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.
Georgia readers may take an interest in a recent court ruling believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. A bicyclist has been found guilty of felony manslaughter. The cyclist struck and killed a pedestrian in San Francisco in 2012.
Georgia residents who visit county-owned recreational facilities may want to be aware of the legal consequences in case of an accident. The family of a man who died after being ejected from Ralph Wilson Stadium in New York in November 2012 has announced plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Erie County, the owner of the stadium. The man was allegedly drunk, and after authorities allowed him to walk away, he fell into a nearby creek and drowned.
Georgia property owners should focus on keeping their property safe. Discovery Communications is the focus of a wrongful death lawsuit after a woman died in an accident during filming. The woman was reportedly killed during a television shoot. The filming was being conducted for a television pilot for a 2011 television show called "Brother in Arms" that was not aired. When the opening scene was being filmed, a rocket malfunctioned and struck the woman. The opening scene was intended to show five people walking through a cloud of smoke.
Georgia residents may have heard that a recent building collapse has caused the deaths of six individuals in Philadelphia. One man and five women were reportedly killed after the building collapsed next to a thrift store on June 5. The building was being demolished by a construction crew. The project was properly permitted by officials, but questions have arisen as to how closely the project was being monitored.
After a fatal car crash in Jonesboro, Mookie Blaylock, a former NBA star, has been charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane. Blaylock may also be facing charges of wrongful death depending on the results of the police investigation which still continues.
Two back-to-back bicycle crashes in Georgia have prompted state officials to begin investigating ways to lower the incident of bicycle-related injuries and fatalities. The most recent wrongful death occurred when a 34-year-old man was riding his bicycle on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta. Authorities report that the man had only a small reflector and an orange vest wrapped around the top bar which was not enough to make him visible to cars approaching from the rear. The area in which the victim was killed also lacks street lights, sidewalks and bike lanes.
A recent report from the AFL-CIO reports that more than 150 people a day die from work-related illnesses or injuries. While overall workplace safety in Atlanta has steadily improved since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed, the fact is that nearly 137 people a day die from diseases related to work, and another 13 are lost through workplace accidents or injuries. While the fishing and logging industries have the highest wrongful death rates, workers in public sector jobs like nursing and fire safety are the most likely to have non-fatal injuries and serious illnesses.
A judge in Glynn County handed down a sizable award on April 8 to the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice claim. The widow of a man who died from a drug overdose after a Brunswick pain clinic treated him received the $30-million award in the wrongful death suit, and an additional $5,570 was awarded to the decedent's estate to cover funeral expenses and as compensation for his pain and suffering. According to the lawsuit, the 52-year-old man went to the clinic in 2011 when he was experiencing chronic pain and respiratory problems. He died six days after the visit, when he was found in his home. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's autopsy attributed his death to an adverse reaction due to a variety of incompatible drugs in his system. The man reportedly had an extensive medical history that included problems breathing, emphysema, asthma, chronic back pain, a nervous disorder, high blood pressure, degenerative disc disease and a heart condition. Despite the long history, the doctor at the clinic only examined the man for a short period of time before prescribing him with 270 tablets of Roxicodone and 90 doses of Xanax, according to the claim. The lawsuit further claimed that the doctor excessively prescribed drugs that had no legitimate function for the treatment of chronic back pain and that the clinic was negligent because it allowed the physicians to see so many patients a day that it could not accurately evaluate patients. One prescribing physician allegedly saw 63 patients in one day.
The family of a teenage girl who went into a routine dental surgery but died days later has received some degree of compensation through a settlement agreement, according to court documents. The girl was a 17-year-old junior in high school who sustained a brain injury after she was deprived of oxygen during the medical procedure in March 2011. The family filed a wrongful death suit a few months later. Atlanta families who sustain a similar tragedy may consider bringing forth similar suits.Although the wisdom teeth surgery was a routine procedure, something went terribly wrong. After the surgery, she was in a coma for 10 days until she died. The autopsy report indicated that the cause of death was due to oxygen deprivation that occurred during the surgery. The report also indicated that she was a healthy teenager with "no significant medical history."