Blog Archive - March, 2011


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Your Spouse: The Other Accident Victim

March 31, 2011

In a serious Georgia accident, like one in which a car collides with a pedestrian, the victim struck by the vehicle is not the only person who may suffer a serious loss. Frequently, when the victim of an accident suffers severe physical and/or psychological trauma, his or her spouse may also suffered a profound loss.

Trasylol Defective Drug Lawsuit Settlements Now Exceed $60 Million

March 31, 2011

Settlements by Bayer AG have grown to in excess of $60 million following a rash of lawsuits filed over the dangerous side effects associated with Trasylol, including kidney injury, heart failure, stroke and even death. Bayer AG announced that its blood clotting drug Trasylol was being removed from the market on November 7, 2008.

Wrongful Death Settlement in Chewing Tobacco Case Provides Insight into Wrongful Death Issues

March 31, 2011

The family of a man who used chewing tobacco since the age of thirteen has recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit for 5 million dollars. The man was 42 when he died of mouth cancer. His wife brought a wrongful death lawsuit in North Carolina claiming that the company knowingly produced a product that was dangerous and defective and was also known to cause addiction, disease, and untimely death. Because the defendant in this case sells 650 million cans of this type of tobacco in the U.S. annually, it is safe to assume that this case could lead to a wave of lawsuits related to the serious illnesses and death caused by smokeless tobacco.

Georgia Car Accidents Caused by Poor Vehicle Maintenance

March 30, 2011

Many people are involved in serious auto accidents in Georgia because of drivers who fail to keep their vehicles properly maintained. Balding tires, broken turn signals, cracked or filthy windshields that obstruct vision and brake pads that need replacing can cause serious auto accidents.

DePuy Offers to Replace Defective Hip Implant: Accommodation or Cover-Up

March 30, 2011

It seems inconceivable that a company that produces a medical device that is implanted inside the human body and knows that it has dangerous risks would continue to market the product. However, there is growing evidence that there were concerns about the dangers associated with the DePuy ASR Hip Implant for some time. Now, DePuy is offering to replace the defective hip implants, which have an astounding failure rate of 13 percent.

Slip and Fall Case Illustrates Potential Litigation Challenges

March 29, 2011

If a person suffers serious injuries or wrongful death in a slip and fall incident on another person’s business premises, most families assume that they will prevail at trial for the death of their loved one. However, slip and fall accident victims may face legal and factual obstacles. There are a number of factors that affect the likely outcome in a slip and fall accident and can make it more difficult to prevail in a settlement or at trial. A recent example is Klairmont v. Gainsboro Restaurant Inc., a case in which a Northeastern University student had a fatal fall on the stairs of a Boston bar.

Georgia Farming Accidents on the Rise

March 29, 2011

When we think of farming, it is sometimes easy to visualize scenes of golden hay fields or fields of black and white dairy cows peacefully grazing. While these scenes do play out across Georgia, there is an underlying danger that lurks beneath these deceptively serene images.

Common Causes of Georgia Tractor-Trailer Multi-Vehicle Pileups

March 28, 2011

Trucking accidents typically tie up multiple lanes on a highway and may obstruct all lanes of traffic. Because of the massive size of a tractor-trailer, it is not unusual for other vehicles to find themselves involved in a collision when suddenly confronted with a trucking accident that has occurred in the roadway ahead.

Bill Seeks to Encourage Disclosure of Safety Issues Hidden by Confidential Settlements

March 28, 2011

People are injured by dangerous and defective products throughout Georgia everyday by a multitude of products ranging from children’s products like toys, cribs and blankets that injure children, to adult products like defective automobiles that contribute to fatal auto accidents and drugs that lack proper safety testing and warnings. When a resident of Atlanta or Georgia has suffered an injury due to a defective or unsafe product, the manufacturer, distributor or retailer of the defective product may be liable for the injuries caused by the company’s defective product.

Texting by Georgia Drivers Remains Serious Issue Despite Being Illegal

March 28, 2011

Texting while driving may be illegal in Georgia, but it appears a number of people have not gotten the memo yet. A survey of drivers revealed that many drivers observe others texting while driving or have done it themselves on occasion. The cold reality is that texting while driving endangers lives. There is no way that a driver can focus on his or her surroundings when one’s attention is on reading or writing the next text message in a text conversation.

