Georgia Courts Partially Grant Official Immunity in a Wrongful Death Suit

Arising out of a wrongful death suit, the Court of Appeals partially reversed the grant of summary judgment for the defendants, and further defined what acts qualify for official immunity. Hill v. Jackson, 783 S.E.2d 719 (Ga. Ct. App. 2016). Richard W. Hill Jr., while in custody in the Fulton County jail, committed suicide. His daughter, Gabrielle Hill, sued Fulton County Sheriff Theodore Jackson, Nitosha Riley, Latessa Robertson, Milton Weaver, Charles Martin, Andrea Thomas, Charlene Dumas, Correctional Medical Associates, Inc., and Stephanie Bennett relating to her father’s death. Riley, Robertson, Weaver, Martin, and Thomas were employees of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and Hill

Georgia Courts Reaffirm the Strict Requirements of Ante Litem Notices

Under a divided opinion, the whole Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment to Whitfield County, Georgia, finding that the ante litem notification statute was not properly complied with. In re Estate of Leonard, 783 S.E.2d 470 (Ga. Ct. App. 2016). Plaintiff, Joe Leonard Jr. brought a negligence action against Whitfield County after he was injured while being transported by a County-owned bus. Leonard, 82 years old, claimed that the bus driver did not properly strap his wheelchair onto the bus and, when the bus took a sharp turn, the wheelchair flipped over. Within six months of the accident, Leonard’s counsel sent an ante litem notice letter to the County Attorney, Robert

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