Was safety negligence or an equipment malfunction a factor in this loss of life and could it have been prevented? Read ‘Our Legal Take’ below to find out if Mr. Long’s family may have legal avenues for justice and claims for substantial compensation in Georgia.
Columbus, Georgia police are investigating a death after a body was found in a grocery store freezer Saturday morning, June 1, 2019. Live5News.com is reporting that the “Muscogee County Coroner…confirms the body of 51-year-old Larry Alvin Long II was found in a [grocery store] freezer” and that “[Mr.] Long, a Phenix City, Ala. resident, was an employee at the [store].” The news story states that according to surveillance video, “[Mr.] Long went into the freezer alone around 10:13 a.m. and was discovered by a coworker around 11:20 a.m….” Ledger-Enquirer.com is reporting that “the Georgia Bureau of Investigation” is conducting an inquiry.
Read Our Legal Take below to learn whether Mr. Long’s family may have an avenue to justice.
Our Legal Take
Grocery store employees, vendors and guests have a right to safety and security while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the safety measures provided both at the store and by the manufacturer of the freezer, and whether this tragic incident may have been prevented. Relevant factual and legal inquires include, but are not limited to:
- What walk-in cooler safety features, such as an alarm, emergency release, intercom system, or monitored surveillance cameras, were in place to protect Mr. Long?
- Did any such safety features fail?
- Was the tragedy a result of a catastrophic equipment malfunction?
- Was the manufacturer or property owner aware of the potential safety risks to employees?
- Were any attempts made to service, recall or replace the cooler prior to the incident?
Under Georgia Workers’ Compensation laws, our legal team suggests that the family of Larry Long will most likely be entitled to significant compensation as a result of this accident. While Mr. Long’s family should be eligible for benefits under Georgia’s workers compensation laws, they may also hold a substantial third-party civil claim against the designer or manufacturer of the freezer. Based on its history and experience in representing families in Georgia and the Columbus-area in workers compensation and product liability claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that Mr. Long’s family should retain legal counsel without delay so as to ensure that all evidence connected to the incident is preserved.
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