Georgia residents may be interested to learn that as many as 15,000 individuals accidentally ingest caustic materials, causing serious injuries, every year. Some of these accidents occur at restaurants after caustic materials are found in served drinks or even food. In fact, a patron was awarded $750,000 by an Atlantic County jury after he suffered chemical burns to his stomach and esophagus.
On Aug. 14, the murder of a Georgia police officer was highlighted on a television crime show called "Fatal Attraction". The 34-year-old African American officer was shot and killed in her East Point residence by an estranged partner over the Fourth of July weekend in 2013.
Georgia residents that enjoy fairs might have heard a pendulum ride at a state fair in Ohio stopped working correctly, and some riders were flung from the ride. An 18-year-old man was killed in the July 26 accident. Seven other victims were injured in the accident, and three were in critical condition.
Georgia residents may not think much about whether or not their apartment building has a sprinkler system. However, after a July 2017 fire at an apartment building in Honolulu, residents there are demanding that they be installed. The fire left three people dead and caused significant damage to the building, which was built before sprinkler systems were required. It is believed that 300 high-rises in Oahu still do not have sprinkler systems despite efforts to change that.
On July 13, it was reported that the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld the $39 million jury verdict against a builder who was held liable in the death of a 15-year-old boy. The jury's verdict included compensatory and punitive damages that would be paid to the boy's family, others who had been injured in the accident and the county.
In general, a visitor who is injured while on another person's property may be eligible to seek compensation for any damages associated with the accident. This is because Georgia property owners have a duty to protect visitors and others from harm that could be caused by dangerous conditions. However, there are some exceptions to this that could prevent an injured person from seeking compensation.
Trampolines can be a source of enjoyment for children. However, Georgia parents should know that these fun devices can cause injuries serious enough to warrant a visit to an emergency room. According to a study from Indiana University, between the years of 2002 and 2011, approximately 288,876 fractures were caused by the use of trampolines. Over $1 billion worth of emergency room visits resulted from trampoline injuries.
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.
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.
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.