» slip and fall

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2013 – A new study shows that a better designed rear bumper on commercial trucks may save lives. Many fatal car passenger accidents occur when the car driver hits the backend of a commercial truck, and the truck’s rear guard protector does not adequately prevent the car cabin from being crushed in the impact. According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 70 percent of the more than 3,000 people who died in 2009 in large truck crashes, were not occupants of the trucks. The deaths were caused, […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2013 – New technology will allow cars more autonomy. Toyota has announced that it is working on technology which would allow its cars and trucks to communicate with each other while on the road, and with the surroundings. In Japan, sensors have been installed along the test site and in multiple cars; the sensors send out information which will help avoid collisions. Through images that appear on a screen for the driver, alarms that sound and automated messages, the driver is alerted to potential dangers and advised to seek alternate routes and avoidance […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2013 – Two U.S. senators are pushing for the FDA to take a closer look at the safety issues surrounding energy drinks. In response to a push by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the FDA has announced that it is now conducting a safety review of energy drinks currently on the market and may require labeling to disclose how much caffeine is in each product. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 13 reports of fatalities in the past four years that could […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2013 – A pharmaceutical company has recalled medication that may include specks of glass. Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals has issued a recall of a generic medication distributed by retail pharmacies of the drug Atorvastatin, a generic form of Lipitor, which fights cholesterol. However, the FDA has yet to formally instruct consumers to not take the drug if they already have it in their possession. Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling 41 lots of 90 and 500-count bottles of manufactured Atorvastatin Calcium in the form of 10, 20 and 40-milligram tablets. Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals has issued a simple […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2012 – A nursing home tragedy highlights the need for stringent safety measures. A 94-year-old woman in a wheelchair was outside Country Cottage Assisted Living, a nursing home in Decatur, Georgia, during a routine fire drill. Her chair brakes were presumably not set and her chair rolled away, down a hill and into a ditch of water. The woman, Elizabeth Street, died of pneumonia a few days later. An employee of Country Cottage reported that she discovered Ms. Street with cuts and abrasions, covered in mud, in the ditch. Ms. Street had been […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – While many small business bakers and chefs wish they did not have to rent expensive commercial kitchens, food safety regulations stipulate stand-alone food preparation spaces. This requirement has changed. Georgia’s new cottage food regulations took effect September 2012, and allow individuals to prepare items considered “non-potentially hazardous” in their own kitchens. Home cooks can then sell their items directly to the consumer, but cannot distribute them via retailers. The loosening of licensing allows items that do not need refrigeration, including breads, cakes, cereals, pastries, nuts, vinegars and popcorn. No meat, dairy, […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2012 – The upcoming holiday season means more sobriety checkpoints throughout Georgia. According to Spencer Moore, the Deputy Director for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, roadblocks have become an essential part of Georgia’s highway safety program. Moore stated that checkpoints have been an effective tool to deter impaired drivers and to raise public awareness. Officers are using the roadblocks to stop and apprehend drivers they believe are driving inebriated. The National Motorists Association contests the use of roadblocks, arguing that many roadblocks constitute unlawful search and seizure and violate the Constitution’s […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2012 – A new study by Swiss researchers looked at college-age “front-loading” or “pre-drinking:” the act of having a drink or two before heading out for the evening. The study, which included analysis of the behavior of more than 250 students over the course of five weeks, found that the college-aged individuals who participated in pre-drinking were far more likely to later drive under the influence of alcohol (DUI), experience blackouts, and use drugs. Researchers also stated that when the students consumed alcoholic beverages prior to going to the planned event, they tended […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2012 – According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are an estimated 11 million tractor trailers on the roadways. Those tractor trailers are traveling more than 250 billion miles each year along U.S. highways. With the sheer number of trucks on the road, it is hardly surprising that there were more than 275,000 truck crashes in 2009 involving large rigs. Those accidents led to almost 75,000 injuries and 3,000 fatalities. Tractor trailers have wide turn radiuses, slow stopping ability and, weigh on average more than 10,000 pounds. More tractor trailer […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – New Jersey Assemblywoman Amy H. Handlin recently proposed a bill to reform how medical malpractice complaints can be settled to address a doctor shortage and reduce medical malpractice rates. The bill, A-3293, is designed to offer injured patients, as well as their healthcare providers, the ability to use an “early offer” mediation process. Bill A-3293 would enable medical injury claims to be resolved voluntarily in lieu of a lawsuit for parties wishing to settle their complaint quickly and without legal support. Handlin stated that New Jersey continues to have issues attracting […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2012 – Motorcyclist fatalities in Georgia are on the rise, according to Georgia’s Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. In 2008, 12 percent of Georgia’s motor vehicle fatalities were motorcycle drivers, an increase of some 59 percent since 2004. