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August 2012 Archives

Earlier this month, two people were killed when Frampere Ingle drove in the wrong direction on Ga. 400. Ingle was allegedly drunk at the time of the crash.

Beyonica Watts, a passenger in Ingle's car, doesn't blame Ingle for her injuries. Rather, Watts blames the bar where she and Ingle had been drinking, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Under Georgia's dram shop law, bars and restaurants can be held liable for injuries caused by customers who were served too much alcohol in certain circumstances. Could the bar that served Ingle be held accountable for her wrong-way crash?

Synthetic marijuana seems to have taken the place of bath salts as the designer drug of the moment.

In March, 16-year-old Chase Burnett was found dead at his family's Fayette County home after smoking synthetic pot. Now his parents David and Yvette Burnett have filed a wrongful death suit against the product's maker, Omerta Labs, and others who allegedly distributed the product to local stores, Courthouse News Service reports.

Anyone who's ever sleepwalked before knows it can get you into some pretty weird situations. A Coweta County woman reportedly took an herbal sleeping aid that caused her to sleepwalk to a neighbor's house wearing a lot of her jewelry, Channel 2 Action News reports. The stroll landed her in the ER.

Now Tirena Bachelor wants to know where her wedding ring went. Bachelor suspects an EMT stole her $8,490 ring. Could she sue the emergency response company for compensation?

Adam Wingo, a worker at Koswire, was killed when he was caught on a moving wire and pulled into rotating rolls at the company's plant near Gainesville, Ga., in March.

Now the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Koswire, a wire and cable manufacturer, for 19 safety and health violations that may have contributed to Wingo's death, the Gainesville Times reports.

If they haven't yet, Wingo's family may want to file a wrongful death suit against the company for failing to protect its employees and contributing to Wingo's death.

Firemen are supposed to save people, not send them to the hospital. On Saturday, a Decatur man ended up at Grady Memorial after a run-in with a DeKalb County fire rescue truck, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Stanley Orr was struck by a fire truck while driving in his minivan on Chapel Road. Both the minivan and the fire rescue truck were knocked onto their sides. Now, Orr may want to sue the fire department and DeKalb County for compensation.

Two people died last week when a wrong-way driver collided head-on with another vehicle on Ga. 400 near Lenox Road, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to authorities, Frampere Ingle caused the accident by driving south in the northbound lanes early Aug. 15. Both Ingle and Eric Hanks, the driver of the other car, were killed. Authorities believe that Ingle may have been drunk at the time of the crash.

Could Hanks' family sue Ingle's estate for their loss?

The last thing you'd expect to be arrested for is helping someone who's been in a car crash. Last week, a Coweta County man who was aiding a crash victim apparently overstayed his welcome at the scene of the accident and was arrested for obstruction, Channel 2 Action News reports.

While rescuing someone can subject you to criminal charges, as Robert Bragg learned the hard way, it won't lead to civil liability in this state. That's because Georgia has a Good Samaritan law that protects rescuers from civil lawsuits.

Ever get a speeding ticket you thought you didn't deserve? You're not alone.

Over 200 people have filed a $50 million lawsuit against the City of Stone Mountain, claiming its police conducted hundreds of illegal traffic stops based on the readings of faulty speed detection devices, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. According to the suit, the agency failed to have its speed detection equipment checked and certified, in violation of federal law.

Prison is already brutal enough, without having to deal with beatings from the guards. Several inmates at the Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe had it especially hard.

According to authorities, several formal correctional officers savagely beat three inmates on several occasions in 2010. On Wednesday, Darren Douglass-Griffin, one of the officers, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of inmates and falsification of records in a federal investigation, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. While criminal charges are pending, the beaten inmates may also want to file a civil suit against the guards and the state.

You'd think that losing bowel control would be enough for prison guards to call a doctor. Unfortunately, it wasn't, and on March 18, 2011, 17-year-old Fabian Avery III was found dead in his prison cell at the Mize Street Municipal Jail.

According to investigative documents, Avery died of appendicitis and complications from a bowel obstruction. Although the teenager repeatedly complained about abdominal pains, the jail workers allegedly failed to take the claims seriously. Now, Avery's mother, Sandrini Scott, has filed a civil suit against the City of Pelham, the city's police department, Police Chief Nealie McCormick, the city manager, and the jail's doctor and nurse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

A senior at Fayette County High was killed on Friday when a car he was riding in was hit by a teen driver, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Malcolm Williams died after 17-year-old Joshua M. Staley reportedly ran a red light, striking the car Williams was driving in. While Staley is expected to face criminal charges, Williams' family could also bring a civil suit against him. A wrongful death suit would allow Williams' family to receive compensation for their loss.

In 2008, Wendy Lockett was hit by a stolen car that was fleeing from Atlanta Police. After a four-year legal battle, the city offered to settle the dispute by paying Lockett $475,000 for her injuries.

Now, the Atlanta City Council has put that deal on hold. Instead, the city is offering a new deal for $100,000 less, WSBTV reports.

Earlier in the week, we reported about a Forsyth man whose dogs were euthanized while he was laid up in the hospital. On Tuesday night, an Atlanta police officer was forced to put a dog down in a much more dramatic fashion.

On Tuesday night, a child was attacked by a pit bull in northwest Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Fortunately, an officer who was on patrol nearby was able to shoot the dog before it could seriously injury the child. Could the dog's owner be held liable for the attack?

A dog is a man's best friend. That's why a Forsyth man was understandably upset when the county euthanized his two dogs while he was laid up in a hospital bed.

Mitchell Greenway filed a civil suit against the county and hospital responsible for the incident, but a local judge cleared the hospital and the county of any wrongdoing. Now, an appeals court has revived Greenway's lawsuit, giving him another shot at receiving compensation for his loss, WSBTV reports.

With hundreds of former NFL players suing the league over concussion injuries, it's pretty apparent that football is a dangerous sport. But just how far should teams have to go to protect their players?

The family of a 16-year-old who died from heat-related illness during football practice is suing Ben Hill County, WSBTV reports. D.J. Searcy's family is not only hoping to win compensation, but to change the law regarding coach accountability as well.

Atlanta wasn't laid out with pedestrians in mind. That's apparent to anyone who's ever walked the city's streets or relied on MARTA to get around.

All too often, when you need to cross the street there's not a crosswalk in sight. However, crossing without a crosswalk can get you a jaywalking citation in Atlanta. So what exactly does a jaywalking citation entail and how do you fight it? Below, we've included an overview Georgia's jaywalking law, the accompanying penalties, and what to do if you're injured while jaywalking.