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Boating recreation accidents and fatalities at Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier, created by Georgia's Buford Dam, contains water necessary to Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Each state demands preferential water allocation. There are, however, no complaints among the water war combatants regarding Lake Lanier's recreational advantages.

Activity on Lake Lanier occurs all year. The large, popular recreation area is easily accessible to the public. Locals are plentiful, and tourists from other states enjoy the cool water in summer for fishing and boating. The lake supports over 8 million users per year.

Do you have a herniated disk?

Depending on your profession, you may have concerns about the overall health of your back and neck. For example, there may come a point when you have reason to believe you're dealing with a herniated disk. This is a common problem among workers who regularly carry heavy loads.

If you find yourself in this position, schedule an immediate appointment with a specialist. Your doctor can perform a variety of tests in their office to better understand what's happening. They will check your muscle strength, reflexes and ability to walk.

Steps to take if you break down on the highway

Like many drivers, you may spend a good amount of time on the highway. While this is often the most convenient way to reach your destination, you may have concerns regarding your safety.

If you break down on the highway or begin to experience trouble with your vehicle, there are several key steps you should immediately take:

  • Move into the slow lane: As you move toward the slow lane, put on your hazard lights to alarm others that something is wrong.
  • Steer to the shoulder of the road: Since you don't want your vehicle to stop in traffic, you should get to the shoulder of the road as quickly as possible.
  • Don't get out right away: Your initial thought is to get out of your vehicle to assess the situation. If you do this without considering your safety, you're putting yourself at risk of an accident with a passing vehicle.
  • Stand behind a guardrail: If possible, stand behind a guardrail once you leave your vehicle. This keeps you protected in the event that a passing vehicle drives off the road for any reason.
  • Setup flares or reflective triangles: If you have these in your vehicle, set them up to give others notice that you're pulled over.
  • Call for help: In addition to roadside assistance, you can call 911 if you have concerns about your safety.

What’s most important to you when choosing a doctor?

When it comes to receiving medical care, everyone has their own idea of what's most important. Above all else, you should be completely comfortable with every member of your medical team. This will put your mind at ease, allowing you to focus on your health and well-being.

Although there's a lot to think about when choosing a doctor, a reputation for excellence is more important than anything else. With a well-respected doctor on your side, it's much easier to trust them with your health.

These things can lead to a workers’ compensation claim denial

Suffering an on-the-job injury is a big deal, as it can impact your ability to work in the future. This doesn't even take into consideration the pain and suffering, which will impact you in almost every other aspect of your life.

From your perspective, it's easy to assume your workers' compensation claim is cut and dried. However, there are several things that can lead to a workers' compensation claim denial, including the following:

  • You did not file the claim in time: Don't waste any time filing your claim with the appropriate party. In Georgia, for example, you have one year from the date of the accident to file a claim.
  • You did not report the injury: You have to report the accident and injury to your employer. Again, it's best to do this soon after the injury.
  • Your employer raises a dispute: Since a claim will impact their workers' compensation premium, they may fight back. A common defense among employers is stating that you were not injured at work.
  • You neglected to receive medical treatment: This mistake can cost you workers' compensation benefits. It can also result in additional bodily harm.

There is more than one form of reckless driving

With so many forms of reckless driving, it's imperative to understand the rules of the road and the steps you can take to follow them. If you break the law, even if it doesn't appear to be a big deal, it could cause a serious accident that results in injury or death.

Here are some of the most common forms of reckless driving:

  • Speeding.The speed limit is posted for everyone to see, and it's important to abide by it, as well as pay attention to traffic and road conditions.
  • Tailgating. Driving too closely to another vehicle is dangerous, as you don't have enough time to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Running a red light or stop sign. There are times when a driver does this on purpose. There are also times when they do so because they're not paying attention, often because they're distracted.
  • Illegal passing. There is a right and wrong way to pass another vehicle. For example, on the interstate, you should only pass in the left lane. On a two-lane highway, it's illegal to cross over a solid line.

3 mistakes to avoid after a car accident

Not all car accidents in Georgia result in extensive property damage and injuries, but many of them do. If you are ever in a crash, some of the things you say and do could end up being used to discredit your personal/car accident claim

Many people do not know or understand how to act during a motor vehicle collision. Things often end up more complicated when there are injuries. Not knowing the proper steps to take can make it difficult for you to receive the financial benefits you may be entitled to. 

Do you have carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you perform the same task, day in and day out, there's a strong possibility you could suffer a repetitive stress injury. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common, with this often setting in as the result of repetitive typing, holding a phone in the same position or gripping a steering wheel.

If you suspect carpal tunnel syndrome, it's imperative to report the injury to your employer and then seek medical care. Your doctor will take a variety of steps to determine if this is the problem:

  • Review a history of your symptoms, including any pattern of pain you're experiencing
  • Conduct a physical examination, most notably by testing the strength of the muscles in your hand
  • X-ray, which provides your doctor with an inside view of the potentially injured area
  • Nerve conduction study, which helps rule out other conditions that could be causing your pain and discomfort
  • Electromyogram, which measures electrical discharges produced in your muscles

How poor stairways lead to slip-and-fall accidents

Think about how many times throughout the day you go up and down a set of stairs. For example, many people do this at their office. Similarly, you may find yourself navigating stairways when shopping at a local mall, visiting a friend, or going to the doctor's office.

Over time, regular wear and tear can impact the overall condition of stairs. If the stairs are not maintained in the appropriate manner, there's a greater chance of a slip-and-fall accident over time.

Don't wait to take these steps after a car accident

If you are involved in a car accident, it's easy to feel as if your world is spinning out of control. From your injuries to the damage to your vehicle, you have a lot on your plate. Furthermore, if you've never been part of a car accident in the past, you may not have any idea of what you should and shouldn't be doing.

There are several key steps to take after a car accident, all of which can protect you and your legal rights. Here are five that you can't overlook:

  • Check yourself for injuries: As soon as you move your vehicle to safety, check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Don't be surprised by anything you find. Instead, take immediate action by administering first aid until an ambulance arrives at the scene.
  • Call 911: Even though police and an ambulance may arrive on their own, you don't want to risk it. Call 911, tell the dispatcher what happened, and let them know that you (and possibly others) require medical attention.
  • Wait where you are: Unless you were part of a minor fender bender, it's best to stay in your vehicle as you treat your injuries. Getting out, especially if you are still in traffic, can result in another accident.
  • Exchange information: This is not always possible, especially if you are dealing with the impact of a serious injury. However, if you have the opportunity to do so, exchange information with the other driver while collecting information related to the accident.
  • Receive medical attention: The responding ambulance can transport you to a local hospital for treatment. At that point, you'll better understand your injuries and the type of treatment you require.
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