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Battery / Assault in Atlanta

Battery/Assault is most often thought of as a criminal law issue, but if you have been the victim of a battery or assault you may also have a personal injury case. In personal injury cases, battery and assault are known as "intentional torts." The elements of the intentional torts of battery and assault are generally the same as the elements of the crimes battery and assault, but the required intent is different and the burden of proof necessary to find a defendant guilty is lower in a personal injury case. An Atlanta Personal Injury lawyer can help you understand the differences and protect your rights.


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What goes up must come down. Henry Adams of DeKalb County knows that all too well.

Adams was spurred to action after 4-year-old Marquel Peters was killed on New Year's Eve 2010. A stray bullet hit the boy while he sat in a DeKalb church.

Now Adams is leading a grassroots push to stop celebratory gunfire in metro Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Last week, Clayton County Police Officer Michael Hooks was run over by a pickup truck while responding to a call. Thomas Paige, the alleged driver, fled on foot and became the subject of a manhunt.

Paige was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Duluth, Channel 2 Action News reports. Now, in addition to criminal charges, Paige could potentially face a personal injury lawsuit brought by Officer Hooks.

It takes a certain type of person to teach special needs children. Melanie Pickens apparently isn't that type of person.

The former teacher is accused of abusing five special needs students at Hopewell Middle School in Milton from 2004 to 2007, Channel 2 Action News reports. Pickens has been indicted on child cruelty charges, but she may face civil suits from her victims as well.

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.

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.

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.

The Boy Scouts of America have released new documents that implicate many Georgia scout leaders in child sexual abuse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to the “perversion files,” 97 Georgia Boy Scout leaders have been accused of sexually abusing their scouts over the years. Out of the accused scout leaders, 44 led troops in metro Atlanta.

In 2010, 18-year-old Bobby Tillman was beaten to death outside of a house party for no apparent reason.

Four men have been charged with the attack. On Friday morning, Tracen Franklin, one of Tillman's assailants, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in the beating, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Here's what led up to the attack:

Most people don't consider sodomy to be a criminal act. That's because it generally isn't when consenting adults are involved. However, forced or aggravated sodomy can be prosecuted as a crime in Georgia.

A University of Georgia police officer may soon be charged under Georgia's law. Athens-Clarke police are investigating the 28-year-old officer for possible aggravated sodomy, after a woman filed a complaint claiming the officer forced her to have anal sex, the Athens Banner-Herald reports.