The Stoddard Firm Blog

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, wo...

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...

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 ...

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 e...

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. Ferr...

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 surv...

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 wi...

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 mono...

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 th...

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 susta...