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Workers' compensation protects you in Georgia

Georgia's workers' compensation system is designed to protect those who get hurt or sickened while working for an employer. Employers carry workers' compensation insurance to prevent themselves from being liable for a worker's injuries.

Georgia's system is designed as a no-fault system of insurance. This means that the employer and private insurer will pay benefits to injured employees even when the accident was caused by the employee's actions or medical condition. There are some exceptions to this rule, e.g., if employees intentionally cause harm to themselves in order to make claims.

Seek compensation from uninsured and underinsured drivers

One of the primary questions that comes up when a person is in a car wreck is how they are going to pay for the cost of the crash. The answer to this isn't always easy. In some instances, you may have to fight for every penny that is due to you. This is particularly the case if you are struck by a driver who didn't have proper insurance coverage. Hopefully, you have uninsured and underinsured coverage on your policy (but all hope isn't lost if you don't).

We know that you might be concerned about every cent that you are spending right now. This might be even more accurate if you can't return to work because of your injuries. In this instance, there is a good chance that you don't have an income right now. You may feel like you are drowning in the bills that stem from the accident.

Beware of slippery entryways during big game celebrations

Atlanta is being overrun by football fans who are in town to see the big game. Businesses are probably happy because they are going to see more customers, but this might come at a cost. With the rain that is in the forecast for this weekend, those customers will be tracking water into businesses when they walk in. This can pose a risk for others who come into the building.

Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to very serious injuries. It is up to each business to take steps to reduce the risk that someone will fall when they come into the building. There are several ways that they can do this. One is to lay down mats that can absorb some of the water, but this might not provide a comprehensive solution since there is still a chance that they will become too saturated to be effective.

Mental health impacts of a car wreck must be addressed

There are many ways that a car wreck might impact your life. One of these has to do with your mental health. It is common for people who were in a wreck to suffer some lasting emotional trauma after the incident. In most cases, the intensity of the effects will begin to abate over the first few weeks. If they continue to get more intense or don't begin to lessen, there might be something more serious going on.

Some individuals who are involved in a bad wreck will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is usually associated with accidents that led to catastrophic injuries or death. It is also more common in individuals who had other mental health challenges prior to the crash.

Steps you need to take after a hit and run

Anyone involved in a car accident needs to pull over to the side of the road after colliding with another vehicle. Many times, there are various ways for the police to find evidence, and they will arrest anyone who committed a hit and run, such as one Georgia woman whom police arrested for a fatal hit and run on Christmas Eve. 

Even a minor accident can result in serious injuries. You may feel hurt after a car accident, and to your dismay, see the other car drive away. While infuriating, you need to remain calm in this instance. Here are the steps to take to try to get the insurance company to cover your injuries. 

Take dog bite injuries seriously, seek compensation quickly

Dog bites are devastating injuries in some cases because you have to deal with two different types of injuries – the puncture wound and the pressure-related tissue damage. This can make healing from an attack very painful. On top of all of this, you also have to worry about the possibility of infection.

When a dog bites you, the bacteria that is on its teeth is introduced into the puncture wound. This is problematic because the puncture wound is dark, moist and warm, which is a perfect environment for bacteria to breed. For this reason, some doctors prescribe antibiotics to stave off any infections that might occur.

Knee injuries can impact the rest of your life

People who are at work need to ensure that they aren't doing anything that is going to cause an injury to themselves. Of course, the onus is on the employer to ensure that employees have what they need to stay safe. Sometimes, normal job duties might be hazardous and might lead to injuries.

One particular injury that can be troublesome is a knee injury. When you have an injury to the knee, you probably won't be able to walk, which could make life difficult. There are several ways that this type of injury might occur.

  • Lifting: Trying to lift too much weight or using improper lifting techniques can put your knees at risk. Ideally, employers who know employees will have to lift heavy or bulky items will have assistive devices that can help with the task.
  • Climbing: If you have to climb a ladder or up onto anything else, make sure that you are going down carefully. Take one rung at a time. Never jump down because the force of you hitting the ground can lead to you damaging your knee.
  • Kneeling: Some jobs, such as laying floors and landscaping, come with time on the knees. Always use proper padding to help protect your knees. Additionally, get up and move around some while you are working so that you aren't keeping your knees in one position for too long.

Car wreck? Hold the liable driver accountable for the damages

Being involved in a car accident is a very stressful event. Unfortunately, the stress doesn't end when you leave the scene. The days and weeks following the crash can often be just as stressful, especially if you are seriously injured. In this case, you have to deal with the mental impacts, but also the physical effects of the incident.

We realize that you probably had a full schedule of things to take care of before the wreck. Having to deal with things like doctor appointments and other stuff related to the crash just adds more to your day. This can be very difficult for you and is complicated by the effects of the injuries.

At-work concussions can be serious injuries

Many workers are at risk of suffering from a head injury. In the retail or restaurant industry, there is a chance of objects falling from overhead and landing on the top of the workers' heads. One of the possible injuries that can occur is a concussion. This might be thought of as a minor injury, but it can actually be very serious.

If you are hit on the head with anything at work, you need to pay close attention to how you are feeling. There are many signs that you need to watch for if you have this happen.

  • Persistent headache
  • Feeling confused or in a fog
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue

What to do if you were hit by a drunk driver

No one should ever get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. In some cases, this inebriation leads to a collision, which happened when one Richmond resident struck two parked cars after a night of drinking. Fortunately, no one sustained injuries, but this instance could have ended much worse. 

Eventually, you may find yourself a victim of a car accident. These collisions happen every day in Georgia. You may naturally feel angry and confused, and those emotions will only heighten if it is apparent the other driver is under the influence of alcohol. Here are the steps to take when you believe a drunk driver caused the crash. 

Contact a Rome, Georgia, Car/Truck Accident Attorney

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