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July 2012 Archives

Bobby Abbot, the father of Ariston Waiters, filed a wrongful death suit against Union City and Officer Luther Lewis on Friday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In December, the unarmed Waiters was shot and killed by Lewis. Last week, a Fulton County grand jury decided not to indict Lewis on any criminal charges related to Waiters' death.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of 223,000 strollers produced by Peg Perego, USA Inc., CNN reports.

The recall comes after the heads of two infants became trapped between the tray and the seat of the strollers. One of the infants died as a result. Parents of children who were injured by the defective strollers may want to bring product liability suit against Peg Perego in order to be compensated for the injuries.

Earlier in the month, we reported that Kile Glover, the 11-year-old son of Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Foster, was brain dead after being struck with a personal watercraft driven by Jeffrey Hubbard.

Unfortunately, Glover died from his injuries on Saturday, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Glover’s family may now want to file a wrongful death suit against Hubbard to be compensated for their loss.

A widow who filed a wrongful death suit against the federal government after her husband died in the custody of federal immigration authorities has settled the suit, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In 2009, Roberto Medina-Martinez, a Mexican native, died from a heart condition while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In March, Sara Hernandez-Gonzalez, Medina-Martinez's widow, filed a civil suit against the federal government alleging that the government's negligence led to her husband's death.

The family of a girl who suffered brain injury after being hit with a foul ball at a Braves game is suing the team, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to the lawsuit, the 6-year-old girl and her parents were sitting behind the visitor's dugout at Turner Field when a foul ball struck the girl in the head, fracturing her skull. In their suit, the girl's family claims that the Braves' owner, Liberty Media Corp., failed to provide adequate protection for spectators.

Causing an accident is one of the worst feelings. You may get the sudden urge to just keep driving and watch the whole mess fade away in your rearview mirror. However, that would be a huge mistake.

Under Georgia's motor vehicle code, you have a duty to stop if you're involved in any accident that results in injury or damage to another vehicle. Failure to do so can bring harsh penalties. Below, we've outlined your duties should you find yourself involved in an accident, and the penalties you can receive for failing to stop.

Airplane food can be pretty bad, but most people wouldn't expect it to hurt them. That all changed on Sunday, when sewing needles were found in five sandwiches served aboard Delta flights, reports.

The needle sandwiches were found on flights heading to Minneapolis, Seattle, and Atlanta. One passenger was injured while eating a tainted sandwich. Could the injured individual sue Delta and Gate Gourmet, the company that supplied the sandwiches?

On Wednesday, an 8-year-old boy was killed and his mother injured when debris from a tractor-trailer crashed through the windshield of their SUV, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

David Washington was driving a tractor-trailer on I-20 when parts of his truck's transmission came loose and smashed through the windshield of Jameka Nicole Malone's SUV. Cameron Mcilwain was killed by the debris. Could Cameron's family bring a wrongful death suit against Washington or his employer?

The city of Chattahoochee Hills has settled a lawsuit with a man who claimed that he was wrongfully accused of a brutal 2009 shooting and infant abuse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

On Tuesday, the city council voted to pay 21-year-old Eric Johnson $600,000 to settle the wrongful arrest complaint. In 2009, Johnson was charged with aggravated assault and jailed for 100 days on accusations that he was involved in a home invasion.

On Saturday, a Georgia Tech grad and his parents were killed in a car crash in Sevierville, Tennessee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Ashish Dembla, his parents, and his sister were vacationing in Pigeon Forge when their car was struck by a Ford Ranger that had drifted into their lane. Ashish and his parents, Satpal Dembla and Anjalie Dembla, were killed in the wreck. Ashish's sister, Kanita Dembla, is in critical condition.

Should Kanita and any other surviving family member file a civil suit against Shawn R. Dunlap, the driver of the Ranger?

Singer Usher's stepson has been declared brain dead after an accident on Lake Lanier, CBS News reports.

Kyle Glover, the son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster, and a 15-year-old girl were struck by a personal watercraft driven by 38-year-old Jeffrey Hubbard. According to authorities, charges are pending against Hubbard. Glover's family may want to bring a personal injury suit against Hubbard on top of any criminal charges that are filed.

Fireworks injuries are as American as baseball and apple pie. So it comes as no surprise that on the nation's birthday a whole slew of Georgians were injured while watching or setting off fireworks, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

While most of those injured were professionals, onlookers and amateur enthusiasts sometimes get burned as well. So what happens if you are injured by fireworks? Do you have any legal recourse?

Andrea Sneiderman, Rusty Sneiderman’s widow, has filed new motions in an apparent attempt to dismiss the the wrongful death suit her brother-in-law filed against her, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Rusty Sneiderman, Andrea’s husband, was shot to death in November 2010 by Hemy Neuman, Andrea’s alleged lover. In May, Steven Sneiderman, Rusty’s brother, filed a wrongful death suit against Andrea, claiming that she helped orchestrate the murder. Now, Andrea is reportedly doing some legal maneuvering to avoid the suit.

On Saturday evening, three members of a Lawrenceville family were killed in Miami when a van drove over the sidewalk and hit them, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Police have not yet released the identities of the victims. Raul Herberto Ortega Arias, the driver of the Dodge Caravan, died in the accident. Should the surviving family members file a civil suit against Arias’ estate?