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Blog Archive - November, 2018


259 Articles

Personal Injury Claims for Bed Bug Bites in Georgia

November 30, 2018

The mere thought of going to bed and being bitten by just slightly larger than microscopic insets is enough to keep anyone up at night. Bed bugs average one millimeter to seven millimeters (or about 1/4 of an inch) in length yet they can wreak havoc on a person's life. Bed bugs only eat at night, usually right before daybreak. They hide in the bedding, furniture, and walls during the day. If there are just a few around, entomologists, or scientists who study bugs, say they will live closer to sleeping humans. However, if the colony grows, they will spread out around the house and find their living spaces in couches and chairs in the living rooms. A massive infestation of bed bugs emits a distinctive odor which is present throughout the house.

A firefighterfrom Chattanooga Paralyzed in Motorcycle Crash

November 30, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, TN- According to Newschannel9.com, Shellie Thorne, the Chattanooga Fire Captain who suffered paralyzing injuries in a motorcycle accident, is now out of the hospital and at home. Thorne was riding her motorcycle last July when a driver ran through a stop sign in Sale Creek and struck her. The firefighter was left paralyzed from her waist down.*

The Duration of Workers' Compensation Benefits Under Georgia Law

November 29, 2018

The length of time for which you can receive workers' comp benefits in Georgia depends on the nature of your injury. Valuation of a workplace injury in Georgia is a complex and often hotly contested issue. Injured workers have a right to demand all of the coverage to which they believe they are entitled. Unfortunately, employers can work to deny or delay your claim by arguing that your injuries are less severe than reported or your employer has some defense to paying your claim.

Autonomous Cars at Risk of Hacking

November 26, 2018

USA- Cso.com.au writes that technology is being increasingly added to new vehicles and that some of the features are giving pause to people in the security industry. Features like remote starting and remote unlocking could potentially present issues. While these features may help drivers cool off their cars in the summer or heat them in the winter before getting into their vehicles, the features also present risks. *

FAQs on Georgia Workers’ Compensation Mediation: What is My Role as an Employee?

November 26, 2018

On its website, sbwc.georgia.gov, the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation answers frequently asked questions about mediating workers’ compensation cases. Here are a few of the Board’s questions and answers. This blog article provides basic information concerning the Georgia Workers' Compensation mediation process.  It is not to be construed as legal advice and should you have any questions, contact one of our attorneys.

FAQs on Georgia Workers’ Compensation Mediation: What Should I Bring to Mediation?

November 26, 2018

On its website, sbwc.georgia.gov, the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation answers frequently asked questions about mediating workers’ compensation cases. Here are a few of the Board’s questions and answers. This article provides general information pertaining to workers' compensation mediation, but should not be construed as legal advice.  Should you have any questions, you should speak with one of our attorneys.

Serious Collision in Austell Caused by Speed and Alcohol

November 26, 2018

MARIETTA, GA- Patch.com writes that a serious collision took place in Austell. The crash took place when a 2003 Toyota Camry that was driving southbound on Crossing Creek Point veered over the center line and into the northbound lanes before traveling off the roadway and swerving back on.*

14-Year-Old Hit by Car Now in Serious Condition

November 26, 2018

WARNER ROBINS, GA- According to 41nbc.com, a teenager was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the street with his bike. Police report that the incident occurred at about 3:30 in the afternoon at the intersection of Green Street and Houston Road.*

Lawmakers and Nonprofit Look for Stricter Laws Preventing Distracted Driving

November 25, 2018

ASHEVILLE, NC- Wlos.com writes that lawmakers, community members, and AAA are looking to change North Carolina’s driving laws. The CEO of StopDistractions.org, Jennifer Smith, states that drivers are frustrated by distracted driving and that even people who use their own phones while driving are angered when they see other drivers on their phones. Smith says that now the state’s politicians seem to be on board with making changes to the laws.*

Pedestrian Killed in Jesup, Georgia Crash

November 25, 2018

JESUP, GA- Wsav.com writes that a woman tragically died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday in Jesup, Georgia. The incident occurred at about 1 in the morning according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was operating a 2002 Lincoln Navigator when he hit the victim.*

