Attorney Represents Families Who’ve Lost a Loved One in a Fatal Construction or Worksite Accident

Representing victims of occupational fatalities in Cobb County and Paulding, Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin Counties
At Nicholson Phillips in Marietta, we are compassionate advocates for victims of fatal work accidents, and their families. It is never easy to lose a loved one. But when a family member is taken from you too early because an unsafe environment led to a fatal construction accident or other workplace incident, the loss is even more tragic. You may be left wondering if the accident could have been prevented and, more importantly, who is responsible. When you need a trustworthy attorney to represent you in a wrongful death claim, we can help you obtain compensation for death and burial costs, loss of family income, medical bills, and emotional pain and suffering, such as loss of companionship and diminished quality of life.

Statistics about fatal work accidents
Every year, the U.S. Department of Labor, through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compiles, analyzes and releases data about workplace fatalities and injuries by state and nationally to monitor and increase workplace safety and health standards.

The most recent report available, from 2011, includes the following data:

National workplace fatalities

In 2011, there were 4,609 workplace fatalities in total, 721 of which were due to fatal construction accidents. Among all 15 measured industry sectors, only the transportation and warehousing sector resulted in more fatalities. The average rate of occupational fatality in 2011 was 3.5 among all industry sectors, meaning that for every 100,000 full-time equivalent employees, 3.5 were killed in fatal work accidents. But the fatality rate in the construction industry in 2011 was 8.9 — well above the total average and the fourth-highest fatality rate among all industries, trailing only behind agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (24.4), mining (15.8), and transportation and warehousing (15.0).

Workplace fatalities

Of 107 Georgia workplace fatalities in 2011, 23 (or about 21.5 percent) were due to construction accidents. Of these, 10 were caused by falls, slips and trips, five were caused by exposure to harmful substances and environments, and four were caused by contact with objects and equipment.

Obtaining compensation
When you lose a family member in a fatal work accident in Marietta or elsewhere in northern Georgia, you may be able to obtain certain benefits via workers’ compensation, particularly if your loved one worked in construction. However, if you suspect that the workplace accident that killed your loved one occurred due to lack of safety compliance, gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing, it is best to consult with an attorney regarding your options for litigation. A settlement or verdict may provide you with additional compensation.

Experienced Lawyer Helps Your Family When Medical Negligence Leads to the Death of Your Loved One

Handling medical malpractice fatality cases 
When we rely on medical professionals and entities, such as physicians, surgeons, nurses, hospitals and clinics, to care for our loved ones, we never expect that a negligent misstep could mean the difference between life and death. Every year, thousands of untimely deaths occur as a result of medical malpractice, often leaving the victims’ families with significant medical costs and extreme, sudden grief. At Nicholson Phillips in northern Georgia, we represent clients who have lost loved ones due to medical negligence or malpractice. With our help, you can obtain rightful coverage for medical, burial and funeral costs, loss of family income and emotional anguish, including the loss of companionship, diminished quality of life and other pain and suffering resulting from your loved one’s death.

When medical malpractice has fatal consequences
For nearly 30 years, skilled lawyer C. Alan Nicholson and his team have advocated for victims and their families. Nicholson Phillips understands how medical negligence occurs, how to identify it and how to prove it in court. If the doctor, surgeon, nurse, pharmacist or anesthesiologist you trusted to treat your loved one failed to meet the standard of care, or if you believe mismanagement of a hospital, nursing center or other facility caused the death of your family member, a medical malpractice attorney from our firm can help you initiate wrongful death litigation. We’ve helped clients throughout northern Georgia with fatal medical malpractice cases due to the following types of negligence:

  • Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Surgical errors
  • Medication errors, including prescribing the wrong drug or the wrong amount of a drug and prescribing a drug that caused a fatal interaction
  • Anesthesia mistakes, including administering too much or too little anesthesia and failing to monitor a patient under anesthesia
  • Use of defective medical devices, particularly if the device has been recalled or is known to be defective
  • Emergency room mistakes
  • Mistakes during childbirth leading to the death of the infant or mother

In Georgia, you may have legal standing to file a lawsuit if you are the deceased’s surviving spouse, child, parent or other designated next of kin. Consult our law firm if you are located in Cobb County or elsewhere in northern Georgia and are unsure of your status.

Experienced Attorneys Defend Against Theft Crime Charges

Strong representation for burglary, robbery, shoplifting and more
Being arrested on theft charges can put your entire future on the line. For the representation you need during this difficult time, turn to Nicholson Phillips in Marietta. Since 1990 we have served clients facing many types of criminal charges, providing excellent service and personal attention. Our criminal defense lawyers have years of experience and have dealt with all facets of the justice system, and we leverage our knowledge to offer you the best legal options available.

What is a theft crime?
Theft is generally any crime in which one individual illegally takes the property of another person with the intention of depriving that person of the items in question. This is a very broad definition, and therefore there are many different acts prosecutors and the criminal justice system may consider theft. The following are some of the most common types of theft:

Shoplifting. Georgia law defines shoplifting as taking merchandise without paying for it, thereby depriving the business of that property.
Burglary. This offense involves an individual illegally entering a building with the intent to commit a criminal act. To convict, prosecutors often simply need to prove breaking and entering, even if no actual theft of property occurred.
Robbery. If you’re accused of using force or the threat of force to deprive someone of property, you may face robbery charges. Offenses involving the actual or implied use of weapons may be classified as armed robbery.
White collar crimes. Many white collar crimes, including fraud, embezzlement and money laundering, may involve forms of theft.
Services theft. State law recognizes the theft of services, such as lodging, consulting services and entertainment. In these cases, the accused must have attained these services with the intention to avoid paying for them.

Your options after shoplifting charges
The penalties you may face for shoplifting charges vary based the circumstances and the value of the property you allegedly stole. According to Georgia law, individuals will face misdemeanor charges if the value of merchandise was under $300 and felony charges if the merchandise was worth more than that. Misdemeanor convictions usually include up to $1,000 in fines and community service, although jail time is possible. Felony convictions could result in one to 10 years incarceration and fines largely up to the court to mandate.

If this was the first time you’ve been arrested for shoplifting, you may be able to take advantage of alternatives to incarceration, including pretrial diversion programs. In many situations, a skilled criminal defense attorney can seek these alternatives on your behalf, helping to avoid jail time or huge fines.