Georgia Accidents Cause Serious Head and Brain Injuries

March 25, 2011

Each year, it is estimated that nearly 8 million people sustain some type of head and brain injury. Close to 2 million of these people will never return to their normal pre-accident routine at home and work. While industrial and occupational mishaps abound, auto accidents are still the leading cause of head and brain injuries in Georgia.

Vehicle Car Seat Heaters Pose a Dangerous Burn Risk for the Disabled

March 25, 2011

Car seats that heat up to warm motorists during the cold winter months are supposed to be a luxury feature that adds to a driver’s comfort and enjoyment. What many people do not realize is that defective car seat heaters can pose a serious burn risk and fire hazard especially to disabled vehicle occupants. Public safety experts and physicians have asked federal regulators and auto makers to take steps to make car seat heaters safer.

Car Seat Safety Issues Spark Recall and Design Concerns

March 25, 2011

Children are precious. When a child is injured because of a defective product, it can be a heart-wrenching tragedy for a family. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) is recalling more than 794,000 child safety seats due to defective harness locking and release buttons that do not always return to a locked position.

The Devastating Impact of Georgia RV (Motor home) Accidents

March 25, 2011

People all over Georgia load up the RV and depart for destinations throughout Georgia, whether Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain to camp or to Atlanta to spend Easter with family. These exciting excursions can turn tragic when defective roadways, negligent drivers or defective campers result in serious RV accidents. Thousands of people are killed in RV road accidents annually according to the US Department of Transportation, and another 70,000 people are injured annually according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

More Quality Control and Contamination Issues Linked to Tylenol Recalls

March 24, 2011

The problems for Johnson and Johnson are piling up, including recalls of acetaminophen related to severe liver damage and contamination issues which resulted in a shutdown of a McNeil Consumer Healthcare Plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Following a growing number of recalls of Tylenol products, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a more widely seen and publicly accessible medical alert for contaminated versions of Tylenol last month.

Seeking Compensation for Georgia Domestic Violence Victims

March 23, 2011

Domestic violence affects as many as ten million families in the United States each year. A recently released report by the Violence Policy Center listed Georgia as 15th in the nation for killings of women by men in single-victim homicides. Most of these killings were related to domestic violence. Over eight hundred Georgians have died in the past seven years due to domestic violence according to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

Slip and Fall Accidents Particularly Dangerous for Elderly in Georgia

March 23, 2011

Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of serious injuries and fatalities, ranking second only to auto accidents as a cause of injury in the U.S. Because most people have fallen many times in their life without serious injury, there is a tendency to underestimate the danger of a slip and fall accident. Over 300,000 people suffer some form of disabling injury in a slip and fall accident each year. The danger posed by slip and fall accidents is particularly serious for the elderly.

Reducing the Risk Posed by Teen Drivers in Georgia

March 23, 2011

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), teen drivers aged 16-19 are four times more likely than older drivers to be involved in auto accidents. Approximately 3,000 teens aged 15-19 were killed in auto accidents and another 350,000 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries in 2009 in the U.S.

Train Accident Provides Reminder of Dangers from Unsafe Crossing or Engineer Error

March 22, 2011

A collision between a teen driver and a freight train resulted in a near miss for Darrick Johnson who amazingly emerged without serious injury in the Athens, Georgia railroad accident. The freight train slammed into the teenager’s car as he crossed the track. The crossing does not have a stop sign, and the teenager indicated that he did not hear the train or any warning signal before the train struck his car.

Booster Seats: Important Information for Parents

March 22, 2011

Booster Seats

Knowing When to Use Them Could Save Your Child's Life!

Unfortunately, many parents stop using booster seats too early because their child repeatedly protests and says it is embarrassing, or because parents are unsure of the right time. Please don't remove the booster seat until your child is ready! According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents are the leading cause of death for children 14 and under, and failure to use proper restraints is a contributing factor in half of these fatalities.

When Should Parents Use Child Booster Seats?

Booster seats lift children so that seat belts are positioned properly — giving them greater protection and helping to reduce injuries in the event of a crash. According to the NHTSA, once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly (minimum of 4'9" and 8-12 years of age).

Is Your Child Ready for Seat Belts Alone?

