Ronald L. Hilley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Hilley & Frieder
 | 5855 Sandy Springs Circle, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 404-233-6200
Fax: 404-233-3430
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Attorney Ronald L. Hilley is a senior partner with Hilley & Frieder, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia. A highly rated trial advocate with more than 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Hilley focuses his practice on serious personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and workers' compensation claims. He is also one of only a few attorneys in the state who routinely represents physicians and other professionals seeking their rightful long term disability benefits.

Known for his compassion, Mr. Hilley finds great reward in helping innocent accident victims and their families recover the full amount of compensation they deserve for the injuries and losses they sustained as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, and he has secured millions of dollars in settlements and awards on behalf of his plaintiff clients.

Mr. Hilley's desire to help those in need stems from the influence of his father, who served as a professor of law at Emory University. Following in his father's footsteps, Mr. Hilley has dedicated his profession to helping those suffering needlessly to rebuild their lives in the wake of a preventable tragedy.

A 1972 graduate of Emory University, Mr. Hilley obtained his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in 1976. The State Bar of Georgia admitted him to practice that same year, and he has served as lead counsel in a number of cases before the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Court of Appeals of Georgia. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism, exceptional legal abilities and unwavering commitment to his clients, Mr. Hilley holds a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* rating, and he earned the Martindale-Hubbell Silver Client Champion award in 2018.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Workers' Compensation (50%)

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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About Ronald Hilley

Admitted: 1976, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.hilleylaw.com/Attorneys/Ronald-L-Hilley.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • Recognized for excellence in quality of service, overall value, responsiveness and communication ability., Client Distinction Award, Martindale / Lawyers.com, 2013
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Society. (Lead counsel in cases recovering in excess of $1 million.), Million Dollar Advocates Society, Million Dollar Advocates Society, 2018
  • Recognized as one of the nation's top attorneys in workers' compensation by the national organization of workers' injury law group (WILG), Top 1% of Workers' Compensation lawyers, WILG - Workers' Injury Law Group, 2018
  • Recognized for excellence in quality of service, overall value, responsiveness and communication ability., Client Distinction Award, Martindale / Lawyers.com, 2015
  • Recognized as one of the 10 Best attornesy for client satisfaction, Top 10 for Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
  • Recognized for excellence in quality of service, overall value, responsiveness and communication ability., Client Distinction Award, Martindale / Lawyers.com, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Trial Lawyer Top 100, 2019
  • Board Member of WILG (Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group) Invitation only, 2017
  • Georgia Bar Association, Workers' Compensation
  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Georgia, 1976  

