Reserved for the most dangerous inmates, solitary confinement, at least for most of the 20th century, included spending 3-4 days in isolation. Supporters claim that the practice is standard for keeping prisons safe, while others call it “a prison within a prison,” as noted by Frontline. Even so, the overuse of solitary confinement today has human rights activists and others concerned about torturous conditions and the psychological impact—and rightfully so. Continue reading “Solitary Confinement – A Call To Action”
Imagine this: you come home from work and park in your garage. An hour later, while you’re sitting outside on your deck, your house shakes and your smoke alarms start to go off all over your house.
A quick investigation shows the problem coming from your garage and the area surrounding it. Even with a fire extinguisher and your water hose, you’re unable to put out the blaze that seems to have started in your car. When the fire fighters arrive, it takes them nearly an hour more to put it out. Continue reading “No One Expects Their Car to Explode!”
Drunk driving is a problem every week across Atlanta, but the concern becomes an even bigger issue during times where people are engulfed in holiday activities. Whether the intoxication occurs as they’re battling depression of not being with their loved ones or having one too many at an open bar from a friend’s office party, the excuses for drunk driving are never ok.
Unfortunately, Atlanta families can find themselves the victim of another person’s bad judgement, once that intoxicated individual decides to get behind the wheel. Continue reading “Injured by a Drunk Driver Over the Holidays?”
Earlier this year, a New Mexico Med Spa was shut down for possibly exposing their clients to HIV and other bloodborne pathogens like Hepatitis through the “Vampire Facial” procedure.
The spa was owned and operated by a licensed cosmetologist; she was allowed to take care of hair & skin, but not licensed to handle the lower layers of skin or blood. Because of this, there have been strong doubts that medical equipment used for the “Vampire Facial” were sterilized or used in a safe manner, potentially causing a hazardous situation for customers and employees alike! Continue reading “Have You Been Exposed?”
When you have surgery, you have expectations. You expect that when you go into the operating room, they’ll put the IV in your arm, the mask over your face, that you’ll blackout while counting backwards from 10. You expect to wake up in a well-lit room, warm, with a morphine pump in your hand to ward off the pain.
What would you do if you woke up still in the O.R., still with the mask on your face, able to feel your doctor performing your surgery? It’s a gruesome thought. One that could haunt your nightmares if you think about it too long. But it’s a scenario that’s not far off for some patients.
Continue reading “There’s No Minor Surgery”
Shining the light on the myth “frivolous lawsuits,” Trial Lawyers Association DC has recently posted on the video-sharing website, YouTube, pointing out the Wall Street Journal’s claim—87% of voters believe that “too many lawsuits are filed in America.” To be clear, “lawsuits” in this example is typically referring to civil lawsuits involving disputes between people or between a person and an organization, not criminal lawsuits. Even so, the question becomes, “why do people believe this way?”
The truth is, the number of civil lawsuits has been declining for decades. Yet, drug, oil and insurance companies continue to spend enormous amounts of money to fuel the myth that lawsuits are out of control. This is unfortunate, as the role of the civil justice system becomes misinterpreted and unappreciated. Continue reading “The Myth of Frivolous Lawsuits”
Atlanta is a beautiful city to live in. History, entertainment, and southern culture oozes out our pores. But the metro-area is home to more than 5.6 million people and that means we also have our share of crime, including shootings.
Somebody Needs to Pay
No matter how many laws restrict the use of guns, it always seems like the people we don’t want to have them get them and use them in the worst possible ways. When they get caught, it’s possible to sue them in a civil suit, but their criminal case always takes priority. By the time the criminal case is completed, they will have been sentenced, and likely have nothing reserved to settle a civil case. But if you or a family victim have been a victim of a shooting, it’s possible that another party may be held responsible. Depending on the circumstances and where the shooting took place, the property owner may be at fault too. Continue reading “Southern Culture, Big City Crime”
The message starts in pre-school. Be nice. Don’t tease. Nobody likes a bully, so don’t be that way. But unfortunately, bullying is still pervasive in public and private schools across America. So pervasive that we’ve even developed whole TV shows about the after effects: “13 Reasons Why,” “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” and “Cyberbully.” Unfortunately for kids, so much of the bullying takes place online in social apps that are not regulated by teachers or parents. Continue reading “The Bullied Child”
Many Americans rely on a daily medication to keep their body in working order. People swallow pills or receive injections that they trust will do their job to keep them healthy and away from harm. When a prescribed drug not only fails to work, but results in more harm and irreversible damage, the outcome can be devastating.
What if you were a type 2 Diabetic that took a specific medication to control your blood sugar, but instead this drug gave you a flesh-eating bacteria? Sadly, this is the reality for some. Along with immediate medical treatment, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in defective drugs by your side. Continue reading “When Treating Your Diabetes Turns Into Your Worst Nightmare”
With extraordinary advancements in healthcare, a wide range of medical devices continue to “escape scrutiny on their path to the American market,” as reported by Time Magazine in reference to the latest documentary released by Netflix in July 2018, The Bleeding Edge. From cobalt-based hip replacements to vaginal mesh, surgical robotics, prosthetic limbs and pacemakers, complex, new-age devices are promoted, despite lax testing requirements and clinical trials. Consequently, devices that are “new,” not proven, have harmed both physicians and patients. Continue reading “Medical Devices: “New” Is Not Proven”