Atlanta High School Student and Young Brother Killed in Morning Car Crash

Earlier this month, two brothers were killed in an early-morning crash in Georgia. According to an Atlanta news report, a 17-year-old high school student and his younger brother were killed in a car accident on their way to school. Evidently, the 17-year-old was driving down Highway 216 at around 7 a.m. with his 15-year-old brother when the crash occurred. A preliminary investigation revealed that the older brother was driving a 1992 Accord when he attempted to turn left at an intersection. Evidently, a PT Cruiser was proceeding westbound, and the two vehicles collided.

Apparently, the older brother received his license a year prior and had been using the same route to school ever since. The older brother was sadly pronounced dead right after the accident. However, the younger brother was in the hospital with life-threatening injuries and passed away following surgery. The investigation is still ongoing to determine how fault should be apportioned among the parties.

Unwanted Pregnancies Result from Pharmaceutical Packing Error

A well-known pharmaceutical company is facing a series of lawsuits after women alleged that they became pregnant after taking the company’s birth control pill. According to one national news report, over 100 women became pregnant while they were taking birth control.

Evidently, the pharmaceutical company somehow rotated the pills in the package, which led to the placebo pills being placed in the front of the package instead of at the end. This resulted in the women ingesting the sugar placebo pills during the wrong time of their cycle. Over 100 women from across the United States have brought the suit and are seeking damages entering into the millions. A few women are asking that the pharmaceutical company bear the cost of raising their children.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of the birth control pills in 2011, but over 100 women were already pregnant at the time of the recall. The company states that they are only able to confirm one defective pill pack and that they believe there was a very small number of packs that were actually defective. At this time, no settlement has been reached, and the case has not been heard by a judge or jury.

Georgia Court Discusses Heightened Burden for Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases Arising in Emergency Settings

Earlier this month, the Georgia Supreme Court released an opinion that discussed the heightened burden plaintiffs face when attempting to prove medical negligence that arises in an emergency setting. In the case, Nguyen v. Southwestern Emergency Physicians, the court determined that Georgia’s “ER Statute,” OCGA § 51-1-29.5, did apply to the specific situation and thus required the plaintiffs to show by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant doctors acted with “gross negligence” rather than ordinary negligence.

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