When children outgrow their booster seats, you still need to confirm that it is safe to use only a safety belt. The consequences of prematurely moving to seat belts alone can be disastrous, so we urge parents to review and adhere to the following guidelines — and to encourage other parents to do the same. To determine if your child is ready to ride without a booster, you need to be certain that the seat belt fits properly, and that:

  1. The child's knees bend comfortably over the seat's edge while the child's back rests firmly against the seat back.
  2. The lap belt lays low across the child's thighs, NEVER across the stomach area.
  3. The shoulder belt rests across the shoulder, NEVER across the child's neck.

Remember, NEVER let a child less than 4'9" ride without a booster seat, and NEVER graduate a child to seat belts only until you confirm that the seat belts fit properly!

Sources: NHTSA, CDC

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New Marietta Traffic Roundabout Highlights Issue of Unsafe Roadways

March 22, 2011

Marietta plans to start constructing the city's first traffic roundabout by the end of the year. The project at Fairground Street and Allgood Road is schedule to be open to traffic in spring 2012. The construction project is a reaction to public safety, highway engineer and law enforcement experts who concede that the intersection is confusing, which results in traffic backups and auto accidents.

Serious Atlanta Taxi Cab Accidents Pose Litigation Challenges

March 22, 2011

Whether you are catching a taxi cab to Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, riding in a taxi to avoid the horrible gridlock of Atlanta traffic or traveling by taxi because you are elderly and no longer drive, you face a risk of being involved in a taxi cab accident. While the majority of taxi cab drivers are responsible and conscientious, most of us have experienced a harrowing taxi ride characterized by speeding, tailgating and weaving in and out of traffic with the taxi driver screaming and honking the horn frantically.

A Tanker or Tractor-Trailer Out of Control Can Become a Lethal Weapon on Georgia Roads

March 21, 2011

Tractor-trailers and fuel tankers on the road are an everyday and necessary component of a thriving and healthy national economy. When these massive trucks, often transporting hazardous or toxic loads across the country, are involved in a serious tanker or tractor-trailer accident, the consequences can be devastating. However, a vehicle that weighs 80,000 pounds and is up to 75 feet in length can turn deadly in a mere instant for smaller cars, vans and SUVs that share the roadways with these potentially lethal giants.

More Cell Phones Mean More Roadway Danger

March 21, 2011

Many people have an intuitive notion that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous and can lead to serious motor vehicle fatalities. Opponents of laws limiting the use of cell phones while driving argue that the ability to use a cell phone to immediately summon an ambulance in an emergency offsets any increase in accidents from distracted driving.

Georgia Injury Attorneys Montlick & Associates Shares Important Tips for Parents of Bullying Victims.

March 21, 2011

The effects of bullying can be devastating for a child of any age. That is why it is so important for parents, caregivers, teachers and school officials to understand and stay alert for the many warning signs of bullying, and to know how to best respond when a child becomes a victim of harassment or attack by another student.In the video posted at the top of this page, the Family Safety Advocate from Georgia Injury Attorneys, Montlick & Associates, discusses important steps to take - and not take - when a child has been bullied. For example, many experts advise that parents:

New Study Finds Fosamax May Increase Risk of Certain Types of Fractures

March 21, 2011

A new study regarding the potential risks associated with the use of the class of osteoporosis drugs referred to as bisphosphonates including Fosamax reveals that the drugs may increase the risk of so called “atypical” fractures. A new Canadian study clarifies recent research indicating that the drugs increase the risk of atypical fractures in the femur and the bone just below the hip joint.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Highlights Unique Dangers Facing Motorcyclists in Georgia

March 20, 2011

A fatal Columbus motorcycle accident that led to the death of a Sumter County sheriff's deputy brings into focus the unique dangers that face motorcyclists. The real danger faced by those who use a motorcycle to navigate the streets of Atlanta is that a rider can operate his or her motorcycle perfectly, and still be involved in a serious Georgia motorcycle accident because of the small margin of error for responding to the negligent or careless driving practices of other motorists. The Sumter County sheriff's deputy that was recently killed in a fatal motorcycle accident was cut off by a driver who moved into his lane.

