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Doctor claims cellphones lead to a dopamine loop

A driver looks down at a cellphone, quickly checking a text message, and blows through a stop sign. The car broadsides a minivan with a family inside, putting two children and their parents in the hospital.

In the wake of the crash, it's easy to ask a lot of questions about just how important that text could have been. Was it worth someone's life? No one would say it was, and the distracted driver may even seem perplexed as to why they made that decision.

Think about your goals for a personal injury lawsuit

Being involved in a car wreck can start a chain reaction that impacts your family, social life and career. When you are facing this possibility, you have to consider all of your options. One thing that you can do is to seek compensation from the person who slammed into you. This is done through the civil court system and must be filed within a certain amount of time after the crash.

There are many reasons why you might file for compensation. While most people think these cases are just about the money, there is often another reason why people opt to do this – holding the driver accountable. Being able to have the person held financially liable for the damages is important, but sometimes, the money isn't a driving factor at all.

Colder temperatures can be risky for outdoor workers

Some workers will have to work out in the elements this winter. Even though the Atlanta area isn't as frigid as other areas, there are still risks that come with doing work outside. For some workers, long hours out in the cold or rain are common. In these cases, the employers they work for should have appropriate protocols in place to ensure that the workers don't fall victim to weather-related illnesses and injuries.

One thing that all workers outside should remember is that you need to use caution when you are walking around. This is especially true if there is ice or snow on the ground, which isn't often in this part of Georgia. Although you can't prevent surfaces from becoming slippery, that doesn't mean that the employer can't take steps to reduce the likelihood of a worker slipping and falling. Using kitty litter or salt to help melt the snow or ice and to provide traction can help.

What to do after a slip and fall in a parking lot

Slip and falls happen every day around Georgia. Although headlines like to focus on slip and fall schemes, the truth of the matter is that most of these incidents are simple accidents that can still result in serious injuries. 

Some people can trip and pick themselves back up and be fine. Others experience falls so severe people experience traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and spinal cord injuries. If you find yourself in the latter, you need to follow these steps to protect your rights and try to receive compensation. 

Know how to walk on wintry precipitation

Even though it doesn't often snow in the Atlanta area, it is important that everyone knows how to handle it when it does. Many people focus on driving in the wintry weather, but you should also know how to walk around in it since just about everyone will have to venture out in it at some point.

One of the most important things that you can remember in these cases is that you need to wear the right gear. Make sure you have on winter clothing to help keep you warm, so you don't have to rush to get indoors. You also need to have on the right shoes. Don't ever try to wear heels in the snow. They might look nice, but they don't have a good grip and make it easier to fall since you have to try to balance.

Rushing drivers can cause crashes this holiday season

The holidays are a time when people rush around for various reasons. For some, trying to get out of the cold weather is a priority. Others might be trying to grab presents or may be on the way to a special event. The one thing that is true for all of these cases is that the person who is in a hurry might take unsafe risks when they are driving. This can be very dangerous.

Nobody wants there holiday season to be filled with physical pain due to a car crash, but this is the reality for some individuals. If you are hit by a vehicle this holiday season, you should ensure that you get the medical care you need so you can begin the recovery process. We know that this might be a long journey for you that be accompanied by anger over what happened.

2 risks that come with a dog bite

Dog bites can lead to serious problems for the victims. This is due in part to the bacteria that is present in the dog's mouth. When the teeth penetrate the skin, the bacteria is pushed into the wound. You might think that a wound is minor, but an infection could be brewing under the skin. We understand that you have a lot to deal with after the bite, but you need to be aware about what is going on.

One of the most important things you can do after a dog attack is to seek medical care. Some doctors will opt to put you on prophylactic antibiotics as a precaution so that they can stave off any infection that might develop. This measure could prove beneficial for many people. We realize many people don't like to take medications, so you have to weigh the risks and benefits as they apply to your case.

Ground-level falls can be fatal for the elderly

The autumn leaves are beautiful, but they can be dangerous. When they are on sidewalks and in parking lots, there is a risk that they will cause pedestrians to slip and fall. This can be problematic for many people; however, the elderly are at a great risk of suffering from catastrophic or fatal injuries even from low levels.

Elderly adults who fall while on ground level, which means from a standing position, are more likely to suffer a serious injury than younger adults who have the same fall. People who are 70-years-old or older are three times more likely to die than others.

Take action after a game day wreck in Atlanta

Driving around Atlanta on NFL game days is often challenging. Football fans who are out watching the Falcons might not be paying close attention to the road. Add to this the fact that traffic is likely increased, and you have almost a perfect storm for a car crash. If you are the victim of a car accident, ensure that you take proper steps after the wreck to protect your rights as well as get the medical care you need.

When you are at the scene of the crash, be sure you don't say anything that might be construed as an admission of fault or guilt in relation to the accident. Even telling the other driver that you're sorry could be considered an admission of liability.

Parking lot safety 101: Part 1

One issue that people often overlook until an unfortunate event happens that results in property damage, injuries or death is parking lot safety. Unlike the streets and highways of Georgia, parking lots do not have many regulations or laws governing their safety. However, business owners do not always take reasonable measures to make their parking areas safe for their patrons. Those who do not make their premises safe risk assuming liability for parking lot accidents that cause harm to others. 

Motorists should not forget their obligation to operate their vehicles safely and responsibly also extends to parking lots and garages. Slower posted speeds and less traffic does not mean that there is nothing drivers should watch out for. Distractions, fatigue, inebriation, poor design and inadequate lighting are some of the many factors that compromise public safety in parking lots. There are also other issues that could arise that compromise your safety such as being robbed or assaulted. Before you head back out on the roads, take some time to review the following information on parking lot safety. 

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