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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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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…

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 monoxide may never know what’s happening to them. To protect yourself and your family, it’s important to be able to recognize potential threats. All Carbon-Based Fuels Release Carbon Monoxide When Burned When natural gas, gasoline, propane, kerosene, charcoal, wood, and other carbon-based materials burn, they produce carbon monoxide, often abbreviated as…

Construction Workers

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 that employers can and must take to keep workers safe from incidents such as this one. Electrocution Deaths Are Preventable According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most electrical accidents happen for one of three reasons: Unsafe work environments Unsafe equipment…

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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 sustained injuries while fighting the blaze. One couple reports that they have been unable to locate their cat, and that other pets have already been found dead in the wreckage. The ignition source has not yet been identified, but an investigation is ongoing. Too Often, the Blame for Fire…

Workplace Fatalities Are on the Rise, Even as the Economy Improves

Georgia Poultry Plant Workers Face New Dangers Due to Coronavirus

Right now, while so many are fighting the spread of COVID-19 simply by staying home, others are still expected to risk exposure every day in order to perform in-person jobs that have been deemed essential, including jobs in the food supply line. Although there’s no arguing with the fact that a steady food supply is indeed essential to the U.S’s survival and recovery, many companies are using their “essential” classification as an excuse to disregard safety necessities and common sense, and treat their workers as even more expendable than usual. Poultry workers have always faced serious threats to their lives and wellbeing every time they report to work, but as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, Georgia poultry plant employees have particular reason to be afraid….

Person on a Gurney | Average Payout for a Head Injury

Can You Sue a Hospital for Wrongful Death?

Families are horrified when a loved one goes into the hospital for surgery or illness but never comes out and instead dies in the hospital. Matters are made even worse if you suspect the hospital was negligent or careless and caused the death. If your family is asking itself, “Can you sue a hospital for wrongful death?” – the answer is “yes.” A wrongful death case is a lawsuit brought by the surviving spouse or family of a person who died as the result of negligence. A family member suing for medical malpractice can name individual doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, aides or other healthcare professionals employed by the hospital. The hospital itself can also be named as a defendant. If you believe your loved one died in a hospital because of the hospital’s negligence, contact an…

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Bright from the Start Is Not Enough to Protect Georgia’s Children from Daycare Negligence

Ever since 2004, Bright from the Start has been the agency in charge of quality control for Georgia’s daycare and early education facilities. Among its other duties, Bright from the Start is responsible for approving licenses for Georgia’s daycare centers. Unfortunately, while the agency provides valuable support at times, it falls far short of guaranteeing Georgia’s children a safe environment, let alone a nurturing one. Finding Quality Child Care in Georgia Has Always Been Difficult For the average Georgia family, child care costs more than either housing or college tuition. Yet most of these exorbitant fees go toward care that Bright from the Start itself recognizes as “deficient” and “inadequate.” In 2009, a national study ranked Georgia’s quality of child care 49th out of all…

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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 might strike again. Before the boy’s abduction, the latter suspect had already been charged with false imprisonment in the past, in addition to forgery, robbery, and burglary. Thankfully, both suspects have now been arrested and indicted, relieving the…

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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 any criminal activity. Upon later inspection, police were able to confirm that the ignition had been explosive in nature. While more information is still needed about this particular case, most household explosions are gas-based. Eliminating criminal causes, including arson and drug…