Georgia's Move Over Law Designed to Make Roads Safer

March 19, 2011

Georgia has joined a growing number of states (44 states) in enacting a Move-Over Law designed to protect police, paramedics, firemen, DOT employees and other emergency responders from serious Georgia auto accidents. While this law is an important measure to protect those who are often exposed to passenger cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and other vehicles zooming by at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, one recent poll indicates that over 71% of the population is unaware of move-over laws.

Massive Wave of Darvocet Lawsuits Expected in Wake of Drug Recall

March 19, 2011

In the wake of the FDA recall of Darvocet in November, a massive wave of lawsuits related to the dangerous heart-related side effects of the drug are expected. The drug has been on the market since 1957 and has been the subject of safety concerns related to its adverse side effects for over 30 years. Based on prior studies, Britain began phasing out the drug in 2005 with Japan and Canada soon taking similar action.

Cement Truck Accidents Pose a Major Risk of Fatal Accidents

March 18, 2011

A cement truck is an extremely heavy commercial vehicle with a large drum positioned at an upright angle on the rear bed of the vehicle. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles creates a significant risk of serious accidents as they travel Georgia roadways. These heavy industrial vehicles pose an even greater risk because of the increased weight when loaded with concrete mix. Like tractor-trailer accidents the sheer bulk and weight of cement trucks means that when they are involved in a motor vehicle accident they often result in a higher probability of causing catastrophic injuries or collision-related fatalities.

Fatal U-Haul Accident Tragic Example of Dangers Associated with U-Haul Trailers

March 18, 2011

A tragic Opeika U-Haul trailer accident has claimed the lives of three people and injured three more. Irene Miller was traveling north on I-85 when she lost control of her vehicle while pulling a U-Haul trailer. Miller’s vehicle crossed over into the adjacent lane and crashed head-on into two other vehicles. While the cause of this accident is not completely clear, it is not that uncommon to have a driver lose control of their vehicle while pulling a trailer.

Contaminated Food Can Cause Serious Illness and Wrongful Death

March 17, 2011

Most Atlanta and Georgia residents have had the unpleasant experience of purchasing a food product or menu item from a local store or restaurant and suffering mild gastrointestinal distress. Incidents of foodborne illness are common, with over 76 million cases of food poisoning annually. Unfortunately, a foodborne illness often means more than minor distress that quickly subsides. Over 325,000 people per year suffer a foodborne illness serious enough to require hospitalization.

Diabetes Drug Avandia Poses Serious Health Risks

March 17, 2011

Avandia (also known as "Rosiglitazone") the popular Type 2 Diabetes (i.e. adult onset diabetes) drug has been associated with serious side effects, including potential increases in heart attacks and heart-related chest pain. GlaxoSmithKlien manufactures the drug, which works by increasing insulin sensitivity. Avandia was approved by the FDA in 1999 and has been used by over six million people worldwide.

Bayer Settles Case Regarding Deceptive Advertising of Yaz

March 16, 2011

The news has been filled with accounts of the mounting number of lawsuits filed against Bayer AG related to the serious side effects of Yaz, including gallbladder disease, pulmonary embolism and stroke. Thousands of individual lawsuits have been filed, and there is now a national Yaz gallbladder class-action lawsuit. These individual cases have been consolidated into what is referred to as “multi-district” litigation where a single judge oversees certain aspects of the cases.

Civil Lawsuits on the Rise for Schools Allowing Bullying

March 16, 2011

The heightened awareness by the public of the dangers that on-campus bullying can cause is creating a firestorm for some school districts. From mothers who file personal injury lawsuits alleging their son or daughter is being bullied on a school bus, to lawsuits filed as a result of children who attempt suicide, to lawsuits alleging sexually aggressive behavior and taunting, school districts around the country are feeling the heat from parents who are fighting back.

CDC Quantifies the Enormous Financial Toll of Auto Accidents

March 15, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has produced a study which quantifies the high economic costs resulting from medical care, rehabilitation and lost productivity of those who suffer serious injuries or wrongful death in motor vehicle accidents. There are approximately 3.7 million auto accidents annually that result in injury or death. The CDC report analyzed the cost of medical care, treatment, rehabilitation services and productivity (i.e. years lost due to premature death or long-term disability) resulting from car accidents.

