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June 2017 Archives

Can a bar be held responsible for an alcohol-related crash?

At any given time, you may share Georgia's roads with a driver who got behind the wheel after drinking. In fact, you may shudder to think of just how many times you managed to avoid becoming involved in a serious -- yet preventable -- accident with a drunk driver. Then, the unthinkable happened.

18-year-old girl dies from brain-eating amoeba

Georgia residents who enjoy cooling off at water parks or water-based outdoor recreational parks may be interested to learn that a family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against one such establishment following the death of their 18-year-old daughter. According to the lawsuit, the woman became infected with the Naegleria fowleri amoeba after visiting a North Carolina outdoor recreational park in June 2016.

Slip and fall accidents may cause ankle injuries

Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injury to any part of the body. Ankle injuries, including sprains and strains, fractures and tendon or ligament tears, are among the most common. Georgia residents who have been in one on another party's property may want to learn more about the ways in which an ankle injury may manifest following an accident.

High liability risks the norm for amusement park rides

Although accidents on Georgia amusement park rides are rare, they tend to place high levels of financial responsibility upon the manufacturers and ride operators when they do occur. For example, the terrible death of a 10-year-old boy decapitated in a 2016 water ride accident produced a civil settlement with the park owners, operators and raft manufacturer that was suspected to approach $20 million.

Court awards amputee $95.6 million

Georgia residents may have read about a trial in a Philadelphia that resulted in an arbitrator's decision to award $95.6 million to a woman who lost her legs in a 2013 building collapse. Her award was the largest amount from the $227 million settlement, which is to be distributed among the 12 others who were injured and the families of seven victims who lost their lives in the incident.

Party planning includes premises liability considerations

A slip and fall, unruly guest or drunk driver could turn a party in Georgia into a legal nightmare The law imposes certain levels of responsibility on people hosting events, and the vice president of Insurance for AAA Club Alliance said that party planners sometimes overlook the potential liabilities if something goes wrong.

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