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Can I Sue My Trafficker Even Though He Is in Prison?

The short answer is yes, you can sue a human trafficker, or indeed anyone who has harmed you with their negligent or illegal behavior, while they are incarcerated. There is no law preventing you from doing so, and there’s plenty of precedent for it. In fact, 80 survivors of Nxivm, the sex cult and alleged pyramid scheme that until recently was passing for an elite self-help group, are currently suing founder Keith Raniere for compensation. Their complaints range from sexual coercion to monetary fraud. Raniere has been sentenced to 120 years for a variety of charges relating to Nxivm, sex trafficking included. The suit was filed about six months after the conviction, and neither one cancels out the other. Civil and criminal law work separately…

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MARTA Employees Don’t Feel Safe from Violence at Work

Several MARTA bus drivers reported to Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News last September that they have been feeling unsafe at work, following repeated assaults from passengers. Upon investigation, Channel 2 was able to identify upwards of 20 such violent or threatening altercations over the previous three months, although drivers believe even that figure to be unrealistically low. Incidents ranged from punching and shoving, to spitting (in times of high contagion risk), to sexual exhibitionism. One man, armed with a hammer, even succeeded in hijacking a bus for a short time. He drove off with the bus, leaving the driver and some passengers behind, before later being apprehended. Bus Drivers Say Violence Increased Following COVID-19 Response Drivers say the problem of passenger violence intensified after MARTA…

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The Suspension of Jury Trials Under COVID-19 Has Made It Difficult for Accident Survivors to Cover Expenses

After a seven-month shutdown to protect against COVID-19, Georgia’s courts are just now beginning to reinstitute jury trials, with new social distancing precautions in place. Obviously, no one should have to risk their life or the lives of their family to participate in a trial — their own or someone else’s — but this extended lack of access to the justice system has had disturbing consequences of its own. Specifically, injured individuals who are counting on insurance settlements to cover their expenses have been left unable to pay for medical care, let alone secure the full compensation they will need to return their lives to normal. Claimants Have Less Leverage, Leaving Them More Vulnerable to Lowball Offers Insurance companies know that most of their claimants…

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Can I Sue for a Concussion?

There’s nothing more frightening than a car crash or dangerous fall that results in a severe concussion.  Not only are there implications for brain injury, but a victim can also suffer from chronic headaches, memory loss, blurry vision and hearing abnormalities.  The brain is a highly calibrated organ, and a swift blow or jarring shake can upset the electrical impulses and blood flow that enable a brain to function properly. If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion due to a fall, work injury or vehicle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.  This is especially true if your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence.  Concussion injuries can mean mounting medical bills, time off work and lost wages.  You shouldn’t…

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Baston-Cook Construction Project Collapses Twice in Two Days, Injuring Workers

A new parking structure in Atlanta, intended to serve the Emory University Hospital Midtown when completed, has partially collapsed twice during construction, leading the city to shut down the project. At least six construction workers were injured over the course of the two collapses. The first incident occurred on September 11th, 2020, when the structure’s 11th floor collapsed onto the 10th, trapping one worker and injuring at least four others. The trapped worker had to be rescued using a crane and treated for a serious leg injury at a local hospital. A commissioner for the Atlanta City Planning Department reported that the site had been inspected and secured, and the deputy fire chief reported that the adjacent streets would likely be closed off while engineers…

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Who Gets the Money in a Wrongful Death Settlement?

If a loved one in your family dies as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation.  Whether caused by a car crash, a workplace accident, a defective product or any other event resulting in a fatal accident, a wrongful death claim is a legal remedy for the loss that you’ve endured.  We know that money can never replace the loved one you’ve lost, but it can help cover medical and burial expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the loss of future earnings. In Georgia, certain family members and/or an accident victim’s estate can bring a wrongful death claim when a victim dies in an accident.  An experienced lawyer can oversee your wrongful death case.  Georgia law distinguishes between…

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How Much Do Construction Accident Lawsuit Settlements Pay Out?

Construction is one of the most dangerous careers in the U.S, with an annual injury toll of nearly 200,000 incidents. Unfortunately, most of these injured workers receive only the bare minimum in compensation and are unaware of their full range of options. Worker’s Comp Law Makes It Difficult for Workers to Sue If you’ve been injured at work and are eligible for worker’s compensation, you usually can’t sue your employer for personal injury. The exception would be if you can prove that your employer injured you on purpose rather than simply through negligence, but in that circumstance, you may have trouble collecting because there is unlikely to be any insurance. You don’t have the option to choose between accepting your benefits or suing your employer…

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Carl Ferrer of Backpage Has Pled Guilty, But What About Lacey and Larkin?

Carl Ferrer, CEO of the infamous adult ad website, Backpage, has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to facilitate prostitution, as well as three counts of money laundering. The money laundering was apparently an attempt to hide the true source of Backpage’s income from banks that would otherwise have refused to handle it. As part of his plea, Ferrer has also agreed to cooperate with the investigation and prosecution of the companies’ two founders, Michael Lacy and James Larkin. Ferrer’s guilty plea came within a week of the FBI’s seizure and shuttering of the company, and its raids of Lacy and Larkin’s homes in Arizona. Both Lacey and Larkin, along with five Backpage employees, are now facing charges of their own for facilitating prostitution….

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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…