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In a recent case, after a 19-year-old was injured while riding a horse at a summer camp, he brought a lawsuit against the individual who provided the horses. The boy had been riding the horse at the camp where he worked as a camp counselor in the equine activities program. He had been out on a trail ride with the horse when the horse jumped over a small stream. The boy lost his balance and fell off the horse, and the horse landed on top of him. The defendant had contracted with the summer camp to provide the horses.

HorseThe boy sued, alleging negligence and willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons riding the horse. The defendant moved for summary judgment, based on the immunity granted by Georgia’s Equine Act. The Equine Act limits the liability of those involved in equine activities but provides for some exceptions. The boy argued that two exceptions applied in his case.

First, he claimed the defendant was liable because he provided an animal but failed to make reasonable efforts to determine the ability of the participant to engage safely in the activity and to safely manage the animal. The court found that in this case, the defendant provided the horse to the camp, and the camp supervisor assigned the particular horse to the boy. Thus, since the defendant did not assign the horse to the boy himself, the exception did not apply. Another exception exists when a person willfully or wantonly disregards the safety of the participant. Here, this horse had been provided to the camp for two previous summers, and there was no evidence of previous incidents with this horse. As a result, the second exception also did not apply. The court noted that the boy’s injuries resulted from the inherent risks of equine activities, which is the type of injury the Act was meant to protect. Accordingly, the boy could not recover from the defendant under the Act.

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Choosing your child’s day care program can be frustrating, scary, and exhausting for both you and your child. How can you know that a trusted adult is watching over the children at all times? And for a child with food allergies, was the lunch meal double-checked to make sure no peanuts were present? The constant fear of bullying may also be present. Continue reading

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dui_injury_attorneysIf you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you probably have several questions about what your options are and what your next steps should be. At McAleer Law, our experienced DUI injury attorneys handle cases like this all the time, and are ready to answer any of your questions. First, check out this guide to the types of compensation you may be eligible to collect. Call us today at 404.MCALEER if you have more questions or to schedule a free review of your case.

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With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about summer camp. It’s important to find a camp for your children that has a low record of injuries, especially head injuries and broken bones. With some good research, you’ll be able to locate the safest daycare or summer camp in your area, and hopefully avoid a daycare injury or summer camp injury.
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Few things can be more devastating than learning your child is being abused at day care, let alone abused at all. Figuring out a way to help your child cope with the emotional damage that may result can also be an extremely difficult task that many parents may be unprepared for.

Many children may have difficulty coming to their parents and disclosing the abuse that may be occurring, and this is even more true with younger children. This is why it is crucial that parents handle the situation with compassion and caution. 
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Daycare abuse is a parent’s worst nightmare, and many of us just can’t believe that our trusted daycare providers could ever harm our children. Still, you should be aware of the signs that your child is a victim of daycare abuse so that you can best protect your child.
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As parents, we want to protect our children from all harm. We put our trust in daycare providers and hope that our trust is not misplaced. Then, one day, your child comes home from daycare with an injury. You worry if this a sign of daycare abuse. Injuries are common among children, but how can you know what is a normal injury versus an abusive injury?
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In a few short years, social media has become an inescapable addition to our lives. Each day, one of the first and last things we do include browsing and sharing news and photos with our networks. While these habits are part of our daily routine, in the midst of a personal injury case, it’s advisable to pull away from those activities for some time.

Everything on the internet is public, including so-called “private” profiles. Considerable amounts of personal details can be obtained with a quick scroll over your page. Because all this information is available for general public consumption or for purchase, courts are increasingly allowing social media transcripts admission in court.

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The night of May 28, SWAT officers entered a Habersham County home. They’d received a tip about drug-activity at the house. Issued a no-knock warrant, the officers opted for the method of surprise. They burst through the door and threw a flash grenade into the house, hoping to stun and temporarily disable suspects. The grenade landed, exploding in the crib of 19-month old Bounkham Phonesavanh.  The SWAT invasion proved futile and tragic. There were no suspects and no drugs in the home.

The Phonesavanh family are not Atlanta natives. They are from Wisconsin and temporarily staying with family. Because the grenade landed directly in the baby’s crib, the incident left Baby Bou Bou, as he is fondly known, with an injured brain, collapsed lung, and disfigured face. Hearing of the child’s injuries, the Habersham county sheriff told news sources the police department would accept liability for coverage of the boy’s injuries.

Fast forward three months later, and Baby Bou Bou’s condition has greatly improved. However, his medical bills are rising exponentially and approaching $800,000. The Habersham County Board of Commissioners declared that they don’t intend on paying medical expenses. While they are fully responsible for the boy’s injuries, they did not give reasons why they are neglecting accountability.

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It’s that time of year again! Swimming pools, beaches and water parks are packed with families eager to cool off in the stifling summer heat. While plenty of great memories are sure to be made poolside, it’s also a good time to remind parents and guardians of the dangers of water activities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people die every day from drowning which is an average of 3,880 people per year. After motor vehicle accidents, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children of all ages. 90% of these parents say they were watching their children, however, were distracted by other activities such as reading, talking or taking care of another child.

It only takes a second for a child to get into trouble. Furthermore, drowning rarely involves splashing, waving and yelling as you might see in a movie scene. This is proven by the fact that half of all drowning deaths take place within 25 yards of a parent. Drowning does not look like drowning: