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Thousands of children will soon take to the streets for a night of trick-or-treating and fun. However, Halloween is also one of the most dangerous nights of the year for these young pedestrians, given an increase in drunk drivers on the roads, frequently poor street lighting, and costumes which may restrict visibility or maneuverability.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution urges families to plan ahead and practice the following safety tips from Safe Kids Georgia to enjoy a safe and healthy Halloween:

  1. Avoid costumes with excessive flowing fabric, such as capes or sleeves. Loose clothing can brush up against a jack-o’-lantern or open flame. Oversized costumes can cause trips and falls.
  2. If possible, choose a brightly colored costume that drivers can spot easily. If not, decorate the costume with reflective tape and stickers. Glow sticks and flashlights are also good accessories.
  3. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct vision. If a mask is worn, be certain it fits securely and cut the eye holes large.
  4. Inspect the treats. Toss anything tampered with or that has loose wrappers or doesn’t seem right. Also toss anything homemade — unless you know the person who gave it to your child and can be sure it’s safe.
  5. Always supervise children under the age of 13. Older children should trick-or-treat in a group, and a curfew should be established. Older kids should go in a group — never alone. Create a route ahead of time.
  6. Walk slowly. Be mindful about cars, making eye contact with drivers. Always walk on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks or traffic signals. If there are no sidewalks, then walk facing traffic and way to the left.
  7. Tell your child to go only to well-lit houses and remain on the porch within street view. Make sure your child understands never to cross between parked cars and to look both ways before crossing.
  8. Drivers should back out slowly, keeping a watchful eye on children and knowing that high times for trick-or-treating are from 5:30-9:30 p.m. No distracted driving.

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Atlanta police, school and recreation officials are taking steps to reduce youth violence this summer by providing free and low-cost programming to local children and teens. FOX 5 reports, the city will be running youth camps and activities to keep kids safe and active this summer.

The announcement comes the same day three teens, ages 14, 15 and 19, were hospitalized during a shooting at the Providence at Cascade apartment complex. Families shouldn’t have to live in fear of children being shot in their own homes. While free community programming will help to reduce youth violence, property owners also need to do their part to protect families and address local crime. Apartment complex owners must take steps to deter foreseeable crime and provide a safe premises for residents and guests.

Victims of Georgia Apartment Complex Violence: Know Your Rights

Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. By law, Georgia property owners are required to protect all guests legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. For example, should an apartment complex owner have knowledge of prior criminal activity on or near property, they have a responsibility to take additional security precautions to protect residents and deter future crime. Should they fail in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, assaults or deaths which occur as a consequence.

We Fight for Victims of Apartment Security Negligence in Georgia…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

Headline Frame Fox News DeskThe Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for one of our Clients in Fulton County State Court.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:

ABA Center for Professional ResponsibilityA LAWYER “SHALL NOT” CONTACT A PROSPECTIVE CLIENT THROUGH A “LIVE TELEPHONE” OR AN “IN-PERSON” VISIT.

– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.
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Contingency Fees Disclaimer: “Contingent attorneys’ fees refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.

 

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Could this Parking Lot Shooting Have Been Prevented, and Is Justice Available to the Family?

25-year-old Daniel Perez was tragically shot in a Cobb County parking lot Friday, March 23, 2018.  Per WSBTV reporting, “[Mr.] Perez was shot in the head while sitting in a truck” with his younger brother.  The brothers were reportedly approached by two men, and “[o]ne of the men fired his gun.”  Mr. Perez’ sister in-law told the news outlet that the individuals are “cowards for doing this, especially the way they did it by sneaking up on them and running away.”  According to family members, the young father was left “brain dead and on life support,” and CBS46 sadly reports that he “passed away Monday evening after being taken off of life support.”

The incident occurred “in the 3400 block of Old 41 Highway” per AJC reporting.

Was negligent security on the part of the parking lot owner or manager a factor in this senseless shooting, and could this incident have been prevented?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out if Daniel Perez’ family may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.

Our Legal Take

Parking lot patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided at the subject parking lot and whether this shooting may have been prevented.

  • What security measures, such as security patrols or other safety measures were in place to protect Mr. Perez and deter crime at the time of the shooting?
  • Have there been prior incidents of crime in the parking lot or in the surrounding area?  If so, did the parking lot owner take any precautionary measures to protect against future similar crime?

By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm.  Should the facts of this matter reveal that the parking lot owner or management failed to provide adequate security, the family of Mr. Daniel Perez may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.

The Murray Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of unsafe properties in Georgia, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a Hispanic client in Fulton County State Court.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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