Rageross via Wikimedia Creative Commons LicenseNothing is more precious to anyone and to society as a whole than the wellbeing of children. Unfortunately, children can fall prey to negligence or carelessness, just like anyone else. The danger is even worse for them, because the very young don’t know what to watch out for. When they come to harm, those who allowed it to happen must absolutely be held responsible so it never happens to another child.

The death of a 3-year-old boy at a daycare center in Alpharetta was ruled an accident by police. Officially, the cause was accidental asphyxiation from hanging, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner.

A length of twine shaped like a loop was at the top of the slide, said the public information officer for the Alpharetta police department. The child’s head got inside the loop when he was sliding down and the caregiver had gone inside for a moment. When she turned around to check on the child, it was too late.

According to the public relations officer, the caregiver attempted CPR until first responders were on the scene. Paramedics took the boy directly to the hospital, but he later died.

Neighbors claimed the caregiver was an excellent mother …

Injured in Deck Collapse
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Accidents and injuries are an unfortunate part of life. They happen in the blink of an eye, and are all too often caused by the carelessness or negligence of another person. The aftermath of these events leaves behind physical injuries, emotional trauma, and damages, all of which take time and money to repair and recover. Insurance companies are not always willing to pay the full amount necessary. Legal assistance is necessary after an accident to insure financial hardship does not accompany the physical and emotional losses brought about by the incident.

Almost a dozen people were taken to the hospital after a deck fell during a party in suburban Atlanta.

According to authorities, the deck collapsed on a house in Stone Mountain on a Saturday night. Witnesses said there was also a grill on the deck, which may have burned a number of people when the deck crumbled.

A fire captain said the deck may have fallen due to poor construction. Authorities said thirteen people had minor injuries, but three of them did not wish to be treated at the time.

An injury, even if minor, is often a matter of concern. We have extensive knowledge in …

Oregon DOTThere are many factors that go into the making of an accident. All too often, one of those factors is neglect or carelessness. It only takes a moment of distraction to cause a crash that can alter lives forever. Some of these accidents result in only minor injuries, while others have tragic outcomes, but one thing remains the same — the victims deserve compensation for the harm done to them. They should never have to pay for the damages caused by someone else’s mistake.

Distracted driving is the one of the reasons for a crash in Rome, Georgia, which killed a 7-year-old girl and injured her mother and younger brother.

According to an accident investigator, the 34-year-old woman was driving when she reached down to get something her daughter dropped. Authorities say the woman’s moment of distraction caused the car to veer off the road and hit a utility pole. The woman’s 7-year-old daughter was pronounced dead upon reaching the Floyd Medical Center. Police say the girl’s mother and 3-year-old brother are in fair condition.

Authorities are currently investigating the crash.

After an accident, you need someone who understands what you’re going through. We understand at Stokes & Kopitsky, and …

FuturillaIt is an unfortunate fact of life that accidents happen. All too often, they occur because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. These accidents cost money in repairs and medical bills and they even cost time away from work and from family. All of this is money the victims should never have to pay – so who should pay the price? Getting legal compensation is the answer.

This is very probably what will happen after two people in Fayetteville were hospitalized after a deck collapsed.

According to Fayette County officials, rescue workers were called to  assist at a home on Ebenezer Church Road.  Fayette County Fire responded to find two construction workers who were  trapped underneath the deck. The deck apparently had collapsed when two other people were on top of the structure.

The rescued construction workers were taken to Atlanta Medical Center once everyone was freed. According to official reports, two of the workers involved in the accident suffered “significant leg injuries”. Their current condition was not released.

There is no report of what caused the collapse as of yet and the accident remains under investigation.

Such injuries are not just a physical and emotional burden, they are a …

thebabyturnerAccidents, even “minor” ones, are always traumatic, but they become outright horrific when children are involved. No matter how careful we are, accidents can still happen, putting our families in danger, and when these accidents happen, there are often overwhelming medical and repair costs to pay. Don’t let a lack of money bar the way to recovery. A good legal team can get the compensation necessary to pay the bills.

A car crash on Interstate 85 resulted in serious injuries on a 2-year-old child, and the Georgia State Police cited the driver of the vehicle that was carrying that child, according to police sources. Rescue workers took the child to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston after the single-vehicle crash.

According to the Georgia State Police, the small child was a passenger in a 2000 Lincoln Navigator driven by her 31-year-old mother. Police cited the mother with driving too fast for conditions, having worn tires, and a child restraint violation.

