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An Austell Dollar General employee was reportedly shot and injured during a robbery Monday night, October 3, 2014.

According to The Atlanta Crime Examiner, an armed assailant entered the Dollar General store at 710 Six Flags Drive around 7:00pm Monday evening. The suspect allegedly fired his gun toward an employee at the cash register and ordered him to open the safe. The gunman then reportedly fired a second round when the employee had trouble opening the safe.

Per media reports, the assailant fled the scene with the cash. The store employee was treated at Wellstar Kennetone Hospital for gunshot wounds.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their search for a suspect, advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are following this horrific shooting closely. They believe, as the victim was working at the time of the assault, he is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law.

Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their own financial exposure and returning employees to work quickly than the long-term medical care and needs of employees. The victim should retain an experienced workers’ compensation law firm without delay to handle negotiation of this complex claim and ensure their best interests are protected.

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

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Crime Map of Dollar General Neighborhood June - August 2014 (Atlanta Police Department)

Atlanta Police Department Crime Map of Big Brother 2 Food Mart Neighborhood June – August 2014

Local News Update

An arrest has been made in the shooting of Atlanta store clerk, Ajit Kumar Dwivedi, killed August 25, 2014.

According to the Henry Daily Herald, Fulton County Police have charged a suspect with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm in the shooting death of Ajit Kumar Dwivedi at the Big Brother 2 Food Mart on Norwood Road in southeast Atlanta. Mr. Dwivedi was fatally shot shortly after midnight on August 25, 2014.

The alleged gunman was apparently released from prison only three months prior to the shooting and was on parole at the time of the murder, per media reports. He is now in police custody.

Our Legal Take

Advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are relieved a suspect has finally been captured in this tragedy, but question what security measures were in place at the Big Brother 2 Food Mart to protect employees from such violence.

Atlanta Police Department crime maps of the Big Brother 2 Food Mart neighborhood reveal a staggering history of assaults, robberies, homicides and burglaries in the two months leading up to the murder of Mr. Dwivedi. What security precautions, such as bars, metal detectors and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect employees from such violence at the time of the fatal shooting?

As Mr. Dwivedi was working at the time of the shooting, his family is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia Law. Additional claims may also be filed should the store owner have failed to provide adequate protection for employees and patrons. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, will demand the Big Brother 2 Food Mart reevaluate security measures and make employee safety their first priority.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect families devastated by workplace violence 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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Storing Cotton Seed (Cotton Inc)

Storing Cotton Seed (Cotton Inc)

Local News

32-year-old Victor Chavez was reportedly killed in a cotton gin accident at the Boston Gin Company Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

According to WTVM 9 News, Mr. Chavez was unloading cotton seeds from a trailer when he fell into the trailer and seeds began pouring on top of him.

Thomas County sheriff’s investigator Pascal Autrey reportedly told media the accident is a reminder for employees to review accident protocols after it took investigators 15-20 minutes to find Mr. Chavez.

Our Legal Take

Advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are now questioning whether a mechanical malfunction or lack of emergency protocols contributed to this tragedy.

Was the machine pouring the cotton seeds equipped with an emergency stop to immediately halt unloading? Was there a safety barrier on the trailer to prevent employees from falling

What emergency procedures and training did the Boston Gin Company provide in case of such an accident and how did these emergency protocols fail?

As Mr. Chavez was working at the time of the accident, his family is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law. Additional claims may also be filed with the equipment manufacturer, should a catastrophic malfunction or lack of safety features have contributed to this tragic accident.

Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, will demand the Boston Gin Company reevaluate safety protocols and implement proper safety precautions and emergency training. Such claims will also send a grave message to other Georgia cotton gins on the need to make employee safety their first priority. Perhaps, through these legal claims many other lives will be spared.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting families devastated by catastrophic work accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 229.389.4900. Consultations are free and confidential.

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