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April 2013 Archives

Widow awarded $30 million in wrongful death suit

A judge in Glynn County handed down a sizable award on April 8 to the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice claim. The widow of a man who died from a drug overdose after a Brunswick pain clinic treated him received the $30-million award in the wrongful death suit, and an additional $5,570 was awarded to the decedent's estate to cover funeral expenses and as compensation for his pain and suffering. According to the lawsuit, the 52-year-old man went to the clinic in 2011 when he was experiencing chronic pain and respiratory problems. He died six days after the visit, when he was found in his home. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's autopsy attributed his death to an adverse reaction due to a variety of incompatible drugs in his system. The man reportedly had an extensive medical history that included problems breathing, emphysema, asthma, chronic back pain, a nervous disorder, high blood pressure, degenerative disc disease and a heart condition. Despite the long history, the doctor at the clinic only examined the man for a short period of time before prescribing him with 270 tablets of Roxicodone and 90 doses of Xanax, according to the claim. The lawsuit further claimed that the doctor excessively prescribed drugs that had no legitimate function for the treatment of chronic back pain and that the clinic was negligent because it allowed the physicians to see so many patients a day that it could not accurately evaluate patients. One prescribing physician allegedly saw 63 patients in one day.

Family gets settlement in wrongful death claim

The family of a teenage girl who went into a routine dental surgery but died days later has received some degree of compensation through a settlement agreement, according to court documents. The girl was a 17-year-old junior in high school who sustained a brain injury after she was deprived of oxygen during the medical procedure in March 2011. The family filed a wrongful death suit a few months later. Atlanta families who sustain a similar tragedy may consider bringing forth similar suits.Although the wisdom teeth surgery was a routine procedure, something went terribly wrong. After the surgery, she was in a coma for 10 days until she died. The autopsy report indicated that the cause of death was due to oxygen deprivation that occurred during the surgery. The report also indicated that she was a healthy teenager with "no significant medical history."

National Crime Victims' Rights Week - April 21-27, 2013

REMINDER!  The 23rd Annual Crime Victims' Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030 on Sunday April 21 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  The Service kicks off the beginning of National Crime Victims' Rights Week and is designed to be a healing event for victims and survivors of crime.  During the service names will be read of the murdered loved ones and candles will be lit in their memory.

Star of Alliance Theater's "Zorro" injured during rehearsal

An actor who was performing as the star of the Atlanta-based Alliance Theater's ambitious "Zorro" sustained a burn injury during the cast's March 27 rehearsal that required him to be taken to a nearby hospital. The on-stage rehearsal at the Alliance Theater was reportedly only the second for the cast and the first to employ pyrotechnic components.According to a spokeswoman for Alliance Theater, the accident occurred when the actor got "too close" to the pyrotechnic elements and sustained burns to his hands. An official for the theater remarked that the set is one of the more "elaborate" sets that the theater has built for a play. Injuries, such as the actor's burned hands, that occur on a commercial property may raise questions of premises liability as the individuals overseeing potentially dangerous activities, such as pyrotechnic displays, have an obligation to ensure the safety of those who partake in those activities.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week - April 21-27, 2013

Since 1981, National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the nation to extend its vision of crime victims' rights and services to reach every victim of crime.  Each year, communities across the country celebrate decades of hard-earned progress in securing the rights, resources and  protections that crime victims need to rebuild their lives.

Closing of FAA towers across Georgia could pose safety problems

The Federal Aviation Administration has reported its plan to close a number of airport towers beginning on April 7, 2013, due to automatic federal spending cuts. A total of 149 towers will be closed across the country; five of these towers are in Georgia. These towers are currently located at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, Ben Epps Airport, Gwinnett County Airport at Briscoe Field, Middle Georgia Airport and McCollum Field. These airports are located in Albany, Athens, Lawrenceville, Macon and Kennesaw, respectively. Both the American Association of Airport Executives and the United States Contract Tower Association are concerned with the towers' closing. Representatives from these organizations believe that the closures hamper the safety and effectiveness of air traffic. Without these towers, pilots will be more on their own: They'll lack an extra set of eyes to help ensure safety. 

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