The SUV lost control on Interstate 85 and struck the center median wall. The child was in a child safety seat, but she was ejected from the car nonetheless, and came to rest in the left emergency lane on …

Heroism has no age limits.  A pre-school girl was recently the hero when she was at home with her father. He was cutting down a tree in the backyard. While he was using his machete to chop branches, he landed a blow to his arm which deeply cut into his wrist.  Nobody else was around, but his daughter came to the rescue.

She was sitting on the porch with her sister when the accident happened. Her mother had taught her how to dial 911 earlier, so she dialed the phone and held it to her father’s ear while he talked to the dispatcher and explained the problem to them. Fortunately, the 911 operator was able to explain how to slow the bleeding until two ambulances arrived on the scene to take him to the hospital.

Accidents happen in the backyard all the time.  A rock might fly from the lawnmower, a tree branch might fall, or some other type of injury may occur. Occasionally, it is possible to be injured due to the negligence of another party in your own yard. In such a case, you may want to seek legal help.

If you have been injured in an accident, …

Premises liability is the term used when someone gets injured on someone else’s property due to a danger on that property. For example, a faulty piece of playground equipment could be the basis for a suit against the owner if a child gets injured. One possible way this can happen is a tree falling over in a storm. If that tree was known to be dead and it hit someone’s house or injured someone, there could be legal consequences.

Trees can fall at any time, even if they look healthy on the outside. One family in Lithonia recently found that out when a tree on their property got blown over into their home. Six people were in the house at the time when the tree struck. Thankfully, no one was hurt from the impact, but the kitchen was entirely demolished.

If this tree had fallen on a neighbor’s home, the homeowners could have been held liable. Property damage and injury could have resulted. Insurance may cover some of these costs, but depending on the circumstances that might not be enough. That’s when you need to call a skilled personal injury lawyer.

If you live in North Georgia and have been …

Credit: wyinoueLast month, plant worker Elaine Davidson, 56, died when a pressurized sterilization machine called an autoclave blew up at the Meggett Polymers and Composites plant on October 31st.

The force of the blast blew out the door of the autoclave causing devastating injuries to Davidson, who later died at Polk Medical Center. Maintenance records obtained by a local news channel dating from 2008 and 2010 indicate that there had been ongoing problems with the autoclave door.

Davidson, who was both a mother and grandmother, worked in a variety of jobs at Meggitt over a 37-year career. Her last job was as a quality assurance inspector, which involved testing rubber raw material in the autoclave to determine durability for use in the fabrication of aircraft fuel tanks.

Every job holds the potential for an on-the-job accident to happen. Even if you work in a low risk career, accidents can happen from falls, equipment failures and even the careless actions of others who come in to and go out of your place of business. If you or a loved one has suffered injury on the job or even been killed in a workplace accident, call us today. Our attorneys have successfully represented …

A 14-year-old McDonough girl was killed and at least five other people were hurt in an Independence Day motor vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Henry County. According to police, a 19-year-old was driving north in a sport utility vehicle that was carrying seven passengers when she lost control of the vehicle and hit a guard rail near exit 219. As a result, the SUV apparently began to spin and hit another northbound vehicle. Henry County Police Spokesperson Joey Smith said five children ranging in ages between two months and 16 years were thrown from the SUV.

Following the traffic wreck, a four-year-old child was transported to Egleston Hospital for Children with a number of broken bones. Smith said two infants were also treated at the same hospital for head injuries they reportedly sustained in the accident. Emergency responders allegedly transported a 16-year-old to Grady Memorial hospital with serious injuries. In addition, a 30-year-old passenger was treated at the Atlanta Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening. Sadly, a 14-year-old girl died at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the SUV was apparently unhurt in the fatal collision. Although the exact cause of the deadly incident is …

A Lee County woman was recently cited for texting while driving after she allegedly struck a police car in Albany, Georgia. 22-year-old Lauren Owens was reportedly driving a Nissan Pathfinder on West Broad Street around 2:30 am when she allegedly collided with an Albany Police Department cruiser and then struck a parked car. Following the early morning traffic accident, 44-year-old Albany Police Officer Garnet Lincey was purportedly transported to a local hospital where he was treated and later released. No one else was injured in the crash.

According to accident investigators, Owens was allegedly reading a text message at the time of the wreck. Owens reportedly faces charges for texting while driving, driving without an operator’s license on her person, and failure to maintain her line. A spokesperson for the Albany Police Department, Phyllis Banks, stated it is important for motorists to realize how dangerous texting while driving can be. Banks added that waiting to send or read a text message may literally save a life.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorists who are sending or receiving text messages take their eyes off of the roadway an estimated 4.6 seconds for each message. In addition, they are …

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