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No Two Patients Are Alike – Understanding Standard of Care and Medical Malpractice – From an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

No Two Patients Are Alike – Understanding Standard of Care and Medical Malpractice – From an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

As personal injury attorneys as well as community members in Marietta, GA, we’d like to believe that doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals will always provide the right treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s just not the case.

Errors by medical staff can lead to traumatic injuries and death.

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Disability Benefits: What is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

Disability Benefits: What is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

Most people know that if they become disabled and cannot work, there is some type of government program that can provide disability benefits to those who qualify. The terminology can be confusing though—SSI, SSDI—what exactly are they, what’s the difference, and who qualifies? Here’s an overview to get you started.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

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Has walking become a precarious pastime?: Five key factors behind the upswing in pedestrian accidents

Has walking become a precarious pastime?: Five key factors behind the upswing in pedestrian accidents

Here’s a frightening statistic: Over 100,000 pedestrians a year in the U.S. are struck by vehicles.

Pedestrian injuries and fatalities are rising faster than ever before, according to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association. “We are projecting the largest year-to-year increase in pedestrian injuries and fatalities since national records have been kept, and therefore we are quite alarmed,” said an author of the study. Continue reading

Crying Over Spilled Coffee: How McDonald’s Served a Cup of Corporate Negligence

Crying Over Spilled Coffee: How McDonald’s Served a Cup of Corporate Negligence

There are few lawsuits as famous—or as misunderstood—as the “McDonald’s hot coffee case,” Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants. This case has been held out as the poster child for “frivolous lawsuits” and “runaway juries” since it was decided in 1994. Many people cannot comprehend why plaintiff Stella Liebeck would win her lawsuit at all, much less be awarded $2.86 million by the jury. Continue reading

Senior Citizens Prone to Falling Are More Likely to Experience a Car Crash

Senior Citizens Prone to Falling Are More Likely to Experience a Car Crash

It’s no secret that many people face mobility issues as they get older. Falls are a significant source of injury for seniors. What many people may not realize, however, is that falls are also associated with a greater risk of motor vehicle accidents in older adults.

A recent study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) revealed that older individuals with a history of falling are 40% more likely to be involved in senior citizen related car crashes.

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Motorcycle Crashes Are Up in 2016 – Causes and How to Avoid Them

Motorcycle Crashes Are Up in 2016 – Causes and How to Avoid Them

Over the past three years, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents has been steadily increasing. In 2015, 1,339 people were killed on Georgia roads, and 138 of them were motorcyclists.

Motorcyclists are almost 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in an accident and five times more likely to be injured.

The personal injury lawyers in our Marietta office often represent the devastated family members of motorcycle crash victims.

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Will your Uber experience be uber safe? Opening the door to common ride share concerns.

Will your Uber experience be uber safe? Opening the door to common ride share concerns.

Uber and Lyft driving services have skyrocketed, making the trend one that is commonly talked about and examined. With Uber you can get a safe ride or become an independent contractor so the company has become a hot topic around town.

In the Marietta and the Atlanta area, over 2,000 people are interactive with the local Uber Facebook page.

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The Calm After the Storm – How Settling Can Offer Solace After a Serious Injury

The Calm After the Storm – How Settling Can Offer Solace After a Serious Injury

She never saw it coming. The one-ton pickup ran a red light and plowed into her subcompact at an intersection, destroying her vehicle and her life dreams in an instant. Amy’s car accident resulted in devastating injuries, multiple surgeries, and ultimately, the loss of her leg, which was so damaged it could not be saved. Recovering from such trauma can take months, years, or perhaps never. Some things can’t be put back the way they once were. But on top of all the pain is the reality of dealing with the legal fallout from an accident. Amy knew she couldn’t handle it alone. She called a professional—a personal injury lawyer in Marietta, GA. Continue reading

Defamed by a Doctor? Caselaw Update

attorney-picWhat rights do I have when a doctor writes something false or hurtful in my medical records during a workers’ compensation claim? 

CASE:   Jasarevic v. Foster, A15A2218 (citation pending), decidedJanuary 26, 2016.

Mr. Jasarevic was injured at work, and the State Board of Workers’ Compensation determined that Dr. Foster would be his authorized treating physician. An authorized treating physician (“ATP”) has a lot of power in a workers’ compensation claim, because the ATP is allowed to make decisions about whether an injured employee is able to work, what treatment the employee can get, and whether the employee can be referred to other specialists. The ATP also shares his or her notes with the insurance company in most situations. So whatever the ATP writes about your case in his medical notes has a huge impact on the care and benefits that you get. Continue reading

Defending Against the Distracted Driver — Warning: It’s Not Just About Texting

Defending Against the Distracted Driver — Warning: It’s Not Just About Texting

It’s Saturday night in Marietta, GA. You’re cruising down the highway, eyes on the road, paying attention to your driving. Unfortunately, the other guy isn’t. Suddenly, another car cuts you off, catching the corner of your bumper and sending you into a tailspin at 55 miles per hour. Moments later, you’re upside down in a ditch, wondering what to do next.

First, call 9-1-1; then, call a personal injury lawyer.

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