FDA Limits Amount of Acetaminophen in Drugs and Requires New Warning Labels

March 15, 2011

The FDA recently announced that it was imposing limits on the amount of acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) that could be used in prescription combination drugs and requiring labeling changes on such drugs. The new standard announced by the FDA would limit the amount of acetaminophen used in prescription drugs to no more than 325 milligrams per capsule.

Whiplash in an Atlanta Auto Accident: A Serious Injury

March 15, 2011

Every year about one million people suffer whiplash injuries in auto accidents throughout the U.S. Whiplash is a non-medical term that describes neck pain involving an injury to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles resulting from a hyperextension/hyperflexion injury of the neck. This type of injury is most often associated with auto accidents and is caused by the neck moving beyond its normal range of motion either in an abrupt forward or backward motion.

Georgia Bicycle Accidents: How Do I Stay Safe?

March 14, 2011

Many people consider bicycling to be an enjoyable form of recreation or a handy way to travel short distances. Cyclists must consider safety measures and traffic laws in order to share the road legally and safely with cars. Although cycling laws vary greatly by state, there are general safety practices all cyclists will find useful, and certain liabilities all cyclists face.

Two Product Recalls of Defective Baby Monitors Because of Strangulation and Burn Hazards

March 11, 2011

Two distinct hazards associated with Summer baby monitors have resulted in independent Summer baby monitor recalls. The most serious of the recalls relates to a strangulation hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in conjunction with Summer Infant Inc., of Woonsocket, R.I. recently announced the recall. The recall affects about 1.7 million baby monitors produced by the company because infants and toddlers can become entangled in the power cord when the monitor is placed close to the infant, creating a strangulation hazard. The company that produces the cameras is being asked to change labeling to make it clear that the camera should not be used within three feet of children. If a dangerous or defective product has injured your child, he or she may be entitled to compensation. The compassionate and experienced product defect attorneys at the Atlanta law firm of Montlick and Associates have been representing Georgia residents injured by defective products for over 27 years.

Jury Awards $10.8 Million against Pizza Hut: Stern Warning Regarding Negligent Delivery Drivers

March 11, 2011

We have all seen young teenage drivers behind the wheel of Pizza delivery vehicles in our community. Many people never consider the possibility that these young and inexperienced drivers who are rushing to deliver pizza while it is still hot may be involved in serious Georgia car accidents with pedestrians and other passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles or SUVs. A San Diego, CA jury recently returned a verdict of $10.8 million against a teenage pizza delivery driver and her employer, Pizza Hut, for a head-on collision that resulted in serious injuries to an 87 year-old mother and her daughter, who was a passenger in her car.

New CDC Study Finds Auto Accident Costs Approach $100 Billion

March 10, 2011

There are in excess of six million car accidents per year in the U.S. that claim the lives of over thirty thousand people and result in injury to over three million people. Of those who are injured, more than two million people suffer serious injuries that involve significant medical treatment, ongoing therapy and rehabilitation and/or some degree of permanent disability. Along with these costs to the health and safety of the public, unsafe drivers also exact an enormous economic cost on society. A recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that the economic cost to society of auto accidents is almost $100 billion annually.

Liability for Campus Violence on the Rise

March 10, 2011

Lately, the media has been saturated with tragic accounts of violence on school campuses, often involving an assault of a student by a classmate. Many schools have installed elaborate security measures, such as using metal detectors and individual wand devices, conducting individual searches of students and employing on-campus security personnel. While these measures to make schools safer are a good start, a recent jury’s $5 million verdict against a school in Virginia makes it clear that school officials cannot simply ignore obvious danger signs because they have employed such security measures.

Defective Door Latches Increase Risk of Serious Auto Accident Injuries in Georgia

March 09, 2011

Regardless of the type of auto accident that a person is involved in, it is almost always safer to remain inside the vehicle. One of the main reasons that seatbelts are such a valuable safety device is that they help keep passengers inside the vehicle where they have some structural protection. The risk of being ejected from a vehicle is extremely high in a rollover accident. Door latches frequently fail because of design or manufacturing defects. Depending on the door latch design, a door latch may open simply because of an impact to the outer body of the vehicle. These defective door latches do not fail because of the amount of impact but because their unsafe design allows the latch to be engaged and opened during a car accident.