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates almost 2,000 people riding motorcycles were saved by wearing helmets in 2008, and that more than 800 additional lives could have been saved, if those people were also wearing motorcycle helmets. Most serious motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence or carelessness of automobile drivers who do […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2012 – A tire tread separation was the cause of a multiple car accident that claimed the life of an El Paso, Texas man. The incident was just one of numerous high-profile tire separation accidents this summer. While regular tire maintenance is a routine part of tractor-trailer care, accidents due to tire failure still can occur. Accidents caused by tread separation, tire blowouts and tire failure, and can happen when one or more tires has a design flaw, or were manufactured with a defect. A tire failure can mean loss of control for […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2012 – According to a 2009 survey of the members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, some 90 percent of actively practicing obstetrician-gynecologists reported that they faced one or more lawsuits during their medical careers. OB/GYNs are some of the most frequently sued medical practioners. Even when expectant parents work with a well-recommended obstetrician and hospital to help provide care during the pregnancy and birth of their child, things can sometimes still go wrong, and medical mistakes can be made. Those medical mistakes may lead to a birth injury, bringing pain, […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2012 – According to a new study released by State Farm Insurance, one-third of teenagers polled admit to sending and reading text messages while driving. The report supported recent federal research which showed teens and other drivers below the age of 25 as a higher-risk group than their elders when it comes to driving and texting. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens; teens are statistically more likely to die in a car crash than any age group under age 80. Teens and texting is of great concern: the federal […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2012 – For the past decade in Maryland, plaintiffs have been barred from recovering medical liability damages if they were found to have contributed to their injury. All of that could change, as Maryland’s high court has agreed to examine that state’s contributory liability clause, which states that parties found even partly responsible for being harmed may not collect damages from another culpable party. The legal dispute prompting the examination started when a Maryland-based assistant soccer coach swung from a goal post, which then fell on him, causing multiple facial injuries. He sued […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2012 – Not even five percent of cases alleging medical malpractice will actually go to trial, according to a new study just released by the American Medical Association. And out of that small percentage, almost 80 percent of cases that do go to trial are found in favor of the physician, with a mere 4.5 percent of all cases ending in a trial verdict. “Our justice system is already well-equipped to handle medical negligence lawsuits,” said Brunswick personal injury attorney Nathan Williams. “The myth of a suit-flooded, overburdened system has been refuted by […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2012 – Several bicyclists were hit by a tractor trailer on a Georgia highway. Two from Jackson County were hospitalized and another died in the accident. All of the bicyclists were age 60 or older. The trio, all experienced cyclists, had been on a very long tour starting in Arkansas with an intended final destination of Key West, Florida. They were about two miles from Dawson, Georgia when the truck hit them from behind. The travelers were only about 700 miles short of their destination. The Georgia accident is being investigated by police. […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2012 – A three-vehicle collision in Fulton County injured three people, including a police officer, in late July. The accident took place near Cascade and Fairburn Road at about 5 p.m. (This area is near Cascade Corners and Mangum Manor.) The officer was driving a police cruiser going west on Cascade Road when he hit the side of a BMW sedan that was headed south on Fairburn. The impact caused the patrol car to catch on fire with the officer trapped inside. He was removed from the car by rescue crews and transported […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2012 – Jamal Anderson was known for his speed and navigation on the football field and was recognized as one of the best of his day. In late June, the former football player was found sitting in his car at a stoplight on Chamblee-Tucker Road near Interstate 85 around 4 a.m. He was unresponsive and his car doors were locked, so when police arrived on the scene, they had to climb through the sunroof to get to Anderson. They believed he was drunk, so he was arrested. Anderson’s attorney said he was tired […]


Continue reading full article »

Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2012 – An investigation into Georgia Highway Patrol wrecks showed that troopers were at fault in 99 automobile crashes involving their cruisers across the Peach State from January of 2011 to March of 2012. Some of the at-fault troopers were in multiple crashes and one trooper killed a woman on New Years Eve when his cruiser slammed into her SUV in downtown Atlanta. “The hard work done by the Georgia Highway Patrol probably prevents a great number of accidents from happening on our roadways, but there is no excuse for this many Trooper-cased […]


Continue reading full article »