Driver Assist Systems Not Perfect According to Test by AAA

November 25, 2018

DETROIT, MI- Wsbradio.com writes that research indicates that electronic driver assist systems that are currently available in passenger vehicles on the market are not always capable of preventing vehicles from striking stationary objects or keeping vehicles from veering out of their lanes.*

Safer Roads Challenge Open for 2019-2020 Applications

November 23, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – November 7, 2018 - According to Smartcitiesworld.net the coalition Together for Safer Roads has opened its Safer Roads Challenge for 2019-2020 applications, according to an online story from smartcitiesworld.net. Atlanta, Georgia, is a former selectee of the challenge, which assists cities and communities in analyzing road issues and implementing solutions.*

Crash in Albany Involving Large Truck Injures One in Albany, Georgia

November 22, 2018

ALBANY, GA- Walb.com writes that a crash took place on West Oakland Drive last Friday, November 9, 2018. The police reported that a car rear-ended a tractor-trailer. At the time of the truck accident in Albany, Georgia, the tractor-trailer, driven by 31-year-old Brandon Richards from Cairo was in the centerturn lane. According to the police report, 21-year-old Breyona Pierce from Albany was driving a Chevrolet TrailBlazer and was headed east in the right lane. The truck began to make a turn into the Magellan Fuel Depot when Pierce drove into the rear of the of the truck.*

Debate Ensues in Atlanta Over Scooter Use and Regulations

November 20, 2018

ATLANTA, GA- According to 11alive.com, Atlanta is holding a public hearing about how to regulate scooters in the city. The scooters, provided by companies like Bird, are enjoyed by many people in the city, but they also are a source of frustration for others who feel that the scooters present traffic and pedestrian issues and are cluttering up the sidewalks because of the dockless business model.*

Fatal School Bus Accidents Lead to Petition to White House

November 20, 2018

USA- The miamiherald.com writes that several fatal crashes involving children at school bus stops have inspired a petition that is urging the federal government to take actions to increase bus stop safety. The petition was started “We The People,” which is the White House’s platform for petitioning the government.*

Safety Ratings Improve in Georgia Hospitals

November 19, 2018

GA- The statesboroherald.com writes that hospital safety report cars looked better in the most recent survey as compared to one conducted last spring. In the newer report, 26 of the state’s hospitals received “A’s.” In the spring, only 15 hospitals earned the highest grade.*

Scooters Becoming Trend in Urban Transportation

November 19, 2018

USA- The sfgate.com writes that electric scooters are becoming common sites on the streets of cities across the United States. The vehicles are creating some confusion as it is unclear whether they are legally motor vehicles, and the rules about where they can be ridden are not entirely clear.*

The Identity of Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash Released

November 19, 2018

BIBB COUNTY, GA- Macon.com writes that the sheriff’s office in Bibb County is searching for a driver where o struck and killed one person on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The victim, 51-year-old John Thomas was found dead on Ocmulgee East Boulevard at around 1:35 p.m., but according to the coroner, the victim had likely been struck hours prior to being found.*

Woman Died in Head-On Collision on GA. 20 Highway

November 19, 2018

COOSA- Northwestgeorgianews.com writes that a woman from Rome who was moving to Alabama tragically died from injuries that she suffered in a car crash on Ga. 20. The Georgia State Patrol reports that the victim, 62-year-old Vanessa Ruth Johnson, was heading west on Ga. 20 and struck another vehicle head-on.*

Car Insurance Rates for 2018

November 17, 2018

USA- Bodyshopbusiness.com writes that car insurance rates vary depending on the state. Insurance premiums range from a high of $2,239 in Michiganto $932 in Vermont. Michigan has been the most expensive state to pay car insurance premiums in for the past five years. Although Michigan is paying less this year than in 2017, the rate is still 64 percent above the national average.

