James T. Ponton

Personal Injury
Lawyer

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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 works as an Atlanta, GA personal injury accident lawyer and 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.

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head on Car Accident Injuries in Atlanta, GA | Ponton Law Car Accident
February 14, 2021

What to Do After a Car Accident Injury

The seconds and minutes that follow a car accident are usually the most confusing. The noise, panic, smell of fumes, and pain of injuries can leave you overwhelmed, scared, and unsure of your next steps. Even sadder, this very natural reaction could cost you your right to seek financial compensation for your injury-related losses. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), everything you say and do after a car accident can significantly impact the ability of an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney to pursue your claim. The following steps should guide you on what to do after car accident injury.   Assess Yourself for Injuries The first, most important step after a car accident is to check whether you have been injured. If you are in severe pain or believe your injuries are serious, call 911 or ask someone to do it. If your injuries are minor, you can check on…
How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Fender Bender? Car Accident
February 12, 2021

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Fender Bender?

Getting into an accident, especially one that was not your fault, can be physically, emotionally, and financially frustrating. After the crash, one of the topmost questions in your mind will be how much it will cost you to repair your vehicle if it hasn't been declared totaled. Fender benders are considered minor accidents but have still been known to cause damage. If you have been involved in one, you may be wondering; how much does it cost to repair a fender bender? There are many factors that determine the costs, all of which we discuss below. For help seeking compensation for a fender bender, contact an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney.   Fixing Your Bumper The bumper is one of the most commonly affected vehicle parts in a fender bender. With today’s bumpers being retrofitted with crash avoidance technology, including cameras and sensors, a simple accident at less than 10 mph…
Plaintiff Deposition Questions to Expect During a Slip and Fall Case in Atlanta, GA | Ponton Law Slip and Fall
February 11, 2021

What to Do After a Slip and Fall in Georgia

The US Department of Labor reports that slip and fall accidents make up the majority of industry injuries and are responsible for nearly 15 percent of all accidental deaths. Because getting into a slip and fall is not something you prepare for, the aftermath can be overwhelming and confusing. You might take some time to come to terms with what has happened, and even then, you may not know where to start. Knowing what to do after a slip and fall can protect your right to seek fair compensation for your losses. It will also allow you to take the necessary measures to protect your ability to recover. If you have been injured in a slip and fall, contact an experienced Atlanta Slip and Fall Accident Attorney.   Seek Medical Attention The first step after any accident, including a slip and fall, is to assess your injuries and seek medical…
How Much Will Your Insurance Go Up After a Fender Bender? Car Accident
February 10, 2021

How Much Will Your Insurance Go Up After a Fender Bender?

One of the most common questions among people involved in minor car accidents is, how much will my insurance go up after a fender bender. After a car accident, many insurance companies will usually impose a surcharge that results in higher premiums. Since a fender bender is a minor accident, most people expect a smaller hike if any at all. Like car accidents, no two insurance companies are the same. Whether or not your insurance rates increase after a fender bender and by how much may depend on several factors discussed below. Please consult an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney if you have been injured in a car accident.   Cost of the Claim Most insurance companies will consider the type of accident and extent of damage when determining whether to impose a premium surcharge. A minor fender bender that results in zero injuries, for example, is less likely to carry…