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January 2019 Archives

Orangutan in Toledo Zoo injures volunteer

Georgia residents who frequent zoos or work at one know that injuries can result through contact with animals. In December 2018, an intern at a North Carolina zoo was killed by a lion that left its enclosure. On January 26, a Toledo Zoo volunteer was seriously injured when a 14-year-old male orangutan grabbed her hand through a mesh enclosure, detaching her thumb in the process.

Essential safety features for Georgia parking lots and garages

Do you often use public parking? Perhaps your workplace has a nearby parking garage or lot spaces reserved for you and your co-workers. Maybe the housing development or apartment complex in which you live includes parking facilities. While available parking space is often a perk and welcome convenience, it can also be a source of great danger.

Who is to blame for an accident in the parking lot?

When you are hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you could find yourself facing medical bills, physical injuries and other complications that can have a long-term effect. As a victim, you may understand that you have the right to seek compensation through a civil claim. You may not know what your options are, however, if your accident took place in a parking lot. 

Statute of limitations critical in wrongful death actions

People who have lost loved ones in Georgia due to the negligence of another should be aware that they have a limited time to file a wrongful death action. The time period in which a plaintiff may file a lawsuit is called the statute of limitations. This time period varies depending on the state in which the action is filed. In some jurisdictions, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death action may be as short as one year.

Banks may be liable to victims of ATM robberies

Willie Sutton, the notorious bank robber, is famous, although perhaps incorrectly so, for having responded to the question of why he robbed banks with the line, 'Because that's where the money is." Similarly, many crimes are committed at or near the vicinity of ATMs located on the exterior of banks. If the ATM itself is hacked or a customer is assaulted, those are crimes for Georgia law enforcement agencies to deal with. But there may be another legal course of action for the customer to pursue.

Heart attack after ride leads to theme park lawsuit

The family of a man who died at a theme park has filed a lawsuit seeking damages for wrongful death. Among the issues raised in the lawsuit is whether the park had a duty to put up warning signs in Spanish. People who have been injured due to the negligence of others in Georgia might be interested in the details of the case, which raises issues related to personal injury and premises liability.

Hewitt re-elected to National CVAC board

Melvin L. Hewitt, Jr. re-elected to the board of directors of the National Center for Victims of Crime headquartered in Washington, D.C. and elected as Treasurer. Hewitt remains an active member of the National Crime Victim's bar association. 

Zoo intern killed by escaped lion

Zoos in Georgia or anywhere in the U.S. are meant to be safe places where visitors can see and learn about wildlife. However, accidents can happen. On Dec. 28, a 22-year-old intern lost her life after a lion escaped a locked area at a North Carolina zoo while she was routinely cleaning the animal enclosure. The 22-year-old was a recent graduate of Indiana University working at the zoo in order to develop her career in animal care. She had been employed there for around two weeks at the time of the incident.

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