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Does crash-prevention technology reduce distracted driving?

AdobeStock_159244512.jpgDistracted driving is nothing new. For as long as people in Georgia have been driving, they have been finding other things to do behind the wheel -- fiddling with the radio, eating or even talking with passengers. Most of the discussions on distracted driving might revolve around cell phones, but they are certainly not the only culprit.

Car manufacturers are trying to make the roads safer by installing crash prevention technology in their vehicles. Your own car may have a warning system that alerts you to potential collisions. As a safe driver, you know that it takes more than a warning system to prevent accidents, but for many people they have little to no effect.

What damages could you pursue after an accident?

AdobeStock_55325129.jpgThough car accidents are common events, each one has tremendous impacts on the individuals involved. During your lifetime, you may have already been involved in one or more crashes that left you shaken or injured. Unfortunately, no matter how many times this happens to you, dealing with the aftermath does not get easier.

In fact, if you have been in a recent accident in which you suffered serious injuries, you may find yourself in one of the most difficult predicaments of your life.

Possible Defenses and Complications in an Atlanta Workers' Compensation Case

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It seems like an Atlanta workers' compensation case should be fairly straightforward - if you get hurt at work, you get benefits, right?

Although workers' compensation was designed to make things easier for employees who are injured on the job by taking the case out of the court system and providing for benefits that begin immediately after an injury or shortly thereafter, not every case is "easy."

I Think My Car Accident was Caused by a Defect in My Vehicle. What Should I Do?

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Q: I was recently involved in a one-vehicle car wreck in Georgia. I'm still not sure exactly what happened, but I think something might have been wrong with my car. What should I do?

A: You should contact an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney as soon as possible. In the meantime, it is extremely important that you preserve any and all evidence associated with the accident, including the vehicle itself.

When Will I Start Receiving Lost Wage Benefits in a Georgia Workers' Compensation Case?

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I was hurt at work. How long will it take for me to start receiving workers' compensation benefits?

That depends. In an Atlanta workers' compensation case in which your employer and its insurance company agree that your claim is compensable, medical benefits are available as soon as you report your injury (although you will have to follow the rules requiring you to see a company doctor).

Understanding How Uninsured Motorist Insurance Factors Into a Car Accident Case

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I was in a crash in Georgia recently, and it doesn't look like the other driver had insurance. I asked for full coverage when I took out my policy, so I'm covered, right?

That depends upon what you mean by "full coverage." Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a serious auto accident to drive home the importance of understanding exactly what is - and, more importantly, what is not - covered under one's automobile accident insurance policy.

My Doctor Says I Need Surgery, But Workers Comp Won't Approve It

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Q: I was hurt at work. Does my employer have to pay for my medical expenses?

A: This is a more complicated issue than it may initially seem. In an Atlanta workers' compensation case, an employee may be entitled to paid medical care, but only if certain conditions are met, such as the employee giving the employer timely notice of the accident and seeing a physician who is authorized by the employer or its workers' compensation carrier.

How Long Do I Have to File My Personal Injury Case?

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Q: I was hurt because of somebody else's negligence. How long do I have to sue?

A: While it's always best to consult with an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney about your particular case, the general statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years under Georgia Code ยง 9-3-33. However, depending upon the type of case (and other factors), the time for making a claim could be significantly shorter.

I Hurt My Back at Work Today. What Should I Do?

photo_36295_20150217-1-210x300.jpgQ: I hurt my back at work today while attempting to move a heavy piece of equipment. I didn't tell anyone at work about it because I didn't think it was that serious. Now that I am home, however, my back pain has gotten much worse. What should I do?

A: The first step in any Atlanta workers' compensation claim is to give notice to one's employer. There is also a claim form (called a WC-14 form, available online through the State Board of Workers' Compensation website) that must be submitted in order to formally protect an employee's legal rights.

Duplicative Claims Dismissed in Car Accident Case Involving Police Officer

police-cruiser-300x222.jpg Generally speaking, when an Atlanta car accident is caused by the negligence of someone who is "on the clock" with their employer, the employer can be held vicariously liable for the resulting injuries to the plaintiff.

There are some exceptions to this general rule, and the defendant in a given case may have a good argument that it should not be held liable under a certain set of facts.

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