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Can I Bring a Sexual Assault Case Anonymously?

Survivors of sexual assault are often hesitant to come forward and assert their legal rights, and understandably so. Court proceedings can be invasive, particularly when sex crimes are involved, being a known survivor of sexual assault can carry harmful stigmas, and perpetrators and their legal counsel will typically do their best to discredit and demonize survivors who speak out. Many survivors also face ongoing threats of violence after the incident in question. One of the legal tools survivors can use to address this problem is a motion to proceed anonymously. Plaintiffs Can Be Granted Pseudonyms Under Specific Circumstances Generally, court proceedings are a matter of public record, and all parties to a case must be named under Rule 10 of the Federal Rules for Civil…

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Can I Sue My Apartment If Someone Caused a Fire?

Apartments can be dangerous places in terms of fire safety. Nearly 400 people living in U.S multifamily buildings are killed in residential fires every year, and over 4,000 more are injured. For people who survive apartment fires, the task of putting a life back together is daunting and massive. It’s normal to have lots of questions, most pressingly questions of finance and liability. A landlord’s responsibility to pay for tenants’ losses seems obvious enough if the fire started with bad wiring or faulty pre-furnished appliances, but what if another tenant caused the fire? The good news is that, if you’re affected by a fire that started in a different unit of your building, you do have a case against your landlord for the damages, regardless…

What Causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Every year in the U.S, accidental carbon monoxide poisoning claims an average of 430 lives and causes 50,000 emergency room visits, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Some experts believe that the true numbers are much higher than those reported, because the flu-like symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are so easy to mistake for other conditions. Many people who suffer permanent neurological damage or develop life-threatening conditions from extended exposure to carbon monoxide may never know what’s happening to them. To protect yourself and your family, it’s important to be able to recognize potential threats. All Carbon-Based Fuels Release Carbon Monoxide When Burned When natural gas, gasoline, propane, kerosene, charcoal, wood, and other carbon-based materials burn, they produce carbon monoxide, often abbreviated as…

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Worker Dies by Electrocution at Atlanta Sand & Supply

An employee of Atlanta Sand & Supply was pronounced dead the morning of July 9th at the Byron location where he worked. A brief investigation of the scene indicated that the worker, James Wallace Dean Jr., had been killed by electrocution, apparently by accident. Of course, just because Dean does not appear to have been murdered does not mean that no one is responsible for his death. Electricity is a well-recognized and serious hazard of most workplaces, and there are many precautions that employers can and must take to keep workers safe from incidents such as this one. Electrocution Deaths Are Preventable According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most electrical accidents happen for one of three reasons: Unsafe work environments Unsafe equipment…

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Midtown Park Apartments May Be Liable for the Deaths of Two Residents in an Out-of-Control Fire

Two men are dead following a fire that engulfed most of Midtown Park Apartments in Columbus on July 31st, just before midnight. The two victims, Donald Lechowicz and Herman McCikens, ages 42 and 65 respectively, were immediate neighbors living in adjoining apartments. Of the building’s 31 units, the fire affected all but one, displacing a further 27 residents and, of course, destroying valuable and priceless personal property. No other tenants were physically hurt, but two firefighters sustained injuries while fighting the blaze. One couple reports that they have been unable to locate their cat, and that other pets have already been found dead in the wreckage. The ignition source has not yet been identified, but an investigation is ongoing. Too Often, the Blame for Fire…

Work Accidents | Product Liability

Fatal Crane Accident in Macon May Be the Result of a Negligent Design

Employees of the Rosson Sign Company were in the process of replacing a Quality Inn sign in West Macon on the morning of July 16th, when an apparent malfunction caused their crane to drop the sign from a significant height. Three of the employees were seriously injured in the impact and taken to a nearby medical center, where one of them was pronounced dead. His name was Johnny Stewart, and he had graduated from high school and begun his work at Rosson a matter of days before the accident. He had received a $500 scholarship to Oconee Fall Line Technical College, where he was expected to study welding. Doctors were able to stabilize the condition of both of his coworkers, though one was listed as…

Factory Floor | Poultry Plant Injury Attorney

Worker Decapitated While Cleaning Machinery in an Alabama Tyson Chicken Plant

In a Tyson chicken plant near the Alabama-Georgia border, a man named Carlos Lynn was killed on March 3rd, 2020. He was 39 years old and employed by a third-party cleaning company under contract with Tyson. While cleaning a piece of plant machinery, Lynn’s head became caught in a “pinch point” — a place where a moving part passes close to a stationary object or other moving part. His cause of death was decapitation. When contacted for comment by the media, Tyson said that the incident was under investigation, emphasized the fact that Lynn was employed by a contractor, and expressed gratitude for “the swift response and assistance of local emergency personnel.” Commendable as a swift emergency response may be, it couldn’t possibly have offered…

Wedding Scenery | Atlanta Injury Attorney

The St. Regis Resort Could Be Liable for Injuries Caused by Its Collapsing Tent

A January wedding at Buckhead’s St. Regis Resort was interrupted when a tent collapsed under heavy winds, sending three guests to the hospital and causing superficial injuries to at least five more. The tent was being used to shelter the patio where the ceremony was taking place. Right after the bride walked down the aisle, the tent gave out under a gust of wind she said felt like a small tornado lifting it off the ground. A tent blowing over might sound like a minor accident, but the supports for patio tents are necessarily heavy-duty and often made of steel, more than substantial enough to cause death at the right velocity. Luckily, none of the guests sustained life-threatening injuries, and those who were hospitalized are…

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MARTA Bus Kills Pedestrian Who Was Using a Legal Crosswalk

In one of the more senseless MARTA accidents yet, a pedestrian has been struck and killed by a bus while crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd at H.E Holmes drive in Atlanta. It was about 1:15 in the afternoon on Sunday, June 7th — in other words, broad daylight, and not during peak commuting hours. The pedestrian died at the scene, and an investigation indicated that the bus had run over the victim. No identifying information has been released, except that the victim was an adult. Criminal charges have been filed against the driver. Deaths Associated with MARTA Buses Are Far Too Common This accident resembles plenty of others, in which the buses that are supposed to make Atlanta greener and more accessible have instead…

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What is the average payout for a head injury?

What is the average payout for a head injury? If you or a loved one has sustained a head injury in a car or truck crash, serious fall or workplace accident, then you are devastated.  Not only are you spending hours with medical specialists, but you’re also facing lost wages, huge medical bills and an uncertain future.  If the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, then the frustration at getting your life back to normal can be even worse. If this has happened to you, then it’s time to talk to the head injury lawyers at The Stoddard Firm.  Your job is healing and getting better.  Let us review accident reports, examine the evidence and build a powerful legal case on your behalf.  You…