Some Georgia residents might have heard about a death at a state fair on July 26 when a ride malfunctioned. An 18-year-old man was killed in Ohio and seven other people, including his girlfriend, were injured when a ride called the Fire Ball broke.
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.
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.
Temperatures rarely drop below freezing in Georgia even during the coldest winter months, and residents of the Peach State are often unprepared on the rare occasions when snow does fall and ice forms. Even an inch or two of snow can cause Georgia highways to slow to a crawl, and a thin layer of ice can make walking on the state's sidewalks and driveways extremely treacherous.
Georgia shoppers who have purchased furniture from Ikea may be interested to learn that the company agreed to pay $50 million to several families on Dec. 21. According to the report, the company was sued after three children were killed when Ikea dressers crushed them after tipping over.
In Georgia, news sources report that one civil court case is now closed following the Marshall Square retirement community fire of 2015 but that 14 additional lawsuits remain pending. The parties involved in the property damage lawsuit, which is one of 15 lawsuits that have been filed in connection with the deadly incident, reached a last-minute settlement on Dec. 1. Although few additional details have been released, the settlement was reportedly a "big win" for the plaintiff in this particular case.
Bobby Kristina Brown, the daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died after she was found unresponsive in her Atlanta home last year. On Nov. 17, Brown's family members were awarded $36 million after filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Brown's former boyfriend, Nick Gordon. The monetary award was calculated after the Fulton County court found Gordon 'legally responsible" for Brown's death in September.
When a Georgia resident dies under questionable circumstances, it is not always immediately apparent that the death resulted from negligence. This is important because wrongful death cases have statutes of limitations that apply, and if a statute of limitations expires before a case is filed, the family members may not be able to recover damages.
Georgia residents may have heard about a Halloween hayride in Mississippi that turned deadly. The incident happened during the evening hours of Oct. 31 in a small town roughly 75 miles east of Jackson, Miss.
One aspect of wrongful death cases in Georgia courtrooms is valuing how much income the decedents might have earned over their lifetime if they had lived. Plaintiffs may request certain amounts, and insurance companies may offer much less based on the victim's gender or race. This is an unfortunate part of the legal system that should be addressed.