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Suit: Gas station layout posed danger from backing cars

A woman who was struck by a Ford Expedition while pumping gas was awarded $1.4 million for her injuries. The award was reduced to $1.12 million to reflect liability apportioned to non-party defendants. The crux of the award was against the gas station, Gulnar Enterprises Inc. The injured patron, Shelley Olin, had argued that the gas station was primarily liable due to the dangerous parking lot layout. She maintained that the layout did not provide sufficient room between the parking spaces and gas pumps to allow drivers to safely back out of their spaces. The gas station owner denied any responsibility for the parking lot’s layout and attempted to shift all blame for Olin’s injuries to the owner and driver of the Expedition.
Olin v. Mubarak Corp.
Athens-Clarke County

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Family blamed elderly patient’s death on doctors’ negligence

A jury awarded $6 million to the estate of a patient who died while being treated for a bowel obstruction. Ann Little Chapel Scoggins came under the care of Daniel Moldoveanu, M.D. after being admitted to Athens Regional Medical Center. She was placed on an IV and given pain medication, as well as an oral dosage of magnesium citrate to relieve constipation. That evening, she began vomiting fecal matter and became unresponsive. She died the next morning. The estate argued that Moldoveanu should have treated the patient more aggressively and was negligent in administering the magnesium citrate because she had been exhibiting vomiting symptoms. The verdict was against Moldoveanu and the hospital. Two other defendants were found not liable.
Estate of Scoggins v. Smith
DeKalb County

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Olympic athlete blamed collision for career-ending injury

A professional high jumper who claimed he was sidelined from competition following a car accident was awarded $2 million following a jury trial. David A. Smith, II, an Olympic athlete, was operating a vehicle on I-85 when his vehicle was sideswiped by a rental car driven by Donggue Lee. The impact caused Smith’s vehicle to veer off the road and into a ditch alongside the interstate. Smith claimed a significant hip injury, for which he will likely require future hip replacement. According to Smith, while he was still able to perform as an athlete, the hip injury would prevent him from pursuing a professional career as a high jumper. Lee’s defense had asserted that the hip condition was unrelated to the car accident.
Smith v. Lee
Troup County

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