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Analysis and discussion of the ramifications of recent workers' compensation case law decisions., Author, Workers' Compensation Recent Developments, The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Analysis and discussion of the ramifications of recent workers' compensation case law decisions., Author, Workers' Compensation Recent Developments, The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Analysis and discussion of the ramifications of recent workers' compensation case law decisions., Author, Workers' Compensation Recent Developments, The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Analysis and discussion of recent case law in the area of workers' compensation., Author, Workers' Compensation Recent Developments, The Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Speaker at Trial Advocacy Seminar, live and simulcast to over 30 satellite locations and rebroadcast throughout the year., Speaker, Trial Advocacy (CLE), ICLE, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Contract worker suffered fractured ankle while working out of town. Insurance company initially paid weekly benefits of less than $150.00 per week. After successful hearing which resulted in increase of weekly benefits to $500.00 per week, claim was settled for $90,000.00
  • West Georgia machine operator suffered broken finger while working at factory. Within 1 month of surgery, company wanted employee to come back to work, but he could not do his regular job. We successfully restarted his weekly benefits and got him additional medical care. Total Workers’ Compensation recovery $87,579.00
  • North Georgia construction worker suffered non-surgical low back injury while lifting. Total Workers’ Compensation recovery $111,073.00
  • Outside worker suffered injury to arm. Surgeon picked by insurance company performed unsuccessful surgery. We got a new doctor appointed as treating doctor. We got additional surgery approved and got client on weekly benefits. Total Workers’ Compensation recovery $167,763.00
  • Healthcare worker suffered non-surgical injury to neck which kept her from returning to her regular job. Insurance company and employer forced her to return to work twice doing paperwork. We successfully got her benefits restarted. Total Workers’ Compensation recovery $173,681.00
  • Employee of factory in southwest Georgia suffered non-surgical low back injury and injury to knee requiring arthroscopic surgery. Through our office employee awarded social security disability arising from work injury. Total Workers’ Compensation recovery $264,822.00
  • Retail sales person suffered injury to finger while setting up display requiring surgical repair to hand. Surgery did not result in employee’s ability to return to her job. Total Workers’ Compensation recovery $192,949.00
  • Metro Atlanta construction worker suffered low back injury while lifting. Single low back surgery. Not eligible for social security due to young age. Total Workers’ Compensation recovery $207,584.00
  • Metro Atlanta warehouse worker developed carpel tunnel in both hands and had a carpel tunnel release for each wrist. Total Workers’ Compensation recovery $247,673.00
  • Retail store worker suffered low back injury while twisting. Injury required low back surgery. Prior to settlement we successfully handled her social security disability claim. Total Workers’ Compensation recovery $335,000.00
  • 2015-01-27  Slip and fall at retail store causing low back pain which required epidural injections but no surgery.  $80,000.00
  • 2015-02-17 Employee/ machine operator suffered injury to hand.  Multiple claims stemmed from the injury.  The workers' compensation claim resulted in a total recovery in excess of $500,000.00.  A claim for products liability was put in suit against a number of companies that maintained and modified the machine causing the injury. Confidential settlements were reached with the various companies.  While the WC claim was pending we secured social security benefits for employee
  • 2015-03-30  Employee / machine operator suffered crush injury to hand while operating machine.  During pendency of claim we secured social security disability benefits for employee. Workers' Compensation recovery in excess of $300,000.00.
  • Medical Negligence/ Wrongful Death:  55 year old male presented to Emergency Department of rural hospital with angioedema which is an allergic reaction.  Our suit contended that the attending emergency physician prematurely discharged patient resulting in his death.  Suit included both the attending physician that discharged the patient, the initial treating physician who failed to see the patient when admitted and the hospital for its failure to maintain a culture of safety as required.  Confidential settlements were recovered against all defendants.  The total of settlements far exceeded any verdict rendered in the county of venue. , 2018
  • 2016    $1.4 million plus WC settlement plus obtaining social security.  Client suffered foot injury in warehouse when foot was crushed by forklift.  Injury required surgical repair. 
  • 2016-04-02 $100,000.00 policy limit settlement for knee injury resulting from auto collision with disputed liability after discovery and at pretrial. 
  • 2015-08-08  Workers' Compensation-  Employee data entry developed bilateral carpal tunnel due to repetitive work demands.  During pendency of WC claim we secured award for social security disability.  Once social security was in place employee had a reliable monthly income.  WC recovery in excess of $400,000.00
  • 2015-08-04 Employee office worker slipped in water while leaving work.  We submitted both a workers' compensation claim and a premises claim.  Employee was over 60 years of age and  both the insurer for the WC claim and the slip and fall claim contended that client's back problems were solely age related.  WC claim recovery was $55,000.00.  SF recovery was $400,000.00.
  • 2015-10-16  Medical Negligence claim - retained sponge after C-section delivery.  Patient had C-section but a sponge was left.  Confidential settlement paid by both physician and hospital. 
  • 2016   $940,000.00 settlement.  Client / passenger suffered injury to hip requiring surgery after automobile in which she was passenger was struck from behind by truck in congested traffic. 
  • Workers Compensation - Employee suffered injury to low back.  $125,000.00 lump sum in addition to previously paid indemnity and medical. 
  • 2015-02-02 Employee nursing assistant who would sit with elderly persons at their home suffered a low back injury while opening the door of a minivan.  Nonsurgical injury - total recovery in excess of $100,000.00
  • 2015-04-17  Employee contracted disease at workplace.  Employer disputed claim.  Disease could have stemmed from source other than workplace.  Confidential settlement.
  • 2015-12-15 Employee / machine operator suffered crush injury to index finger requiring surgery.  We arranged for medical care and secured indemnity benefits.  Confidential recovery in excess of $100,000.00
  • 2016-03-21   Workers' Compensation - Employee suffered injury to finger for which the treating doctor gave a 2% disability rating.  We recovered over $40,000.00 for client
  • 2016-03-07  Employee suffered injury to foot resulting in Charcot foot.  Recovery in excess of $150,000.00 

Transactions:

  • 2016 - Lump sum settlement of ongoing long term disability claim for confidential amount  2017 - Lump sum settlement of ongoing long term disability claim for confidential amount

Educational Background:

  • Emory University, B.A. in Economics June 1972

Industry Groups

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
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Office Location for Ronald L. Hilley

5855 Sandy Springs Circle
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: 404-233-6200

Fax: 404-233-3430

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Last Updated: 10/31/2019

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