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3 people injured after 15-foot fall from Ferris wheel

Georgia amusement park and carnival patrons depend on safety inspections to ensure that rides undergo proper maintenance. An accident at a festival on the West Coast highlights the dangers of malfunctioning rides. According to the police report, something fell off a Ferris wheel that made a grinding noise when a basket flipped and ejected three people.

A representative from the local fire department said that the victims fell at least 15 feet before landing on the metal frame of the ride. Police revealed that two of the victims, a 47-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy, had been released from the hospital after receiving treatment. A spokeswoman from Harborview Medical Center said that the third person, a 59-year-old woman, remained in intensive care but was stable and expected to recover.

Attempted murder-suicide leaves woman dead

A Georgia man accused of killing his wife with a gun before turning the weapon on himself was reportedly charged with murder and other associated offenses on May 9. Authorities said the incident occurred at about 5:40 a.m. at the man's home on Bridge Walk Drive in Lawrenceville the previous day.

Police also stated that the man shot into a bedroom that was occupied by family members before shooting himself. None of the occupants suffered injuries. The man was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was reported to be in critical, but stable, condition.

Who is responsible when you slip in a hotel shower?

You may not think of taking a shower as a hazardous activity. Still, injuries from falls in the bathroom, particularly when getting in and out of a shower or tub, are common occurrences. The materials people choose to make their bathrooms sleek and luxurious are also materials that become slick when wet.

At home, you may take certain precautions to keep from slipping in the bathroom. However, do you find the same precautions when you travel? Is the management or owner of a hotel required to provide those items? Were there any slip-resistant devices in the hotel bathroom when you slipped and fell?

Partial settlement reached in balcony collapse lawsuits

Some Georgia residents may have read about a balcony collapse in California in June 2015 that resulted in the deaths of six students and injured seven others The injured students and the families of those who were killed reached a settlement with seven of the companies sued in connection with the collapse.

The lawsuits, which were filed in Alameda County Superior Court, reported that previous tenants had seen mushrooms growing on the balcony. Although this indicated a problem with moisture entering the structure, the manager of the building did not take any steps to secure the balcony. According to the lawsuits, the balcony was more vulnerable to water damage because of the cheaper materials used by Segue Construction, one of the companies that agreed to the settlement. However, the family members of one of of the students who was killed say they will continue pressing for stronger building codes. The two companies that manage and own the building did not agree to the settlement, so those lawsuits will go forward.

Assaulted in an apartment, fight for compensation

If you are at home in your apartment or visiting a friend or family member, and you are the victim of assault, who is liable for your losses? In Georgia and elsewhere, landlords have a certain responsibility when it comes to keeping tenants and others who enter their property safe. If a landlord fails in his or her responsibility, and someone assaults a tenant or visitor in an apartment under his or her watch, he or she may be legally responsible for any losses experienced by the victim.

What is the role of a landlord when it comes to protecting tenants and visitors? If you are a victim of assault in an apartment, what can you do to seek compensation for any damages you have sustained?

The takeaway from Home Depot murder case

Georgia residents may have heard about the 2012 murder of a pregnant Home Depot employee. While the company said that it shouldn't be liable in a civil lawsuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled against a request to reconsider its prior ruling against the company. This means that it will be remanded to a lower court. The appellate court found that Home Depot was vicariously liable because it failed to discipline an employee who had a record of harassment against female employees.

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Home Depot had an obligation to discipline the man. While the company required him to take anger management classes, it never bothered to check to see if he actually attended them. Furthermore, the man who committed the crime was the victim's manager. This gave him power over her because he could reduce her hours or fire her.

Family sues Jeezy for wrongful death in 2014 shooting

Georgia rap fans may recall the 2014 shooting that happened at a concert that was headlined by Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa in 2014. In the incident, a concert promoter died after he was shot backstage at the concert. The concert promoter's family has filed a lawsuit against Jeezy for wrongful death.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs are alleging that Jeezy was the person who pulled the trigger. They claim that an eyewitness stated that the rapper was the shooter and that the witness selected his picture out of a photo lineup. Jeezy has never been criminally charged for the shooting and has told the media that he had nothing to do with it.

U.S. dog bite claims on the rise

Dog bite claims are on the rise across the United States, according to a report issued by State Farm Insurance. The data was released as part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which ran from April 9 through 15 in Georgia and elsewhere.

The report states that there were over 18,000 dog bite claims filed against homeowners in 2016. That is almost 3,500 more claims than were filed in 2006, which is a spike of nearly 20 percent. Further, insurers are paying around $11,000 more per claim than they were a decade ago. In 2016, dog bite payouts totaled over $600 million. Experts say that the increased payouts are linked to a rise in severe dog bites and attacks over the last several years.

Filing premises liability lawsuits against big box stores

When Georgia shoppers are injured at a big box store, they may not be sure what they need to do in order to seek compensation for their medical bills and other damages. While they may be able to work with a claims representative to recover damages if they suffer an injury that was caused by another customer, a personal injury attorney may need to assist with filing a lawsuit if the person is suing the store.

Following an injury, the big box store may have internal procedures for documenting the injury. This documentation process may include gathering information that details how the injury occurred. A person who suffers a severe injury that requires immediate medical attention should go to the hospital for care prior to dealing with the company.

Don't let your right to recovery slip away after a slip and fall

Did you suffer injuries as the result of a slip and fall? It is possible that this was an accident, but there is a chance that factors beyond your control contributed to what happened to you. Many slip-and-fall incidents are the result of negligent maintenance and safety hazards, yet many victims assume that their injuries are the result of their own clumsiness or inattentiveness.

If you are dealing with the aftermath of a slip-and-fall accident in Atlanta, you may have a valid claim to financial compensation. By taking quick action to secure legal help, you can understand your legal options and build a strong claim to recovery. The injuries often suffered in these types of accidents can be serious and require a lengthy recovery, but you do not have to face the aftermath alone.

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