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Wrongful Death Suit Thrown Out in Gym Mat Death

On January 11, 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was discovered dead inside an upright mat at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Students who had climbed up to the top of a cluster of the mats found him, and it was determined by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that he died accidentally due to positional asphyxia. A second autopsy conducted by a private pathologist concluded that blunt force trauma was the cause of death. The actual cause is still contested. A year after his death, Johnson’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Lowndes County Board of Education, its superintendent and the high school principal, alleging that Johnson was “violently assaulted, severely injured, suffered great physical pain and mental anguish and subjected to insult and loss of life.” Shortly after filing the first lawsuit, the family filed a $100 million civil lawsuit against 39 individuals, including classmates of Johnson’s, local,…
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Workplace Fatality: Publix Employee Dies after Falling into Deep Fryer

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a family is reeling after the death of its patriarch in a freak work incident. The 37-year-old man was cleaning a deep fryer at a Publix store in Dacula, Georgia when the thin metal cover on top of it caved in, dropping the man into a vat of hot cooking oil. Emergency workers managed to rush him to the hospital, but he died as a result of his severe burns. The man’s wife recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Publix, accusing them of negligence. By failing to warn her husband of the dangers that the thin metal cover posed, the wife believes that Publix is responsible for the incident. She hopes that the grocery chain will pay for the full value of her husband’s life, including his pain and suffering, medical bills, funeral and burial costs as well as lost potential earnings and loss…
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Death in the Workplace at Georgia Power Plant

The death of a 20-year-old worker at Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer has led to an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Details are still hazy as to what happened to cause his death, but Monroe County Coroner Joey Proctor stated that he had been hit in the head with some type of equipment. Working in the energy industry can be unsafe, but that’s not simply due to the nature of the work. When safety protocols are followed by the employer and employees, these jobs should be no more dangerous than sitting at a desk. However, negligent behavior combined with heavy equipment can easily lead to a fatal work accident. As more information comes out about the Plant Scherer worker’s death, we’ll see whether negligence of a third party contributed to the accident. Who is Liable When an Independent Contractor Dies on the Job? The classification of a…
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