Georgia residents who love going to Disneyland may be interested to learn that on Nov. 16, a woman filed a lawsuit against Disney claiming that a ride left her with injuries to her teeth and jaw. In the lawsuit, the 52-year-old woman blamed the operators for failing to keep the ride safe for visitors.
Georgia residents may have read media reports about a man who was awarded $7.5 million in damages after filing a slip and fall lawsuit against Walmart. The 61-year-old Alabama man sued the big-box retailer on claims of wantonness and negligence after breaking his hip at a Phenix City Walmart store in 2015. After deliberating for approximately two hours, the Russell County Circuit Court jury awarded the man $5 million in punitive damages and $2.5 million in compensatory damages.
Georgia football fans may have heard that the family of a man who fell to his death at Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High is suing the stadium and others for wrongful death damages. The complaint was filed in Denver on Oct. 24, exactly one year after the incident occurred.
Many Georgians are injured in slip-and-fall accidents each year, leading some businesses to try to implement measures to prevent them. A recent study of slip-and-fall accidents found that the flooring type and cleaning methods may cause many of the slip and fall accidents.
Georgians were horrified by the mass murder of 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas by a gunman who was shooting from his casino hotel. As the families of the victims slowly begin to recover, questions may arise about who might hold liability for the incident and the resulting losses of life.
Georgia residents may know the joy of catching a foul ball at a baseball game. However, one man who was hit in the face by a foul ball at a Chicago Cubs game was anything but happy. He sued the team for negligence claiming that there wasn't enough netting to keep him safe. The man lost vision in his left eye after being hit on Aug. 29.
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.