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Business find AED laws and regulations confusing

Portable defibrillators have been proven to save the lives of many individuals in Georgia and across the nation who have experienced cardiac arrest. They are supposed to be easy enough for most people to use; however, states disagree with each other as to how these devices should be treated under the law. Laws regarding automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, vary between states. Crossing state lines changes the rules regarding these devices, including location, obligation and liability protection. Some individuals are concerned that not having an AED on the property may make them vulnerable to premises liability.

Georgia not alone in limiting commercial host liability

A new study reports that many U.S. states, including Georgia, have enacted laws to shield retailers from commercial host liability. As premises liability holds property owners responsible for damages suffered on dangerous property, commercial host liability holds alcohol retailers liable for damages suffered because the retailer sold alcohol illegally. Instances of illegal alcohol sales include selling to minors or to patrons who are already intoxicated.


On August 12, 2013, Melvin L. Hewitt was re-appointed to serve as President of Georgia's Crime Victim Advocacy Council (CVAC) for a second term.  CVAC is a non-profit organization organized in 1989 under the guidance of an urban ministry program of the United Methodist Church, to respond to the unmet needs of crime victims in our society.  While CVAC is a Christian-based organization, it is non-denominational in its membership and support and responds to crime victims regardless of the victim's age, race, sex, national origin or religious beliefs.

Man dies from fall at Turner Field

It is still unclear what caused a man to fall 65 feet to his death at Turner Field during a recent game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. Police investigating the death said that he was alone before his fall from the upper level of the stadium. The investigation may help the family determine if they wish to pursue a wrongful death case.

17 Story balcony fall results in woman's death

Georgia residents living in multi-level apartment complexes may want to take note of a deadly fall that occurred in New York. The premises liability incident involved a 35-year-old woman who fell from the 17th floor of a building after sitting on the balcony railing. The collapse of the railing triggered her backwards fall, and she landed on construction scaffolding on the first floor. She was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene.

Lawsuit in elevator fatality ends with settlement

Georgia readers might take an interest in the following story of a settlement reached in the wrongful death case of a Texas woman who fell down an elevator shaft. The attorney for the woman's family announced on July 30 that the settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit had been reached. The claim was filed against the elevator company and the parent company of the hotel where the accident occurred.

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