Manfrom Monroe in ICU Following Vehicle Crash

November 16, 2018

MONROE COUNTY, GA- Mymcr.net reports that a man from Monroe County was involved in a car crash on Highway 74 early on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The victim, 29-year-old Harry Crowell was driving west in his Chevrolet Impala and only about a mile from his house when he crashed into a ditch.*

Crash Between Pickup Truck and Log Truck Kills Silver Creek Woman and Injured One

November 16, 2018

CEDAR BLUFF, GA- Coosavalleynews.com reports that a crash involving three vehicles killed one woman and severely injured another person on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The crash took place at about 5:45 in the evening when Gordon Kilgore, 78, drove his pickup truck into the rear of a loaded log truck. Helen Kilgore, the driver’s wife, was a passenger in the truck. She died at the scene of the crash from blunt force trauma. The report indicated that Helen Kilgore had her seatbelt on at the time of the crash.

High School Students Crash into Maroon Creek

November 16, 2018

ASPEN- The aspentimes.com writes that five high school students crashed into Maroon Creek on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. The students were in a 2017 Tesla X, driving north on Maroon Creek Road when the vehicle swerved and veered off the roadway. The vehicle became airborne, struck a tree, and then rolled into Maroon Creek.

Vehicle Strikes and Kills Pedestrian on J.R. Allen Parkway in Muscogee County, Georgia

November 15, 2018

MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GA- The ledger-enquirer.com writes that a man from Columbus was struck by a vehicle and killed on the J.R. Allen Parkway on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. The victim was identified as 32-year-old Richard Lamb of Columbus. Lamb was declared dead at the Piedmont Columbus Regional midtown campus at 12:55 a.m. The cause of death was blunt-force trauma, and the victim sustained a skull fracture.*

Driver Arrested for DWI Following Crash

November 15, 2018

VILLAS- The capemaycountyherald.com writes that a crash that took place on November 8, 2018, led to the driver of the vehicle being arrested for driving while intoxicated. The one-vehicle crash took place at about 1:42 in the morning.*

New Information Emerging About Crashed Indonesian Plane

November 13, 2018

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – November 2, 2018 - According to an online news report from wtvm.com, new information is emerging about the condition of the Indonesian airliner that crashed into the Java Sea October 29. The head of the Bali-Nusa Tenggara Airport Authority says the plane had been experiencing issues during a flight the day before.*

About Car Insurance Rates for 2018

November 13, 2018

USA- Bodyshopbusiness.com writes that car insurance rates vary depending on the state. Insurance premiums range from a high of $2,239 in Michigan to $932 in Vermont. Michigan has been the most expensive state to pay car insurance premiums in for the past five years. Although Michigan is paying less this year than in 2017, the rate is still 64 percent above the national average.

Single Vehicle Crash on Interstate 75 North Injures One

November 13, 2018

CANTON, GA- According to 13wmaz.com, a driver was injured in a single-vehicle collision on Interstate 75. Reports indicate that the driver, Ashley Stout, 24, hydroplaned and spun out across all lanes of traffic before hitting the inner guardrail. The vehicle stopped in the road’s center lanes.*

Overturned Tractor-Trailer Impedes Traffic in Miller County

November 10, 2018

MILLER COUNTY, GA— Traffic came to a standstill in the afternoon hours of Tuesday, August 21, 2018, when a tractor-trailer overturned on State Route 1, which is also known as Highway 27 near milepost 3. Law enforcement officers were forced to re-route traffic onto Bryan Road so that they could attend to the scene according to SOWEGALIVE.com. Fortunately for commuters, the Georgia Department of Transportation and law enforcement officers had the road reopened by 4 p.m. that afternoon.*

‘Dooring’ Can Cause Serious Injuries to Bicyclists

November 07, 2018

October 26, 2018 – (Straight.com) More and more people are choosing bicycles as their primary method of transportation today, particularly in larger cities. A gravitation toward more biker-friendly initiatives, like designated bike lanes and separate biking routes, has encouraged a growing number of people to hop on their bikes, instead of firing up their cars. And while cyclists have come a long way in their mission for varied, safe biking opportunities, they are still in danger riding down the average roadway.*

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