The Stoddard Firm Blog

Family of Main Moon Restaurant Owner May Have Grounds for a Wrongful Death Suit

The city of Tucker, Georgia lost a beloved local figure on May 11th, 2021, when a meat cooker at the Main Moon Chinese restaurant exploded, killing the restaurant’s owner, Mei Ying Chen. Community members reacted to her loss with disbelief, describing her as someone everyone knew, and stating that the restaurant has been a local favorite for over 20 years. No one else was injured, there was no fire, and the building did not sustain severe structural damage, although neighboring bu...

A Manufacturer May Be Liable for the Boat Explosion on Lake Lanier

During a Mother’s Day trip to Lake Lanier, the Coleman family’s boat exploded and went up in flames. Their dog was killed, and teenage brother and sister Gunner and Taylor had to be airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, along with one adult bystander. Parents Steve and Annie and youngest brother Ryder were also on the boat and injured in the blast, Annie severely enough to require hospital care as well. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says that the explosion occurre...

How Much Compensation Do You Get for a Burn Injury in Georgia?

To know how much compensation you get for a burn injury in Georgia, it’s crucial to understand the factors that such compensation depends upon. For example, missing work while recovering from a burn injury may cause otherwise hard-working people to fall behind on their mortgage, car payments, and other necessary living expenses. And the high cost of medical treatment and care seems to only add to the stress of the scars, pain, and suffering. That’s why good people who suffer an injur...

Another Possible Gas Explosion in a Georgia Home Has Killed Two People

A couple in their 70’s living in Union County near Blairsville were killed in early May when their home exploded. They have since been identified as Peggy Wood and Ralph Norris Wood Jr. Mourning neighbors, some of them left with damage to their own homes as well, describe the Woods’ house as completely leveled. Because of the extent of the damage, the investigation into the cause of the explosion may take weeks, but officials say they are checking into the home’s gas tank...

Victims of Underage Pornography on Reddit May Now Be Able to Sue the Site and Win

An anonymous young woman has recently filed a potentially ground-breaking lawsuit against the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet,” Reddit. In her claim, she states that her ex-boyfriend has repeatedly posted images and videos of her engaged in sexual acts, taken when she was 16 and without her knowledge or consent, on various subreddits that allegedly encourage such content. She says she repeatedly reported the content to Reddit, which often took several days to respond, ...

Survivors of Atlanta Summer Camp Sexual Assaults Can Sue for Compensation

A suspect is in custody and has been charged with “several felonies,” following multiple accusations of sexual assault at the West End Family Life and Community Center Summer Camp in Atlanta. The suspect is male and in his 50s, but his name has not yet been released. Attendees of the camp range in age from 5-11, and the alleged assaults took place across the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018. All of the children who have come forward so far are under the age of 12, though police ...

What Is the Average Cost of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

There’s nothing more devastating than a traumatic brain injury (TBI), whether it’s caused by a car crash, accidental fall or workplace accident. A TBI can mean months of rehabilitation, memory loss, impaired motor function and disability. There are usually significant medical bills and sometimes a lifetime of diminished earnings. All of this can lead you to ask, “What is the average cost of a traumatic brain injury?” The numbers can be staggering. Exactly how much you’ll pay will be de...

Sex Trafficking Sting at Fayette County Hotels Ends in 21 Arrests, but Many May Be Victims

Over the course of two nights at the end of last month, undercover police officers responded to prostitution advertisements and set up meetings at two hotels in Fayette County, one in Peachtree City and one in Fayetteville, as part of a coordinated human trafficking sting. Of the 21 women and men arrested in the sting, however, only four are suspected of pimping. Of the rest, 16 are being held only on prostitution and drug possession charges, and one on charges of prostitution and identity...

Fatal Crane Accident at the Port of Savannah Might Be Grounds for a Civil Suit

A union longshoreman, 50-year-old Stephen Cobb, was killed in a crane accident at the Port of Savannah on March 26th. He was pronounced dead at the scene at the Garden City terminal in the early morning. Little information has been released about the nature of the accident itself. It involved a rubber-tired gantry crane that was used for moving shipping containers, but it’s not clear whether Cobb was operating the crane or working nearby, whether there was an equipment malfunction, or w...

The Atlanta Massage Parlor Shooting Highlights a Fundamental Failure to Keep Spa Workers Safe

Last month, a man walked into three massage parlors in the Atlanta area and shot and killed a total of eight people, six of them Asian women. The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, has confessed and confirmed that the crime was sexually motivated, calling the women “temptations.” Though Long has been arrested and is currently awaiting trial for the murders, the social attitudes that reportedly motivated his actions remain, continuing to endanger other massage and spa workers. Worki...