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November 2012 Archives

Andrea Sneiderman's love life has become the center of attention in a the wrongful death suit filed by her brother-in-law.

Steve Sneiderman filed the suit after his brother, Andrea's husband Rusty Sneiderman, was shot and killed by Andrea's alleged lover, Hemy Neuman. Now Steve's lawyer Esther Panitch has filed a motion seeking to compel Andrea to answer questions about Joseph Dell, her reported live-in boyfriend.

Andrea's attorney has fired back, claiming the case is "rife with false allegations designed to embarrass and harass" the Dunwoody widow, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Paulding County pastor Andrew Pray died Wednesday after he was hit by a bus while cycling on U.S. 41, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The bus driver, George Carroll, has been charged with second degree vehicular homicide and following too closely. Carroll and his employer could be civilly liable for the accident as well, if Pray's wife Courtney decides to file a wrongful death suit against them.

Black Friday is behind us, but shopping-related injuries and altercations continue.

On Sunday, shoplifting turned deadly after a middle-aged man was allegedly caught stealing DVD players at a Lithonia Walmart, Channel 2 Action News reports. A chase ensued, and employees detained the man after a scuffle.

When police arrived, however, the suspect was dead. If the victim has surviving family members, Walmart could soon be facing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Bonnie Turbyfield was driving her husband home from a routine knee surgery when Emmett Lee Turbyfield stopped breathing. Emmett Lee suffered irreversible brain damage from the incident and died two days later.

Bonnie blames her husband's death on the hospital's alleged failure to train its nurses, CBS Atlanta News reports. She's now pushing for a continuing education mandate for nurses, and has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Northwest Georgia Orthopaedic Surgery Center and the doctors and nurses who treated Emmett Lee Turbyfield.

Frances Torres says she's lucky to be alive after being attacked by a neighbor's pit bull.

The 66-year-old grandma was walking her dog when the pit bull allegedly attacked her, Channel 2 Action News reports. Both Torres and her dog were injured in the incident.

Now the pit bull's owner could be on the hook for Torres' medical and vet bills.

Nothing gets people into a crazed frenzy like impossibly low prices. That's why Black Friday is one of the most dangerous times of the year for shoppers.

Stampedes, pepper spray, and fistfights are just a few of the obstacles you may encounter next Friday. Below, we've offered a few tips to help you stay safe and avoid being the target of a personal injury suit on Black Friday.

Getting in a car accident is such a terrible experience that you'll probably just want to go straight home, curl up in fetal position, and forget the whole mess ever happened. That, however, would be a mistake.

If you were injured in the accident, you'll want to start building your case as soon as the accident occurs. That's because personal injury suits hinge on good evidence, and collecting evidence is a time-sensitive activity. But don't worry, we've got you covered.

FindLaw's free Car Accident Checklist is a simple, step-by-step guide to what you should do at the scene of the accident and during the days following it. Just print out a copy of the checklist and keep it in your glove compartment. That way you'll be prepared if you do find yourself in a car accident.

Here are just a few of the areas detailed in the checklist:

Lending a helping hand cost a Henry County police officer his life Monday night.

Officer Elgin L. Daniel stopped on Highway 138 to assist a driver who had run out of gas. While Daniel and a worker from a roadside assistance company were offering help, a driver allegedly hit the two men and sped off, CBS Atlanta reports. Daniel later died from his injuries.

It sounds like something out of "21 Jump Street": Officer Chuck McCallum was chasing students through the halls of Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett. When he made it to the school's parking lot, McCallum was struck by a vehicle.

The student driving the car, 17-year-old Jarvis Ruff, sped off. Ruff is now facing a number of charges, including hit-and-run, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Could McCallum file a civil suit against Ruff as well?

Rent-to-own retailer Aaron's is once again in hot water.

Another former employee has filed a sexual harassment suit against the Atlanta-based company, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Aaron's could be in real trouble, considering the claimant's attorney already netted a $95 million verdict against the company in a similar suit last year.

An accused killer is currently on the loose in Fulton County, and it's all because of a paperwork mix-up.

The staff at the Fulton County jail mistakenly released 32-year-old Quinton Jones last month, Channel 2 Action News reports. Jones is accused of killing 29-year-old LaMarice Westbrook. A bench warrant has been issued, but so far authorities haven't been able to track the fugitive down.

So what if Jones ends up harming someone? Could the county be held liable?

Two 17-year-old students at Loganville High School were arrested after allegedly beating a fellow student in the school's locker room, Channel 2 Action News reports.

According to authorities, the beating appears to have been unprovoked and completely senseless. While a lawsuit against the minors won't fly, the victim's family could sue the assailants' parents for any medical expenses that resulted from the beat down.

For some reason 31-year-old Stephen Pierce thought it was OK to physically discipline a child who wasn't his. Pierce admitted to police that he picked up 7-year-old Jamarius Pitts and dropped him on his head after he reportedly caught Jamarius horsing around, according to CBS Atlanta News.

The bizarre incident landed Jamarius in the hospital and Pierce in jail. Now Pierce could be held liable for any injuries Jamarius sustained in the beating.