A 12-year-old was struck down by a moving vehicle, near Simpson Middle School along Trickum Road in Marietta. The child was eventually airlifted from WellStar Kennstone Hospital to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta due to the severity of the injuries.
When a vehicle moving at even slow speeds, collides with a person on the street, the results can be catastrophic. Such a collision may cause permanent injuries and the need for life-long treatment. Read the rest »
Last summer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled over ten “winter products.” These items had defects that could be seriously harmful to a consumer. Because of the timing of this recall, these items may still be in use in households today. These products range from personal space heaters, to snow thrower and many other items. Click here to see a complete list of products and manufacturers that were affected by recalls recently: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/11/check-for-winter-products-recalled-last-summer/ Read the rest »
In Stone Mountain, a fatal accident occurred involving a mother and a child on Durham Park Road, near the Indian Creek MARTA station. According to authorities, a private utility truck struck a mother who was walking with her child across the street. The mother was killed and the child was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The scene remains under investigation
Criminal charges are not expected to be filed in this situation, despite the insufferable harm that was caused by this incident. This may seem especially unjust. However, the offending party can still be held responsible in a civil action which seeks fair compensation for the child’s injuries and the mother’s wrongful death. Read the rest »
One of the most unfortunate aspects of the medical industry is that the people we most rely on to guard our health and well-being often fail to spend enough time with their patients. There is no doubt that doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are busy, but a moment of inattention or carelessness can have grave consequences.
Patients need careful attention and thorough examinations, especially in order to diagnose and treat cancer. However, if a doctor simply does not listen to a patient’s complaints, refuses to order appropriate tests, misreads the test results, or forgets to follow up on a test, they can easily miss the signs and symptoms of various types of cancer. Doctors may also jump to conclusions and ignore signs and symptoms which are inconsistent with their diagnosis. Dangerous conditions which are reasonably possible must always be treated or ruled out. When in doubt, dangerous conditions must be ruled out. Read the rest »
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), the United States has reached the greatest number of people age 65 and older in census history. And the population of older citizens is only growing. In fact, it is projected that 20 percent of the U.S. population will be comprised of people age 65 and older by 2050.
The increasing population of elderly family members means that more and more families are turning to nursing homes to help care for their older loved ones. Unfortunately, that also means that more parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents are becoming the victims of nursing home abuse and their families don’t even know what the signs look like. Read the rest »
Throughout Georgia, there are thousands of drivers who have not taken a driver education class in well over 30 years. But a lot can change in just a few years when it comes to cars and the people who drive them. Every motorist can benefit from taking a refresher course, but according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), driver education is especially important for motorists in the 50-plus age group.
In older to help keep drivers age 50 and over in top driving condition, AARP provides driver safety courses both online and in classrooms throughout Georgia. These courses are specifically designed to address age-related changes that drivers experience as they get older, such as vision or hearing loss, and slowed reaction time. Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued an urgent warning regarding defective Takata airbags. The agency singled out drivers in particularly humid climates, including Georgia, stating that humidity may be a factor in whether the faulty air bag canisters may explode during a crash.
Since 2008, there have been reports of over 100 injuries and three deaths attributed to the air bags, according to The New York Times. However, the NHTSA did not initially launch a nationwide recall on the air bags, opting for a gradual, regional expansion. Read the rest »
The National Institutes of Health is currently conducting a new study on a drug called tranexamic acid that may help improve the chances of recovery after a traumatic brain injury accident. The drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
As part of the study, at least 10 trauma centers throughout North America will participate by randomly assigning qualifying patients to one of three test groups. One group of patients will be given the drug once at the scene of the injury accident, such as a car crash or slip and fall, and then again at the hospital. The second group will receive the drug at the scene of the incident, followed by salt water once at the hospital. The third group will receive salt water both at the scene and at the hospital. Read the rest »
According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an estimated 232, 340 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2013 – approximately one diagnosis every two minutes. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness this October, the Grant Law Office, P.C. would like to encourage others to participate in any way possible. Breast cancer awareness campaigns may have become highly advertised – the Think Pink campaigns are particularly abundant – however, that does not mean that breast cancer is any less of a risk to both men and women.
To help keep the message clear, we’ve decided to dispel some of the most prevalent breast cancer myths:
Myth: Only women can get breast cancer.
While the percentage of men diagnosed with breast cancer is considerably less than women, men are still susceptible to breast cancer. Men and women should conduct a breast self-exam every month in order to check for any changes, such as lumps, puckering or swelling. Read the rest »
Small, high-powered magnets are regularly used in toys and games. These small magnets seem harmless enough, but they can do significant damage to a child if they are swallowed. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 3,000 children required emergency medical attention between the years 2009 and 2013 after swallowing magnets. When multiple magnets are swallowed, they can draw together with great force pinching and piercing parts of the gastrointestinal system. Read the rest »