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May 2012 Archives

On Friday, a woman filed a lawsuit against the city of Altanta, Atlanta police officers, and several other defendants after spending 53 days in jail on a false arrest, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Teresa Ann Culpepper called the police to report that her car had been stolen. Instead of providing assistance, the police cuffed Culpepper on aggravated assault charges. However, the charges were for another woman named Teresa.

Last week, a U.S. District Judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Murray County School District by the parents of a boy who committed suicide in 2009 after being bullied in school, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

David and Tina Long’s lawsuit contended that the school district was deliberately indifferent to the bullying their son Tyler Long suffered. U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy thought otherwise, writing that the school district was not indifferent, rather its means of combating the harassment were ineffective.

Last week, the brother of Rusty Sneiderman filed a wrongful death suit against his sister-in-law, claiming that she planned to have her husband killed last year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Steve Sneiderman’s suit alleges that Andrea Sneiderman had been having an affair with Hemy Neuman, the man convicted of the crime. The suit contends that the two planned the murder together. Neuman is also named in the suit.

On Wednesday, the city of Atlanta agreed to pay a $3 million settlement to a blind man who was injured when he tripped on a broken sidewalk, Fox News reports.

Alex Jenkins’s slip and fall suit alleged that the city’s Department of Public Works was negligent in failing to repair the sidewalk. Jenkins had reportedly been complaining to the city about the sidewalk for years.

Memorial Day is one of the most dangerous days to get behind the wheel. With many people off from work and imbibing, the roads can get pretty hairy.

If you do find yourself injured in an accident this weekend, there are a few things you should do. Below, we've included some steps that will help you build your personal injury case after being injured in a car accident.

Early Sunday morning, police arrested a 30-year-old woman for allegedly running over her boyfriend during an argument, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Sharees Dennard has been charged with murder and aggravated assault in the death of 31-year-old Dwight Francis. On top of the criminal charges, the family of Francis may wish to bring a civil suit Dennard for the incident.

Haleigh Davis Fine Facing Charges for Fatal Accident

In our DUI news blog, we brought you the story of Haleigh Davis Fine, who has taken responsibility for a fatal crash in April, resulting the death of Edward Kilvin. This story was reported on Channel 2 News.

While the driver now faces charges of second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to maintain lane, the driver might face more legal troubles due to the accident. Criminal law isn't the only thing to think about when one gets into a car accident.

And when the accident results in death and a criminal jury finds the party guilty, we're looking at personal injury lawsuits, specifically for wrongful death.

Charles Bannister Sues Gwinnett County Sheriff for Wrongful Arrest

We’ve discussed police misconduct several times on this blog. While cases against police officers who exercise unreasonable force might be actionable, so are cases that involve wrongful arrest.

Former Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister filed a federal lawsuit against the local sheriff, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Aimee Copeland's Accident Serves as Reminder This Boating Season

You might not think that the flesh eating bacteria is an appropriate topic for a blog on personal injury law but interestingly, did you know that the flesh-eating disease in the recent case of Aimee Copeland came about because of an accident?

With boating season starting in Atlanta, people should be aware that the flesh-eating disease, also known as necrotizing fasciitis, can be contracted near lakes.

Father of Cheyenne Sauls Arrested for Witness Tampering

If you find yourself caught in a civil lawsuit, don't try to bribe a witness into giving fake testimony. That's a crime.

Apparently, Eric Sauls didn't get that memo. He was charged by Douglas County deputies for attempting to influence a witness and trying to convince a witness to commit perjury. He offered a witness a sum of money to provide false testimony, officers say.

DeKalb Officer Investigated After Kicking Pregnant Woman Raven Dozier

We talked in a separate blog post about police misconduct and what to do if an officer causes injury.

An officer from DeKalb is being criminally investigated for allegedly kicking a pregnant woman in the stomach. Raven Dozier alleges that Officer Jerad Wheeler kicked her in the stomach as Wheeler was arguing with Dozier's brother, reports WSBTV. Prior to the kick, Dozier claimed that she started crying and questioning officers while they used a Taser on her brother.

Neighbors Rescue in Fire: What is Georgia Good Samaritan Law?

Neighbors came to the rescue in Clayton County over the weekend, in a neighborhood fire. According to Fox 5 News, a father and his 28-year old daughter were pulled from a burning home on Dalmatia Drive in Riverdale.

Neighbors responded after hearing a loud alarm around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Fingers Point at Driver Dejon Wideman in Johlanda Lindsey's Death

A teenage driver has been charged in the death of Johlanda Lindsey, reports CBS Atlanta. Johlanda, a student at Meadowcreek High School, was killed in a car crash following a post-prom party last weekend in Gwinnett County.

At the time, police determined that alcohol was not involved, but that speed may have been a cause of the accident.

Student Alex Boston Sues Classmates For Fake Facebook Page

Schools aren't stepping up in cyberbullying cases. So recently, a student in Acworth, Georgia, took matters into her own hands.

Alex Boston, a fourteen-year-old, decided to sue two of her classmates for creating a Facebook page in her name, while school officials did nothing, reports ABC News.

Cops Shoot Suspect: What to do When Cops Cause Injury?

What happens when police are responsible for a shooting injury? Can the injured person bring a lawsuit against the police?

Over the weekend, police reportedly shot and injured a man during a high-speed chase. Police in Clayton County shot a carjacking suspect on Saturday afternoon, reports Fox Atlanta.