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The McAleer Law firm secures another win in the fight to help those who have been killed or injured and suffering life-altering injuries caused by someone else’s neglect or carelessness.

Thanks to the dedication of the McAleer Law firm, Florida Handling Systems has settled for $4 million with the family of a man who was crushed by a five-ton crane after it fell in the industrial accident. The crane had been deemed safe just a few short months before the incident by a designated company inspector. Charles McAleer is quoted as saying “Florida Handling’s a good company; they just made a mistake.”

The investigation revealed that Two State bought the crane, then hired Florida Handling to inspect and correct anything that was not up to regulatory standards. The inspector made five visits to the facility within a 24-hour period while inspecting the crane and replacing key elements. However, the inspector had missed a vital safety feature, the drop lugs. Drop lugs are designed to hold the crane on the beam, if it comes off its track.

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Electronic discovery, or e-discovery, refers to the information, data and communications that exist on your computer, cell phone, text messages, emails and more. E-discovery is the process in which this information is gathered during the investigation of your case. With the majority of our communication now done through electronic devices, e-discovery can have a major impact on your case.
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There are many remedies available to individuals who are injured by another person, but what happens when the person who caused the injury is a government employee or even a federal employee? It is very difficult to seek recovery for an injury from a government entity or municipality due to the many immunities that are afforded to such entities. However, the Federal Tort Claim Act (FTCA) makes it easier to seek a remedy after being injured due to the actions of a federal employee. Because the process can be complex, it is always a good idea to seek the assistance of an Atlanta accident injury lawyer
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In mid-May of this year, three kids –ages 5, 6 and 10 fell out of an inflatable bounce house after a gust of wind lifted it 50 feet off of the ground. According to witnesses, they saw the bounce house rise above both the trees and a nearby apartment building due to the small tornado. The 10-year-old girl fell out first. She sustained scrapes and a minor injury to her shoulder. As the inflatable floated higher, the other two children fell out. One boy was dropped onto a parked car and the other landed in the street. Witness Taylor Seymour recalls, “It dropped off the first little kid in the middle of the road, then it came the other way, it passed over my apartment, it dropped the second one, he hit his head on the back of my car and then he fell to the ground.” The boy who landed on the car suffered a serious head injury and the boy landing on the pavement suffered two broken arms, a broken facial bone and jaw and a ruptured spleen. The bounce house floated over a stretch of woods and landed in an athletic field behind a middle school.

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On June 7, 2014, former Saturday Night Live comedian Tracy Morgan was traveling in a limo bus near Trenton, New Jersey, when he was involved in a six-car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was returning from a performance in Delaware when he was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. The crash killed friend and fellow comedian James McNair as well as critically injuring two others. Morgan suffered a broken leg, nose, several ribs and still relies on a wheelchair.

On July 10, 2014, Morgan and three other plaintiffs filed a personal injury lawsuit in the U. S. District Court in New Jersey. The driver was working for Wal-Mart and the company has been named as a defendant. They are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. The driver has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and assault. The police report states that the driver had been awake for 24 hours when the crash occurred. Thus bringing into question the ongoing debate about whether commercial drivers are being pushed to the max and thereby putting the public at risk.

See the link below for tips on how to share the road with large trucks:

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As September approaches, youth are back to school. For some, they’re off to college. A time for growth, college facilitates opportunities to create a new identity and pursue new friendships. It’s an exciting time of discovery. But, there is one adverse tradition that continues to permeate college campuses everywhere: hazing.

Hazing is a group ritual that involves harassing and initiating potential and new members. In the setting of high school and college, hazing usually occurs within fraternities and sororities, sports teams, and performing arts groups. In wider society, it is not uncommon in gangs, the military, police departments, and even among religious groups.

Hazing differs from bullying because the victims almost always “see what’s coming.” Humiliating and sometimes violent or dangerous, victims possess a vague idea of what’s to come. The practice has become widespread and accepted as commonplace in many circles. Unlike bullying, visibility is low, and incidents are usually denied. Sworn to secrecy, victims sometimes fail to predict the extent of harm they may endure and “what’s coming” ends in injury…or death.

