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  • Are there any other whistleblowers /Employment lawyers besides Qui Tam lawyers in Georgia?

    I reported child abuse to my chain of command, I have been getting harassed ever since, they have even removed me from cdc, for failure to report. I found out yesterday, this has gone to the head of DFMWR, and they still have not done anything. We...

    Melvin’s Answer

    I'm not sure what you are looking for. A 'whistleblower' and 'Qui Tam' lawyer are pretty much the same thing. That said, you MAY need to get a military lawyer - which I am not. You may want to re-state your question or even break it up into a few different questions. The fact that you are 'getting harassed' and 'removed from your position' may be an employment case; the 'child abuse' is more akin to cases we handle and for that you want a lawyer experienced in child molestation and abuse cases. As far as the 'Qui Tam' action - those are typically brought when an entity is involved in somehow cheating the government (eg. filing a suit on behalf of the government and then you get to participate in the recovery) or in some cases, in a private action. Perhaps the fact that it appears to you tht 'no one is wiling to help from ATL to Savannah' may be because the actions you presented were too broad. Take another run at the question, breaking it down into the parts you see as a cause off action and you may get some help.

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  • Do I need a Lawyer?

    My wife was in a car accident where the other party was at fault and cited.She suffered a broken clavicle which will require a plate and screws to repair.Full recovery time is expected to be about 4-5 months.What are my chances of getting a fair ...

    Melvin’s Answer

    Your chances of getting a settlement without a lawyer based on the facts you have presented are good - your chances of getting a "fair" settlement without a lawyer are slim and none. Insurance companies are easy to pay, but hard to get them to pay. If people could do as well without lawyers in these types of cases there wouldn't be lawyers handling these cases. Your best shot at a fair settlement is with an experienced injury lawyer who knows how to find the courthouse if necessary. There are no 'quick fixes' - get yourself and your wife a good, experienced trial lawyer and when the case is put together properly you will likely get an offer - then discuss it with your lawyer and decide whether settling or trying the case is the right course of action to take. Good luck and I hope your wife achives full recovery.

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  • Wrongful arrest/false arrest/ excessive force and police brutality and false inprisonment. I need an attorney please advise.

    I was arrested for a crime that later I was cleared on all charges. The officer enter my home with no warrants after said allegations that I stole a co workers phone. My arresting officer used excessive force although I was complying and took me t...

    Melvin’s Answer

    It sounds like you have a fairly good shot at a malicious prosecution claim against the accuser. The cops could also file criminal charges against your accuser after finding the phone your accuser said you stole in the accuser's possession (filing a false report is a crime - not something you can pursue, but they can if they feel like it). A civil rights (1983) claim against the police is tough - if the cop had a history of excessive force then maybe - but those are difficult.

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  • Does the statement of another doctor strengthen my case?

    I went to see a doctor in regards to having a hard time sleeping and staying asleep since being involved in car accident. I told her the situation along with the steps I took prior such as going to the ER because I believed I possibly had an concu...

    Melvin’s Answer

    Sounds like you may have a malpractice claim, but getting a lawyer to represent you is sometimes harder than you may think. First, not only do you need the opinion of a doctor with similar credentials, it is a must in many states (and absolutely required in Georgia). You need a doctor (with similar credentials) to provide an affidavit that the doctor you wish to sue breached the standard of care (in other words, not just made a minor error - but made an error that shouldn't have been made). Then there is the issue of damages - you have the burden (as the plaintiff) to not only prove the doctor malpracticed (made a mistake that simply should not have been made) but you have to prove that mistake caused your damages (and the value of those damages). Georgia, like many states, experienced something called Tort Reform which has driven the cost of proceeding against a doctor very expensive. If you don't have a very viable and liklely winnable claim with considerable damages, finding a lawyer to represent you might be difficult. Look for a lawyer who routinely handles medical malpractice actions.

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  • I would like to know if I have a case for Defamation/Slander? Please see below and advise as to my options, if any. Thank you

    I owned a restaurant that was located in the same area as a local grocery store. We could not figure out why the customers were not frequenting our business then finally as customers came in we were told that the several of the grocery store empl...

    Melvin’s Answer

    The simple answer to your question is 'yes'. Generally, a claim sounding in defamation (oral being sland and written being libel) must arise from a false statement and been made to someone other than the person defamed. It is also defamatory per se (as a matter of law) to accuse someone of a crime (which seems to b.e the case here). While 'damages per se' are sometimes automatic, it is a question of 'how much' and generally you have the burden of proving what your damages were. So you may have to determine how to prove what business you lost and what the value of that was. Not always easy.

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