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June 2012 Archives

A woman is suing Grady Memorial Hospital, claiming that she was sexually assaulted by a mental patient while being treated at the hospital, Courthouse News Service reports.

According to the complaint, Jovan Lewis awoke from heavy sedation to find a psychiatric patient sexually assaulting her in her hospital room. Lewis is claiming that Grady was negligent in failing to adequately monitor and protect her while she was a patient at the hospital.

On Tuesday, a 5-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Atlanta, CBS News reports.

Ja’Leah Felix was visiting her father in Atlanta when she was killed. Fulton County police are still searching for the person responsible for the accident. Once apprehended, the driver will likely face vehicular homicide charges. Should Felix’s family bring a civil suit against the driver as well?

On Tuesday, a woman filed a lawsuit against Clayton County over the death of her baby who was born prematurely while the woman was incarcerated, WSBTV reports.

Deshawn Balka gave birth to a baby boy while in her jail cell. According to the wrongful death suit, it took jail employees three hours to respond to Balka's calls for help. By the time they showed up, the baby was dead, the suit says.

City officials have vowed to spend millions of dollars to fix Atlanta's ragged, unrepaired sidewalks, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Atlanta residents have long voiced their concern about the sorry state of the city's sidewalks. The crumbling sidewalks have led to countless "slip and fall" lawsuits that have cost the city millions of dollars in legal fees and settlements.

On Tuesday, police arrested a man who allegedly caused a boating accident while driving drunk that left two boys dead, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to authorities, 9-year-old Jake Prince was killed in the Lake Lanier crash. His 13-year-old brother Griffin Prince hasn't been seen since the accident and is likely dead. Paul J. Bennett has been charged with BUI for the incident, and may also face homicide charges. Should the boys' family bring a civil suit against Bennett in addition to the criminal charges?

The city is facing a lawsuit filed by a man who claims that Atlanta police officers violated his constitutional rights by conducting an illegal strip search on him, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In March, the city of Atlanta agreed to spend around $1 million to settle several lawsuits brought by individuals who claimed to be the victims of illegal roadside strip searches. Ricky Sampson’s lawsuit is the next in line.

Wednesday is the first day of summer, but temperatures have already started to skyrocket in the state. Georgia's lakes and rivers offer a great, free way to cool off in the hot summer months.

However, the murky, deep water can make swimming in a lake or river dangerous at times. Below, we've included a few tips to help you stay safe while cooling off in Georgia's lakes and rivers.

In May, Steve Sneiderman, the brother of man who was murdered last year, filed a wrongful death suit against his sister-in-law, Andrea Sneiderman, claiming she helped orchestrate her husband’s murder. Now, Andrea Sneiderman has filed her own civil suits in connection with her husband’s murder, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

On Monday, Andrea filed a defamation suit against Steve for publicly stating that she helped kill her husband, Rusty Sneiderman. She also filed a wrongful death suit against Hemy Neuman, the man convicted of killing Rusty Sneiderman.

With debit and credit cards freely available, it seems like the days of writing checks are coming to an end. One East Point councilman was so incensed by this shift in payment options that he assaulted a locksmith who refused to accept a check, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

On June 8, East Point City Councilman Alexander Gothard was charged with battery after allegedly attacking locksmith Sabtay Sana after Sana insisted on being paid by cash or credit card. While the criminal charges will penalize Gothard for his alleged acts, a civil suit could help compensate Sana for any injuries he sustained in the attack.

Should Sana file a personal injury suit against Gothard?

Craigslist may be a great place to find a missed connection, but it's not always the most reliable source for goods and services. A Lawrenceville woman is learning that lesson the hard way after a dog trainer she found on Craigslist lost her dog, WSBTV reports.

Elizabeth Ingram said that she handed her pit bull, Stella, over to Brooke Brovich after she saw Brovich's ad for dog training services on Craigslist. A few days after the Ingram dropped Stella off, however, Brovich reportedly lost the dog. If Stella doesn't turn up, could Ingram file a civil suit against Brovich?

On Sunday afternoon, two 5-year-old girls drowned in a Paulding County swimming pool, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Eduardo Juarez, the father of one of the girls, says that a nanny working in his home is "100 percent responsible" for the deaths of Sophia Juarez and Mia Penoyer, the nanny's granddaughter. Should Juarez file a wrongful death suit against the nanny for the incident?

A Fayetteville Walmart employee is recovering after being attacked by a police dog outside of the store, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

On Thursday, 52-year-old Mang Dieke was on his coffee break outside of a Fayetteville Walmart when he was attacked by a Belgian Malinois police dog. Dieke suffered multiple injuries in the attack. Should he sue the county?

On Thursday, lawyers for former NFL players filed a "master complaint" against the NFL, claiming that the NFL ignored and concealed information linking football-related head trauma to permanent brain damage, The Associated Press reports.

The complaint consolidates over 80 pending lawsuits filed by former players against the league. Mary Ann Easterling, the widow of former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, is among the plaintiffs. Easterling committed suicide in April, allegedly as a result of depression brought on by concussions he experienced during his time in the NFL.

On Monday, an East Point firefighter was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle in northwest Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to police, firefighter Carl Blake was traveling north on Jones Road when he reportedly lost control of his Suzuki GSRX motorcycle. Blake was killed in the ensuing crash.

Parents have filed two lawsuits against a Cobb County church, alleging that their sons were molested by a church volunteer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to the suits, 25-year-old Cesar Arlone Pastrana molested boys at a NorthStar Church lock-in and at his Kennesaw home. Pastrana is currently being held without bond on criminal charges stemming from the alleged incidents.

Threesomes can not only get you in trouble with your significant other, they can kill you as well. On Tuesday, the family of a Lawrenceville man who died during a threesome was awarded $3 million dollars in a medical malpractice suit brought against the man's physician, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

William Martinez died in 2009 when his heart gave out during a threesome with a friend and a woman who was not his wife. The medical malpractice suit contended that Martinez's cardiologist, Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani, was aware that the man had high blood pressure and was at risk of having clogged arteries but failed to instruct him to avoid strenuous activity.