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Clifford Harris Jr., also known as rapper T.I., recently settled a suit filed by the family of a man whose body was shown on the MTV program “T.I.’s Road to Redemption.”  The nine-episode 2009 show followed the Atlanta-based rapper as he attempted to convince young people to stay away from the criminal life. In one episode T.I. takes a young man called “Peewee” to an Atlanta crematorium and funeral home. There an employee shows them the body of a man described as a “hustler” whose “family did not know what happened to him.” The family of Joseph Williams recognized the body despite the face being blurred out. Williams had, in fact, died from an illness at home. In shock, the family asked for the body to be re-blurred, for the episode not to be re-run and immediately taken off the website. The production company ultimately decided the blurring was done to their standards and the episode remained online. The suit named the funeral home, funeral home employee, T.I. and Grand Hustle, Ish Entertainment and MTV-Viacom as defendants.  Earlier this year the crematorium and funeral home settled their claims. MTV, T.I. and the other defendants were scheduled to go to trial on July 7. However, a settlement was reached in mediation on June 29.

If you or someone you know have had remains of a loved one mishandled, call us at 404.MCALEER. Visit mcaleerlaw.com for more information.

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In 2012, 20 percent of high school students were bullied (CDC, 2012). It doesn’t take the statistics from elementary and middle schools to see that bullying is a serious problem. Bullies intentionally prey on those perceived to be weak or different. With tactics that include taunts, threats, harassment, and exclusion, victims are often left fearing or expecting harm.

It wasn’t long ago that Georgia became the first state to adopt anti-bullying legislation, prohibiting bullying on school property, buses, and at school-related functions. Unfortunately, due to freedom of speech laws, school jurisdiction does not include cyber-bullying that occurs on technologies and networks that are not school-owned. However, if those behaviors spread into classroom environment, it can there be addressed.

Kids and teens don’t want to be labeled as a snitch or tattler, so they often don’t disclose when they are being harassed. It takes a lot of strength for them to publicize mistreatment. Here are some actions to carry out if your child has been a victim of bullying:

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On May 21, 2010, Amanda Lawson entered the Southeast Laser & Plastic surgery clinic in Waycross, Georgia to receive breast augmentation surgery. The shopping center clinic advertised its cosmetic procedures in the local paper and even offered a discount coupon. Lawson paid $3,500 and underwent the four hour procedure.

A month later, she returned to the clinic because her incisions were open, exposing the silicone gel implants. She was prescribed oral antibiotics, pain killers and sent home. A few weeks later her condition had not improved. Lawson went to Irwin County Hospital and was diagnosed with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus — MRSA. She spent a week in the hospital to treat her still open wounds and the infection. The next month she was again hospitalized for a staph infection and received intravenous antibiotics. At this time, she underwent surgery to remove both implants. Lawson was permanently disfigured as a result of the ordeal.

According to the lawsuit she filed against the practice and doctor that performed the botched surgery, Lawson did not receive a complete pre-operative exam nor was she even measured for the implants. Her first meeting with the surgeon was the day of the surgery and his assistant was the owner of the clinic who was not a licensed medical professional. She was given only local anesthesia, a tranquilizer and a pain killer.

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On June 13, over 80 employees at the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Bioterror Laboratory were exposed to anthrax. Workers had unknowingly sent live anthrax samples to other CDC labs. Live anthrax is a huge health risk. Though not contagious, active bacteria can multiply, produce toxins, and cause severe illness via inhalation or contact with a contaminated material.

A USDA investigation of the situation revealed that the lab’s anthrax had been stored in improperly labeled and unlocked refrigerators. For the cleanup, employees utilized expired disinfectant. Exposed workers were not given preventative antibiotics and vaccines until five days after the incident. Containment guidelines went unheeded, and contaminated materials were transported in Ziploc bags, instead of protective containers. Fortunately, if not by miracle alone, no one in the lab has reported illness. The head of that lab is reported to have resigned.

Less than a month later, yet another federal health agency was called out on acts of negligence. Over 300 vials of disease improperly stored bacteria and viruses were found at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. Two of these vials contained live smallpox, a disease responsible for an estimated 500 million deaths in the 20th century alone. The most shocking part is that the samples had been sitting in storage since the early 1960s, unnoticed for nearly fifty years.