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2011 September Archive

Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claiming Medical Malpractice?

By Wayne Grant on September 21, 2011 - Comments off

In Georgia, a medical malpractice claim is defined as any claim for damages that have resulted from the injury or death of any person caused by a healthcare professional’s or facility’s service, diagnosis, treatment, prescription or other care. A medical malpractice claim allows for a family to sue for losses and damages caused by the death of their loved one.

Knowing that it is possible to file a medical malpractice wrongful death claim is the first step, but knowing when to file a medical malpractice claim in Georgia is equally important. Generally, an action for medical malpractice must be brought no more than two years after the initial date of injury or death. Read the rest »



Preventing Intersection Accidents in Georgia

By Wayne Grant on September 19, 2011 - Comments off

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2009 Traffic Safety Facts, there were 2,210,000 intersection and intersection-related accidents across the nation that year. This is an alarming number considering many intersections have some type of traffic control device, whether it is a traffic signal or stop sign. In fact, 1,158,000 of these accidents occurred in the presence of a traffic signal. Why, when there are laws and devices in place to facilitate an organized flow of traffic, are so many people involved in intersection accidents? The answer to this question is a simple, yet disheartening one: negligence and disregard for traffic laws and the safety of others.

Every state, including Georgia, experiences a large number of intersection accidents. Unfortunately, because intersections involve multiple lanes of traffic that are traveling in multiple directions as well as crosswalks for pedestrians, these crashes tend to be more severe. Even though you can’t control the actions of others on the road, there are a few safety tips that you can follow to help minimize the risk that you will be involved in a Georgia intersection accident: Read the rest »



What are the Legal Size and Weight Limits for Tractor-Trailers in Georgia?

By Wayne Grant on September 16, 2011 - Comments off

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a large truck weighs more than 10,000 pounds and may either be a single-unit vehicle or a combination vehicle of a single-unit pulling one or more trailers. Although any truck weighing more than 10,000 pounds may be categorized as a large truck, most large trucks on the road tend to weigh much more than that. A large truck’s size and weight limitations are governed by both federal and state laws as there are both interstate and intrastate highway systems in Georgia.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) limits commercial trucks to a gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds on the interstate highway system. However, the gross vehicle weight is not the only limit. The weight distribution over the axles and wheels are also specified to prevent overloading and improper loading, which can cause the truck and trailer to rollover. Additional interstate size restrictions include a width of 102 inches and a maximum length of 780 inches (65 feet) or 900 inches (75 feet) as determined by the trailer connection. Although there is no federally imposed height restriction, most large trucks follow the 13.6 or 14.6 foot standard. Read the rest »



Amputation and Fall Hazards Prompt CPSC Recall of Phil & Teds USA Table-Top Clip-on Chairs

By Wayne Grant on September 9, 2011 - Comments off

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the voluntary recall of 54,000 “Metoo” Clip-on Chairs by Colorado-based Phil & Teds USA Inc. due to reports of fall and amputation injuries. There have been 19 reports of the chair falling from a variety of table surfaces, including 5 reported injuries. An additional three reports documented bruising injuries and two more documented children’s fingers being severely pinched, crushed, lacerated, or amputated.

Injury Causes

These injury hazards are caused by missing or worn clamp pads which can cause the chairs to detach from the table inadvertently. Furthermore, children’s fingers can be caught between the clamping mechanism and cross bar, posing an amputation hazard. The user instructions are also considered inadequate. Read the rest »



Georgia Sees Fewer Labor Day Weekend Traffic Fatalities This Year

By Wayne Grant on September 8, 2011 - Comments off

Holiday weekends, like Labor Day, have traditionally been some of the most dangerous and deadly for motorists. There is not only an increase in the amount of traffic on the roads, but also an increased number of drunk drivers. This year, fortunately, did not live up to last year’s Labor Day reputation, however.

According to the Alpharetta-Milton Patch, the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) counted seven traffic fatalities, across all agencies, this last Labor Day weekend. This number is half of the number of fatalities in 2010. During the 78-hour Labor Day time period, there were 435 accidents and 225 injuries across the state of Georgia, based solely on data from the Georgia State Patrol (GSP). The Georgia State Patrol attributes the decrease in fatalities, in part, to tropical storm Lee, which seems to have kept people off Georgia roads during the holiday weekend. Read the rest »



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