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Human Trafficking Victims Are Entitled to Compensation for Their Suffering and Unpaid Labor

Though it often goes unrecognized, human trafficking for the purpose of forced labor absolutely does happen in the U.S. In 2020 alone, the Department of Justice opened 663 investigations into suspected human trafficking activity, and for every confirmed case, there are likely many more yet to be discovered. Human trafficking is the use of lies, threats, violence, or other forms of coercion to force a person to work against their will or under unacceptable conditions. The coercion process o...

Can I sue for wrongful death in a construction site fall?

Being a construction site worker has its inherent dangers, whether that be falling from a roof, getting injured by a power tool, or being hit by falling debris. In the worst accidents, workers can die. If you’re asking, “can I sue for wrongful death in a construction site fall?”, the answer is almost always “yes.” Of the 5,333 employees in the U.S. who died on the job in 2019, roughly 1 in 5 were construction workers, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Healt...

Bizarre Accidental Deaths

Common or Uncommon: Freak Accidental Deaths? Strangely enough, bizarre accidental deaths happen quite frequently, and the victims' families are often entitled to significant wrongful death settlements. We all know that death is an unavoidable reality. And while some people are fortunate and live long, healthy, and fulfilling lives, others are struck by illness or fall victim to common yet unfortunate accidents. Still others still experience the weirdest accidental deaths, many caused by the...

Safety Should Be Every Airplane Designer and Mechanic’s Top Priority

Most people know, at least in theory, that passenger airplanes are the safest way to travel. Outside of this often-quoted statistic, however, aviation still has a reputation as an incurably dangerous pursuit. It’s true that operating any aircraft requires a great deal of skill and training. The dangers should not be taken lightly, and no one should ever take the controls while impaired or underqualified in anyway. Unfortunately, overestimating the inherent danger of flying can also harm pl...

Just Like Drivers, Boat Operators Have a Duty Not to Endanger Others

Boating is rarely approached with the full caution and respect it deserves. Whereas most land vehicles carry associations with work and chores, boats are more likely to play a recreational role in the lives of the people who use them. Many people also overestimate the power of water to absorb shock and act as a safety net. These factors can combine to foster a dangerous carelessness during boat use. Even people who would never consider driving a car while impaired or distracted often feel ...

Forklift Manufacturers May Share Fault in Forklift-Related Accidents

As small, slow-moving, and harmless as they look, forklifts contribute to an estimated 34,900 serious injuries and 85 deaths in the U.S every year. The danger of working with or around forklifts is well understood, so there’s never a good reason for a lack of thorough safety measures. Prevention efforts and after-the-fact investigations of forklift accidents often place too much emphasis on the actions of forklift operators. The work of these operators is almost always strictly controlled ...

Apartment Landlords Can Be Sued for Gun Violence Against Children

Atlanta’s children live with the constant threat of gun violence, and many will never get the chance to grow up because of it. Dozens of people aged 18 and younger were killed in shootings in Metropolitan Atlanta this past year alone. The danger isn’t limited to mass shootings at school or in public places. In fact, most of these deaths from 2021 occurred individually or in small groups, nearly half of them in or near homes. As grieving and worried parents know all too well, low-income ...

MARTA Vehicles Should Not Pose a Public Safety Hazard

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, is supposed to provide an affordable, accessible, and eco-friendly way to get around Atlanta quickly. In some ways, it succeeds in this goal. However, it still has a long way to go in terms of keeping travelers and bystanders safe, and Atlanta residents and visitors shouldn’t have to wait any longer. Regardless of the nobility of MARTA’s purpose, this transportation system has the same duty as any person or organization that opera...

Accidental Discharge, Injuries, as Sig Sauer Refuses to Recall Its P320 Handgun

Defective Guns: A Real Concern The Result Can Be Catastrophic When you purchase any product, you expect that it will operate appropriately and that the manufacturer has taken every possible precaution to prevent injury from its use. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes defects in products are not identified in the production or testing phases and are first discovered when an accident occurs. Injuries caused by improperly functioning products can be significant. However,...

Georgia Residents Living in Portable Housing Deserve Better Fire Protection

Every year, more than a hundred people die of injuries sustained in fires in Georgia. Our fire death rate is about 30% higher than the national average, and people living in rural areas and portable housing units face even higher risks. While residential fires are often divided into intentional and unintentional categories, it’s important to recognize that even unintentional fires are often the result of negligence, and valid grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Seeking justice for a l...