emergency-medicine-ER-vermont-find-a-doctorImmediately following an accident most injured parties seek emergency medical care.  Unfortunately, it is not unusual for an injured person to avoid scheduling follow-up treatment.  Either a person without medical insurance is concerned about accumulating additional medical bills, or they are afraid to miss work.  Regardless of the reason, not getting treatment in the days or weeks following an accident can negatively affect your case.  The importance of receiving post-accident follow-up medical care cannot be stressed enough.

Following Medical Advice

Instructions regarding follow-up medical care are usually provided at the end of an emergency room visit.  The attending physician or the nurse responsible for your care will explain what type of specialist should be seen or provide instructions for seeing a primary care physician.  These instructions are also included on any discharge notes and become part of your medical record.

According to an article in the Norcross Patch, just last week a Gwinnett police officer seriously injured two pedestrians when the officer’s car left the roadway, drove up on the curb, and struck the pedestrians who has been walking on the sidewalk. One pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, while the other pedestrian’s injuries are reported as not life-threatening. This pedestrian accident is a strange one because there is currently no explanation as to why the accident occurred. How and why the officer left the roadway is currently under investigation, the outcome of which will likely have a big impact on the pedestrians’ personal injury lawsuit, should they choose to sue.

At first glance, one might assume that the police officer who was driving will automatically be held legally liable if there is a resulting lawsuit. But is this always the case? In automobile-pedestrian accidents is the driver always at fault? Can the pedestrian ever be liable? This article provides a brief overview of the laws in Georgia that generally apply in pedestrian accidents and seeks to explain how pedestrians in Georgia can in fact be legally liable, either partially or wholly, in automobile-pedestrian accidents.

How is Fault Determined in an Automobile-Pedestrian Accident?

The injury of a child is frightening and emotionally draining for both the child involved and their parents.  Though all parents work hard to protect their children, sometimes accidents still occur.  Common situations that lead to the injury of a minor child include:

  •         Premises slip and falls
  •         Defective items

atv-accidentAll-terrain vehicles or ATVs are popular in Georgia, particular in rural areas where these vehicles are used on farms, for hunting, or are sometimes just ridden for fun. Many individuals fail to appreciate that ATVs are dangerous and easy to crash. Statistics indicate that more than 130,000 injuries were caused by ATV accidents in 2012 with more than 550 adults and 140 children dying as the result of ATV accidents that same year. Individuals who are injured in an ATV accident frequently find it essential to retain the services of a skilled attorney who is experienced in helping individuals who have been injured in similar ways. If you have been injured in an ATV accidents due to the negligence of another party, a skilled attorney will be able to make sure that you receive the financial compensation that you deserve.

The Danger Presented by ATVs

The National Trauma Data Bank reports that ATVs are more dangerous than dirt bikes and are often just as dangerous on motorcycles. Many ATVs are intended for use by a single operator and are not designed to carry passengers. ATVs are also not designed to travel on paved roads. ATVs in Georgia are also dangerous due to lack of regulations and safety precautions and there is no state agency tasked with regulating ATV use. Also, because nearly all ATVs lack a cab or cage, ATV rollovers are more likely to cause serious injuries and even fatalities. Individuals should also be aware that three wheel ATVs are particularly dangerous. Due to the risk of three wheel ATVs rolling overs, these vehicles were removed from the market and manufacturers stopped producing three wheel ATVs. Statistics still suggest, however, that an estimated 2.4 million three-wheelers still remain in use today.

On Tuesday January 3, 2th017 a five-year-old girl was attacked by a neighbor’s three pit bulls after the dogs escaped through an opening in their owner’s fence.  The child received emergency treatment for bites to her face, shoulders, and legs.  Two weeks later another five-year-old girl was seriously injured and listed in critical condition after being attacked by three dogs.  During that same attack a six-year-old boy was killed.  These recent dog attacks raise concerns regarding Georgia dog owner liability and what can be done to protect small children from similar attacks.

Dog Bite Statistics

Unfortunately, dog attacks are not rare and the majority of the time these attacks involve young children.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur annually.  It is estimated that 1,000 people are bitten by dogs each day.  Children between the ages of five and nine are at the greatest risk of receiving serious injuries related to dog bites.  Approximately 81 percent of all dog attacks involve children, 86 percent of all dog attacks cause bodily harm or maiming, and 76 percent of dog attacks result in fatalities.

As we are beginning to understand through frequent news coverage and popular true-life films such as “Concussion,” serious brain injuries are more common than we think and can have long-term life-altering effects.

A brain injury is an injury caused by a blow or other traumatic impact to the head or body. If you have ever lost consciousness after suffering a blow to the head or even felt dizzy or nauseous after such a blow, you have experienced a brain injury. Injuries can manifest different degrees of damage, depending the force and source of impact and other circumstances. Brain injury severity can range from a brief change in consciousness to an extended period of severe unconsciousness or memory loss.

The Centers for Disease Control report that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to about 30% of all injury deaths in the United States. Those who survive a TBI can suffer effects lasting a few days to disabilities that can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, vision or hearing, or emotional stability.

timeYou have been seriously injured in an accident, and understandably you have focused on your medical care and physical and mental recovery. But as time moves on, and the hospital, doctor, therapy, and other medical services bills start to arrive in your mailbox, you realize that you’re going to need some financial help. You may think, it’s time to consider asking the person responsible for your injuries help pay your medical costs and cover the income you’ve lost due to your injuries.

Time is critical

It’s important for you to understand that the law does not allow you indefinite time to pursue your legal remedies. Personal injury matters are torts. Torts are wrongful acts that cause injury to a  person or property for which the injured party may be compensated. Limitations are imposed on tort actions that fix the time during which an injured person can file a lawsuit against a wrongdoer. The limits are called statutes of limitation, and every state has laws providing the time period for various causes of action.

As views toward women and their place in the world have evolved over the past several decades,violence attitudes toward domestic violence have radically changed from indifference and apathy. Today, most state legislatures have enacted laws enabling victims to take legal action against abusers and law enforcement to restrain, prosecute, and imprison abusers.

Much of the change can be attributed to news coverage of shocking cases of domestic abuse and the women’s movement, which focused a glaring light on how damaging and dangerous such behavior can be. Also, in increasing numbers, males are victims of domestic violence too.

If you have been arrested and charged with domestic violence in Georgia, be aware that law enforcement takes these allegations seriously and you are facing the possibility of harsh penalties if you are found guilty. Even before your case comes to trial, the person with whom you may have had a domestic altercation can petition the court for a protective order restraining you from contacting or coming in close proximity to him or her.

You catch viral videos online showing customers engaging in physical fights over Black Friday sale items. On television reality programs housewives and others get right up in each other’s faces to shout profanities and pull hair and punch one another. These altercations are shocking and sadly sometimes presented as entertainment, but they also are incidents of assault and battery.

You may be familiar with assaults and batteries as criminal offenses. But if you are assaulted or battered you may have a legal case for a civil assault and battery. Keep in mind that the harm you suffered did not have to be at the hands of a stranger. As demonstrated in the examples given above, you can be assaulted or battered by someone you know—a coworker, a neighbor, a family member.

Civil case vs. criminal case