When an Atlanta sheriff deputy comes knocking on your door and hands you an official document, it can make anyone feel a bit anxious. Both a summons and a subpoena notify you of court proceedings, but the meaning of each document is different.
What Is a Summons?
A summons is an official notice of a lawsuit that involves the person named in the document. For instance, if you’re being sued, you need to be properly notified so that you can attend the court hearing that has been scheduled. Continue reading “The Difference Between a Summons and a Subpoena”
After going through a criminal rape trial in Atlanta, your perpetrator might be sentenced to prison for a while, but you’re still left with permanent damage, both physical or emotional. As a result, you probably feel unsatisfied with the results of the initial trial and choose to go to court all over again.
A civil lawsuit can is one where you can claim assault/battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. As a result, you might be able to gain some form of compensation for your pain and suffering, anxiety, or PTSD. Continue reading “Civil Sexual Assualt (Rape) Lawsuit”
Being stalked in Atlanta is a very serious situation to be in. Stalkers can threaten, attack, sexually assault, or even kill their victims.
State laws vary, but in Georgia stalking is defined as a person who “follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person at or about a place or places without the consent of the other person for the purpose of harassing and intimidating the other person.” Continue reading “What Constitutes as Stalking?”
A whistleblower is a person who exposes illegal and/or unethical activity that has occurred within an organization.
Typically, the information involves contract companies committing fraud against the government by overcharging for products or services. Other cases of fraud that may constitute whistleblowing include an organization that makes false Medicare or Medicaid claims, performs illegal trade of wildlife, fish, and plants, or illegally discharges pollution into the ocean. Continue reading “What Protection Do Whistleblowers Have?”
Under federal and state law, every individual deserves to be treated humanely and given medical treatment when necessary. This includes those who have been sentenced to jail or another type of correctional facility. When prison authorities fail to properly care for inmates and injury, death or suicide, there may be evidence of negligence or even a violation of constitutional rights. Most recently, there has been attention on the rate of suicide in jail. These alarming statistics should not be ignored, as correctional facilities are also under obligation to address the mental health condition of its inmates. Continue reading “Prison Suicide: When Do You Need a Lawyer?”
Realizing your elderly parent, grandparent or loved one needs more care than you can give is difficult. However, at a certain stage of life many adults must entrust their aging family member’s health and well-being to someone else, typically a nursing home or type of senior living facility. The horrible truth is that promises aren’t always uphold when it comes to their standard of care. Nursing home abuse and neglect does occur. If you suspect abuse or neglect at your loved one’s senior care center, a personal injury lawyer can help. Continue reading “Georgia Senior Care Centers: Is Your Loved One Safe?”
When considering places where personal injury or wrongful death occur, the last setting to be suspected is a healthcare or medical facility. These are places that should be helping and healing people instead of harming them. Unfortunately, personal injury claims against medical facilities do occur. In fact, 11 Alive News recently reported on a case in Gwinnett County in which over a dozen patients made allegations against Lakeview Behavioral Health in Norcross, Georgia. Continue reading “Allegations and Potential Lawsuits Against Lakeview Behavioral Health in Norcross”
One family’s quest for justice in the apparent wrongful death of Felix Kirk McDermott revealed the suspicious nature of nine or ten previous deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
The US Department of Veteran Affairs is currently investigating the situation at the VA medical center to determine if there was criminal activity involved. Continue reading “Suspicious Deaths at the West Virginia VA Medical Center”
The warm weather during this time of year would make any motorcycle rider want to take to the open road. While cruising on your bike may be a favorite pastime of yours, Harman Law Firm in Atlanta wants to ensure that all riders out there are using safe driving practices.
Riding Safety Tips
While some of these tips are suggestions, others are the law. Continue reading “Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips”
Regardless of the reason for your visit or how long you plan to stay, when you check into a hotel, you have the assumption and expectation that you will be kept safe as a guest of the property. In fact, hotels have the legal responsibility to do so. Unfortunately, accidents and injuries do happen at hotels, and in the case of the Downtown Atlanta Sheraton, major illness can occur as well. Just last month, the largest recorded outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in state history occurred at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta. Why? Lawyers claim hotel negligence. Continue reading “Why Sheraton Hotel Guests Are Filing Claims of Negligence”