Victories and News

Atlanta Attorney Representation For Over 40 Years


Rowen & Klonoski have recently obtained the largest settlement ever paid by the State of Georgia for the family of a Georgia State mental patient. This case was featured on the front page of the Sunday Atlanta Journal Constitution on January 14, 2007. The article details, in over 3000 words and two full pages, the gruesome death of R&K client Rickey Wingo by Northwest Georgia State Regional Hospital staff. Quoting from the article "the state (of Georgia) settled the case for $850,000 - the largest payment of its kind in an abuse or neglect case from the state hospitals. Since 2002 the state has paid $239,000 to settle five other abuse cases from the psychiatric hospitals". This victory was picked up by National Public Radio (NPR) and has led to calls for a Federal investigation into the status of all Georgia State mental institutions. The direct link to the AJC article is "Part 3, A Fatal Struggle - But No Punishment" features the Wingo case.