Category: Catastrophic Injury

Negligent Property Owners May Share Liability for the Rape of a 12-Year-Old Atlanta Boy

On a winter day in early 2018, a boy was snatched off of Beaufort Highway in Atlanta and dragged into a nearby apartment, where two men took turns raping him. Nobody in the building noticed or responded to the abduction until the boy managed to escape from the unit where he was being held and ran to the complex’s leasing office for help. One of the two suspected perpetrators was apprehended immediately, while the other spent a week eluding capture, leading law enforcement to worry that he mi...

Mobile Home Combusts in Meriwether County, Killing One

On a Sunday evening in September of 2019, a mobile home in unincorporated Greenville burst into flames. The fire had consumed the entire structure by the time firefighters arrived to rescue the two residents inside. One of those residents, a 64-year-old woman, died in the hospital from her injuries. The other was last reported to be in critical condition. Police are still investigating the exact cause of the blaze, but officers on the scene stated that it did not appear to be connected with ...

Worker Injured in Adhesive Factory Chemical Explosion

The blaze that overtook a DHM adhesives factory in Calhoun last September has left at least one worker injured. Though little information has been released about the worker, the injuries seem to have been burn-related and non-life-threatening, yet serious enough to require immediate treatment at a local hospital. Nine other workers were in the building at the time but apparently escaped unscathed. An investigation into the source of the fire points to a chemical explosion caused by an equipm...

It Took Only Seconds for a Toddler to Slip into Hartsfield-Jackson’s Luggage Chute

If you ever traveled by air when you were a child, you probably remember entertaining at least a thought or two about the system of chutes and belts that carry luggage from place to place at the airport. You might have been afraid of getting swept away by those conveyor belts, or wondered where you’d end up if you tagged along for the ride. Well, this July at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one 2-year-old did more than wonder. In the moments while his mother was printing her boardi...

Was Tugalo Gas Responsible for a Fatal Explosion in White County?

When Edgar Brummett stopped by his daughter’s house to check on a heating system that had been acting up, he was greeted by a propane explosion powerful enough to level the house and damage seven others, knocking some of them off their foundations. It was the last thing the 71-year-old family man would ever see. Neighbors who came to offer aid reported finding nothing where the house once stood but debris and the remains of the propane tank. The blast could be felt from as far as 30 miles aw...

Semi-Trailer Fatally Collides with a Parked Fire Engine in Douglas County

In the early hours of the morning on September 22nd, a semi-trailer struck a parked fire engine in the right lane of the I-20 in Douglas County. The driver of the semi was killed on impact, while the two firefighters inside the fire engine escaped unharmed, likely because they were still wearing their seatbelts, according to local officials. At the time of the accident, the fire engine was blocking off the right lane to protect emergency responders who were attempting to rescue a driver from...

Another Fourth of July, Another Flood of Fireworks Injuries

When the sun sets on July Fourth, it’s always a safe bet that emergency rooms will soon be inundated with patients suffering from burns, eye injuries, and concussive trauma. This year, one hospital in Augusta treated 30 separate fireworks injuries, accounting for more than two-thirds of their patient arrivals for the day. Summer may be behind us now, but for many of those who were involved in fireworks-related accidents on the Fourth of July, the results will last a lifetime. One 18-year-old...

Bicyclists Have the Right to Use Atlanta Roads without Fearing for Their Lives

Bicycles are a healthy, economical, environmentally friendly way of getting around over short distances. They also reduce the number of cars in use at any given time, which can help relieve congestion on well-designed roads. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s roads are far from well-designed in many places, which has led to social conflicts and deadly collisions between motorists and cyclists. Accidents Involving Bicycles Have Risen Drastically A study by the Atlanta Regional Commission, spanning the y...

The Fatal Crash of a Van Carrying Adults with Special Needs Is Under Investigation

Two people were killed and seven more injured when an InCommunity van crashed into a tractor-trailer that was stopped in a left turn lane on July 15th, 2019. InCommunity is an organization that supports adults with special needs, and the van was taking program participants with intellectual and physical disabilities home at the end of the day. The two fatalities included the driver of the van and one passenger. Six more passengers and the driver of the tractor-trailer were treated for injuri...

Lyft’s Responsibility-Dodging Business Model Puts Users at Risk

Ridesharing apps, particularly the major players, Uber and Lyft, have made huge changes in recent years to how people get around, and how others earn a living. While passengers enjoy the convenience of affordable, on-demand drivers, and drivers enjoy the freedom of making their own schedules, this new approach to transportation has so far fallen short in other ways, including safety. Because rideshare drivers are contractors and not employees, they receive none of the training and little of ...