Law Firm of Cochran & Edwards


Has There Been An Increase In Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect?
June 1, 2015 | Comments (0)

It is a sad event when any person is abused and neglected, let alone an elder person who is sometimes not able to defend himself. Abuse in neglect in nursing homes has increased and is continuing to increase, especially with the rise in the elder population. In fact, people over 65 years of age account for 40 million of the United States population. In the year 2016, there were more than two million cases of abuse and neglect that were reported. That number just shows the reported ones, while many cases go unreported. Just imagine how many cases of abuse… Read More →

Why Is Misdiagnosis Prevalent?
May 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

Misdiagnosis is a dangerous thing to happen to a person with a medical condition. Misdiagnosis can delay a patient’s correct treatment which can lead to their death. What exactly is a misdiagnosis? Misdiagnosis refers to a medical condition being diagnosed with another medical condition that has nothing to do with the condition that the patient originally has. The real question is how can misdiagnosis even occur with all the advancement in medicine and highly skilled/trained doctors? Well, we are all human. Mistakes will happen regardless of the profession that a person may have. In fact, misdiagnosis affects 12 million people… Read More →

What You Need To Know About Class Action Lawsuits
February 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

What is a class action lawsuit? Class actions allow one or even a few harmed individuals to represent a much larger group of harmed individuals in Court who have similar or common grievances against a defendant. Often, but not always, the amount sought through an individual lawsuit may be too small or may be too difficult to pursue. However, by banding together hundreds, thousands, or even millions of individuals through a “certified” class, small or difficult claims can be effectively and efficiently pursued. Companies who wrongfully “skim” a few dollars a month on their regular monthly statements billed to their… Read More →

Georgia Enacts Restrictive Non-Compete Law
May 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

ATLANTA –Georgia’s governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 30, to the relief of employers and franchisors. The new law was drafted to resolve a debate surrounding the validity of last year’s voting initiative in which Georgians overwhelmingly expanded the enforceability of restrictive covenants in employment and franchise agreements. The original act, H.B. 173, passed in 2009, provided guidelines for determining the reasonableness of restrictive covenants and established more lenient court review of restricting an employee in finding work with a competitor. Last year, Georgians wrote a ballot measure that gave businesses stronger ability to use non-compete clauses in employment and franchise contracts. Georgians… Read More →

What Are Some Forms Of Medical Malpractice That Can Surface On A Cruise Ship?
June 21, 2010 | Comments (0)

A medical error can occur anywhere where medical attention can be sought, even on a cruise ship. An injury on a cruise ship can occur through different means. No matter the cause for an accident on a cruise ship, competent medical care is expected to be given to all passengers of the cruise ship. If the injury of a passenger is made worse because of subpar medical care that is provided to them, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be brought upon the cruise line company. Cruise line companies are a business and focus on entertaining their passengers, but forget about… Read More →

Georgia Non-compete Reform Bill Hurts Employees
June 2, 2010 | Comments (0)

On May 11, Randy Edwards spoke at the monthly Southeast Franchise Forum breakfast on enforcing Trade Secrets and Non-Competes. The other presenters took the pro-franchisor side, and Randy (naturally) took the franchisee side. “At the SEFF presentation, I got out-voted 2-1 on what to say to the audience about the proposed constitutional amendment to make it much easier to enforce an unreasonable non-compete in Georgia. Obviously big businesses, their lawyers and lobbyists, are in favor of anything that gives business more power over their employees and franchisees. Despite the wording of the referendum on the ballot, “reasonable competitive agreements” are… Read More →

Motorcycle Accident Law Explained
May 2, 2010 | Comments (0)

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you may find yourself becoming overwhelmed by all of the aspects of filing an insurance claim for injury compensation. The same is true if you are a family member who has lost a loved one in one of these accidents, as you prepare to file a wrongful death claim. Motorcycle accident law is not like car accident law. There are distinct differences that pertain to motorcycle accident victims’ cases that car accident victims never have to consider or face. This is why you need the help and guidance of an experienced personal… Read More →

Slip And Fall Frequently Asked Questions
April 13, 2010 | Comments (0)

Answer: Although the term “slip and fall” can sound like plain English, there is a legal aspect to it. It is a specific case that occurs in tort law. It involves a plaintiff that is claiming that their injuries occurred on a property owned by another person who did not perform the required duty of care to ensure that their property was safe. The defendant might find themselves liable for the injuries sustained by the plaintiff. Question #2: What elements can lead to a slip and fall? Answer: Slip and falls can happen due to a variety of causes. These… Read More →

Atlanta Bread Ruling Explained In Franchise Times
January 1, 2010 | Comments (0)

Cochran & Edwards recently settled a case against the Atlanta Bread Company on behalf of its client Sean Lupton-Smith. The case has been closely followed by Janet Sparks of Franchise Times®. The case, which went all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court, provides both franchisors and franchisees with a legal ruling confirming two key points of franchise law. First, that a restrictive covenant, such as non-compete clause, must be reasonable and meet specific, well-established standards. And second, the presence of one void non-competition covenant in an agreement voids all other non-competition covenants in the same agreement. This second point… Read More →

Can I Sue My Doctor For Being Injured During A Dietary Restriction?
May 25, 2009 | Comments (0)

There are many procedures and medical conditions that will require a patient to follow a certain diet. When a doctor provides their patients with a plan to follow for dietary purposes, the patient must follow it accordingly. There are instances where not following the prescribed diet can result in the patient’s death. Likewise, when a physician does not provide the patient with the right directions and steps to follow for their diet, the patient can also suffer catastrophic injuries. Along with medical conditions like diabetes requiring restricted diets, different medications can require a person to limit themselves from consuming certain… Read More →