When a parent or grandparent can no longer care for themselves, you may have to make the difficult decision of seeking assistance from a nursing home. The situation becomes devastating when you discover your loved one has been sexually abused.
If you’ve put your trust into a professional nursing home staff only to have that trust shattered, it’s imperative to understand that you did nothing wrong. Our firm has supported devastated families whose guilt has stalled healing. Blame may cloud your head, but be assured – you are not at fault.
This article aims to bring awareness to elderly sexual abuse. There are 5 signs you can look for to determine if the senior in your life has been abused.
Read on to learn what you should do when your loved one has been victimized.
Elderly Sexual Abuse
Whether it is unwanted touching, forced nudity, sexual photography or rape, all forms of elder sexual
Security has long been considered one of our basic needs for survival. If you should feel safe anywhere, it ought to be in your own home. Sadly, this basic right is coming under attack in the greater Atlanta area where violent home invasions are on the rise.
Article “City of Statesboro faces possible $11M claim” (Februrary 28, 2015) originally published in the Statesboro Herald
Attorneys for the parents and estate of Michael Joseph Gatto, 18, who died after a violent encounter at the now-closed Rude Rudy’s bar Aug. 28, have filed notice with the city of Statesboro alleging more than $11 million in damages and that the city is to blame for not enforcing its own alcohol laws.
This is not a lawsuit at this point. But attorneys with four Atlanta law firms signed an ante litem notice received by the city Feb. 20. Complying with a six-month deadline that would have expired Saturday, this keeps open the possibility of a lawsuit.
Ante litem means “before litigation” and such a notice is required under Georgia law before suing a city. The plaintiffs would now have two years to actually file a suit.
Gilbert H. Deitch, the lead attorney for the
On May 16, 2014 a Fulton County jury returned a verdict for $5.1 million against Motel 6 and its parent company, Accor North America. The case grew out of the 2007 attempted robbery and murder of Brandon Todd at a Motel 6 in Albany, GA where Mr. Todd had traveled for a job interview with Georgia Power Company. Attorneys Gilbert Deitch and Andrew Rogers, along with attorney Doug Powell, represented the victim’s parents in this Wrongful Death lawsuit.
BELIEVED TO BE THE LARGEST PREMISES LIABILITY VERDICT ON BEHALF OF A CRIME VICTIM IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, a jury of twelve in Cobb County, Georgia rendered a $35,000,000 verdict against the amusement park, Six Flags, and four of its employees for the 2007 beating and traumatic brain injury that a customer suffered after spending the day at the park. Gilbert Deitch, Andrew Rogers and Michael Neff were lead counsel for the Plaintiff, and Susan Cremer, Dwayne Adams, and Shane Peagler from MLN Law were also counsel of record in the case.
After hearing the testimony of 34 witnesses over five days, the jury found that Six Flags was 92% at fault. The jury also found four Six Flags employees each 2% at fault. The employees had already pled or been found guilty of violating Georgia’s Gang Act and aggravated assault.
Attorney Andy Rogers explained, “the
After 23 years of providing crucial support for sexual assault survivors and their families, the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center is facing crisis-level funding cutbacks that have been mounting for years. No longer does the Center have the public funding that came from local, state and national sources that it has relied on to provide desperately needed services.
See 11 Alive’s coverage of this important story, here:
The law firm of Deitch & Rogers, LLC is a long-time supporter of the Center. Attorney Andrew Rogers is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center and knows first-hand how important the support of the community is to the survival of the Center. Please consider making a donation to keep the Center open so it can continue doing the important work that no other agency offers in DeKalb County and, increasingly, in
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority announced the installation of new security cameras on their buses and trains. The cost of the system is a reported to be $17 million, and will include buses with up to 11 cameras on board.
MARTA claims that the system “will act as a highly visible deterrent against operator assaults, crime and acts of terror,” according to MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham.
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The CBS story quotes MARTA General Manager/CEO Beverly Scott: “We want everyone to know that their safety is of utmost importance to MARTA, and we will take the necessary steps to ensure that they have a safe transit experience and work environment.” However, it is unclear from these reports whether the video captured by the camera system will be monitored in real-time by anyone who might be able to intervene in an assault on a patron.
Unfortunately, a current
Police report the arrest of a 20 year-old refugee from Rwanda in connection with the rape of a 40 year-old woman and her 15 year-old daughter at Southern Place Apartments on Montreal Road in Clarkston, GA. News reports indicate the victims are refugees from Somalia. We suspect the victims are particularly traumatized by this assault after having to leave their home country to escape the threat of similar abuse.
Hopefully, the arrest in this case will result in the resolution of other unsolved rape cases in the area. Our experience in representing rape victims indicates that most rapists have victimized many women before they are finally arrested and convicted.
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Hopefully, these victims will be able to take some comfort in knowing that their attacker is behind bars. We are also hopeful that they will take full advantage of counseling services available to them through the DeKalb
According to local news reports, a man was shot at Kensington Station Apartments near Stone Mountain, on Monday night, September 10, 2012. The reports indicate that the victim was assaulted by three unidentified men and is currently hospitalized in critical condition.
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Unfortunately, this is not the first shooting at this complex, located across the street from the Kensington MARTA transit station and near the DeKalb County jail complex. Our law firm represents another man who was shot at the same complex in 2007. That case was sued in the DeKalb State Court and is currently pending in the Supreme Court of Georgia on an issue that was raised before the trial of the case. The case is expected to be tried in 2013.
Although police have apparently released few details about this shooting, it will be interesting to find out whether the shooters and the victim
The Crime Victim Law Group has released a downloadable PDF of the blog series designed to help Atlanta renters avoid crime and find safe apartment buildings. “Choosing a Safer Apartment Community in Georgia” presents logical guidelines for finding a safe apartment complex; how to make your current apartment safer; and how to prevent crime from occurring at your apartment.
The purpose of the guide is to alert renters to conditions that enable criminals to prosper within an apartment complex. Being able to recognize these situations allows the renter to proactively avoid or fix them.
From finding an apartment to bolstering your own home, this Guide is intended to empower Atlanta renters so they might avoid becoming victims. When you know what to look for and what to do about it, securing your home environment is easy with a little diligence and forethought. Burglars and other criminals can be dissuaded from invading your space
- Premises Liability
- Serious Violent Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Rape and Sexual Assault
- Unsafe Apartments
- Unsecure Hotels/ Motels
I have seen Gilbert Deitch in every capacity as a lawyer. I have opposed him in premises liability cases, used him as a consultant and seen his work as a trial lawyer
Gino Brogdon, Former Judge
Fulton County Superior Court