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(Fox News Atlanta)

(Fox News Atlanta)

Local News

An autistic 18-year-old Berkmar High School student was reportedly injured by an assistant teacher at school Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

According to Fox Atlanta News, Trevon Mason suffered bruising and injuries to his wrist and forearm as an assistant teacher attempted to restrain him during an alleged classroom outburst.

Porscha Clemons was apparently called to Berkman High School in Liliburn after school officials called her Tuesday morning to announce her son had suffered a bruise while being restrained. However, Ms. Clemons was reportedly alarmed to discover the extent of her son’s injuries upon arrival. She alleges school officials could not “explain exactly what happened.”

Ms. Clemons transported her son to the hospital for treatment.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the incident closely and questions whether the level of staff training and special needs resources at Berkmar High School are adequate to meet individual student needs.

Why was an assistant teacher handling the alleged outburst? Was the assistant teacher left alone in the classroom? Did this staff member have training and education to safely restrain a student in an effort to prevent injury or stress to himself or others? What attempts were made by the staff member to call a professional educated to calmly and safely protect the student and de-escalate the situation?

What resources are available to educators at Berkman High School to handle the individual needs of autistic students? What training have Mr. Mason’s educators received to specifically handle the needs of an autistic student?  

What school procedures are in place to handle a student outburst without injury to the child? How did these methods fail and what is now being done to re-educate and train staff?

Should the school system have failed in their duty to protect Trevon Mason, the parents of Mr. Mason may elect to hold the school system civilly liable for his injuries.

Claims of this magnitude will send a much-needed message to all local school systems on the critical need to provide proper resources, education and training to protect and teach autistic and special needs students. Perhaps, through such claims, other students may be spared the stress, embarrassment and injury caused by a lack of proper resources and training.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect young victims of school negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Tractor Trailer Accident I-85, Newnan

Tractor Trailer Accident I-85, Newnan

Local News

The driver of a tractor trailer truck, carrying a shipment of canned yams, was reportedly injured after his vehicle overturned along I-85 Tuesday morning, September 16, 2014.

The Newnan Times-Herald reports, emergency crews were called to the scene of an overturned tractor trailer accident on I-85 near Newnan, two miles south of exit 47.

The driver was apparently found trapped inside the smoldering vehicle, suffering lacerations to his head. He was transported by ambulance to Grady Memorial hospital in Atlanta, where he is reportedly in stable condition.

Our Legal Take

The Murray Law Firm is following the crash closely and questioning whether another driver or mechanical malfunction may have forced the vehicle off the roadway.

If the driver was working at the time of the crash he is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law. Additional claims may also be filed with any other drivers involved, as well as the vehicle and equipment manufacturers, should their negligence or a malfunction have contributed to the accident. Total claims may be substantial and would send a grave message to drivers on the need to share roads with tractor trailers, allowing proper space when passing and changing lanes.

As employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with their financial exposure and returning employees to work quickly, rather than the long-term medical care of their employees, the driver should retain an experienced workers’ compensation firm without delay to ensure their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of catastrophic trucking accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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One Sovereign Place Apartment Shooting, Sandy Springs (Fox)

One Sovereign Place Apartment Shooting, Sandy Springs (Fox)

Local News

27-year-old Eulalio “Freddie” Mederos-Vega and 23-year-old Byron Caseres were killed in a shooting at the One Sovereign Place apartments in Sandy Springs Sunday, September 14, 2014.

According to Fox Atlanta News, Mr. Vega, a father of four, and Mr. Caseres, were shot inside a One Sovereign Place apartment at 200 Franklin Road around 6:30pm Sunday evening.

Authorities are still searching for a suspect and motive in the shooting.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their investigation, The Murray Law Firm is following the shooting closely and questioning whether a fatal security lapse may have contributed to this tragedy.

Was the gunman a resident of One Sovereign Place and, if not, how did he gain access to the property?

What security measures, such as surveillance cameras, access-controlled gates, fencing, ID card entry systems, security patrols, deadbolts, and alarm systems, were in place to protect residents and deter crime at the time of the shooting? How did these security precautions fail?

By law, apartment owners have a duty to protect residents and guests legally on their property from any foreseeable harm.

Should the owner and management of One Sovereign Place have failed to adequately protect Mr. Vega and Mr. Caseras, their families may elect to hold the complex civilly liable in their wrongful deaths. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the millions of dollars, will demand One Sovereign Place and other Sandy Springs apartment complexes finally make resident safety their first priority.

Photographs and a thorough inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately before any evidence, such as surveillance footage, maybe damaged or destroyed.

The Mederos-Vega and Caseras families should retain an experienced premises liability firm without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of apartment violence and property negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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