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After a slip-and-fall accident, make sure you know the facts

AdobeStock_82696473.jpegImagine you are at the grocery store. As you walk down one of the aisles, you slip in a puddle and fall. You are in pain and someone calls the store owner over. The owner asks if you are okay and seems very kind about helping you up. Maybe he or she offers you a coupon for your troubles.

However nice the owner of a store may be after a slip-and-fall accident like this one, understand that you could have a far less pleasant encounter if you decide to file a personal injury claim. This is because store owners can be liable for accidents on their property, and they may do or say whatever they can to make a person feel like he or she doesn't have a case.

What can a victimless accident tell you about negligence?

AdobeStock_125151677.jpgBridges and roads are an essential part of moving goods, people and material around in Georgia and the rest of the country. People rely on the roads and are at their mercy. If a person is injured by an unsafe bridge or road what happens?

That question can be answered, in part, by the collapse of the I-85 bridge at the end of March. Federal Authorities determined the incident, which resulted from a blazing inferno, is the fault of the Georgia Department of Transportation. The state stored a large amount of combustible construction material under the bridge.

Who is at fault in work zone accidents?

AdobeStock_90217786.jpgRoad crews have an important job to do. They keep the roads healthy and safe, but the job does not come without risks. These people work all day long, every day a few feet away from busy lanes of traffic. While they do take precautions, like flashing lights and bright neon colored work gear, it doesn't always prevent accidents.

Construction workers are at a high risk of getting struck by drivers. Across the country, of 2015, there were at least 70 work zone accidents per day causing injuries, with one fatality per week. In a work zone motor vehicle accident that injures a worker, their injuries impact their ability to make a living. However, their workers' compensation filing may not be as straightforward as in other circumstances.

Distracted driving study: Parents setting bad example for kids

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Being a parent isn't easy. At any given time, most moms and dads can be juggling play dates and grocery lists, and just trying to keep everyone safe and happy.

However, this tendency to multi-task could actually be putting children in danger in some situations. For instance, did you know that about 50 percent of parents use their phones while driving with their children?

Common hazards for warehouse workers

AdobeStock_110058765 (1).jpgWarehouse owners in the Atlanta area who prioritize employee safety will likely experience improved productivity, which will have a positive impact on the bottom line. However, not all workers are fortunate enough to enjoy health and safety protection in their workplaces. If your employer fails to comply with the safety regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you may have to take precautions to prevent injuries.

Various hazards exist in warehouses, and many Georgia workers fall victim to workplace accidents every year. If you cannot avoid an injury, you might find yourself facing mounting medical bills and be unable to work for an extended period.

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).

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