Toyota Announces Recall of 2.17 Million Additional Vehicles

March 08, 2011

Toyota and government regulators agreed to an additional recall of 2.17 million additional vehicles related to floor mat defects, which cause the mat to be jammed into the accelerator resulting in sudden unintended acceleration. About 1.38 million of the new recalls are an expansion of Toyota's massive November 2009 recall to replace or repair improperly placed floor mats.

Government Slow to Protect Public from Serious Gardasil Side Effects

March 08, 2011

Since the FDA approved Gardasil in June 2006 as a vaccine against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Merck and Co. has aggressively marketed it as helping to prevent the virus that can cause cervical cancer. However, there is evidence suggesting a link between Gardasil and serious adverse side effects including blood clots, miscarriage and death. Since FDA approval of Gardasil, there have been over 3,400 lawsuits filed based on adverse reactions and harmful side effects linked to the Gardasil vaccine. These reports of adverse side effects linked to Gardasil include several instances of blood clots, miscarriages and 49 deaths among females who have received the Gardasil vaccine in the U.S. Gardasil has also been linked to other side effects including paralysis, Bells Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and seizures. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law's dangerous drugs side effect attorneys represent clients throughout Georgia and the Southeast who suffer serious adverse effects from dangerous drugs. If you or someone you love has received the Gardasil vaccine and is suffering serious adverse medical effects like these, you should contact an experienced Gardasil side effects attorney.

Filing Georgia Auto Accidents Claims: Why Self-Help Is a Bad Idea

March 05, 2011

Many people make the mistake of believing that they can avoid the time and expense of hiring a lawyer by simply making an insurance claim following a collision where there appear to be no serious injuries. While this can be a tempting idea if you are involved in an accident in the Atlanta area or elsewhere in the state of Georgia, it may mean that you walk away with far less compensation then you are entitled to receive.

Huge Settlement by Major Insurance Company Highlights Insurance Company Tactics

March 04, 2011

Allstate has reached a $10 million regulatory settlement requiring the company to implement procedures that will ensure that those who are injured in auto accidents are treated with consistency and fairness. The Allstate case followed an 18-month investigation by multiple states, via the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), for their use of a computer program in settling claims. Insurance companies have increasingly become reliant on such programs and can be extremely difficult to deal with when handling a personal injury claim.

Recall of Ford F-150 Trucks Emphasizes Danger of Defective Air Bags

March 09, 2011

A driver climbs into his car, which is parked in the driveway, and inserts his key into the ignition when suddenly without warning the air bag deploys. An even scarier scenario may involve you driving down the highway when the air bag suddenly deploys obscuring your vision and causing you to be involved in a serious auto accident. These alarming scenarios have been very real prospects for many drivers of F-150 Ford pickups which have just been recalled because of air bags that inadvertently deploy.

Fatal Riverdale Apartment Fire May Be Result of Faulty Furnace

March 02, 2011

A fatal fire that consumed parts of a Riverdale apartment complex claimed the lives of two people believed to be a couple that lived in an apartment in the complex prior to a pending eviction process. Firefighters discovered two bodies after extinguishing the fire in the apartment complex. The bodies were found in the same unit after the early morning fire at the Chateau Forest complex on Chateau Lane.

Jury Awards Woman Seriously Injured by MARTA Escalator $1.4 Million

March 01, 2011

A Fulton County jury returned a judgment against MARTA and one of its contractors for $1.4 million in damages stemming from an escalator accident in a MARTA station where a woman was seriously injured. The serious escalator accident occurred in the Five Points station when the escalator malfunctioned and suddenly began to operate in reverse, causing a dozen people to fall on the platform.

Dram Shop Drunk Driving Case Results in $2.55 Million Settlement

March 01, 2011

An off-duty police officer, and the restaurant that served her alcohol despite obvious signs the driver was intoxicated, have settled a wrongful death lawsuit to compensate the families of four young people killed and one man injured in a traffic crash in Des Peres, Missouri for $2.55 million. The bar and the driver settled for the combined total available limits of their insurance coverage. A wrongful-death lawsuit, brought by the deceased victims' families and the survivor, alleged that the female officer, who was off duty at the time, drank "a high quantity" of alcohol at O'Leary's Restaurant & Bar, and then drove her car into oncoming traffic.

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