injuries. The nature of the injuries often depends on a number of things, including the impact of the crash, whether or not the driver and passengers had seatbelts or not, if the car had airbags or not and the direction in which car was hit. Some of the most common types of car accident injuries are back injuries, which may involve injury to the spinal code and cause paralysis. Another severe kind of injury is the neck injury. This type of injury is mostly caused by high-speed collisions. Chest injuries can result in broken ribs and trauma to the internal organs. Head injuries may have a lasting effect on those who suffer them. A concussion…