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Premises liability cases now go to Georgia juries more often

It is not common that customers of a business face the danger of injury there. But when it happens, there is a body of law to offer comfort and help to the victims of accidents on someone else's property. This is referred to as premises liability law.

The bulk of cases in which these laws apply are slip-and-fall incidents, which are usually caused by an obstruction or slippery surface. Hard falls in grocery stores, hardware stores and other businesses can cause serious injuries with effects that can last for years.

Wrongful death lawsuit may continue against Georgia sheriff

From car accidents to industrial accidents, there are several ways to be injured or killed in Georgia. It is rare that someone else causes the death of another person, either through malicious actions or reckless behavior, but the civil court system stands ready to hear these claims from the survivors of victims of wrongful death.

The widow of a man killed by gunshots from sheriff's deputies during the execution of a search warrant filed a wrongful death complaint against the sheriff's office employing the officers at the time. The men reportedly broke into the couple's home and shot the victim four times.

Wrongful death lawsuit verdict challenged by defendant

Although people may pass away at any time for reasons that may not be preventable, people and organizations can sometimes be liable for a loss of life. This is why Georgia and other states allow civil lawsuits for wrongful death. Nothing can bring a life back, but liability may be found and financial damages may be available for the survivors of victims.

A lawsuit brought on behalf of a man who died of complications from overheating is possibly still active after a jury verdict on his behalf. Lawyers representing the defendant are asking a court to set aside the jury verdict because it allegedly violates Georgia law.

Do you know what reckless driving looks like?

Even if you understand the importance of safe driving, there's a good chance there are people around you who aren't taking the same level of caution.

Knowing what reckless driving looks like will allow you to pinpoint this behavior, all with the idea of removing yourself from trouble. Here are some of the most common examples of reckless driving:

  • Excessive speeding: Everyone drives a few miles faster than the speed limit from time to time. Excessive speeding, however, is reckless. For example, if the speed limit is 70 miles per hour, driving 90 miles per hour is a hazard to everyone on the road.
  • Tailgating: There's never a good time for someone to drive too closely to the person in front of them. If you look in your rearview mirror and can't see the car's headlights, they're probably too close.
  • Running a red light: When this happens, the person who ran the red light puts everyone else at the intersection in danger. There's a very good chance that this action will cause a serious collision that involves at least one other vehicle.
  • Illegal passing: There are many forms of illegal passing, such as passing in the right lane on the highway or crossing a solid line in an urban or rural setting.

Follow these sun-glare driving tips this summer and fall

Sun glare can cause you problems on the road at any time of the year. However, it's most likely to become a concern during the summer and fall months.

Here are several tips to keep you safe when dealing with sun glare while driving:

  • Wear polarized sunglasses: The keyword here is polarized, as these lenses are designed to reduce sun glare and reflections.
  • Use your sun visor: This can be the difference between the sun shining directly in your eyes and avoiding glare that makes it a challenge to see.
  • Leave more space: Sun glare makes it difficult to see what's going on ahead of you, so leaving more following space is a must. This extra space affords you more time to stop your vehicle.
  • Use your headlights: This sounds like a bad idea, but it actually makes it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle.
  • Clean your windshield: A dirty windshield can magnify sun glare, so keep it clean inside and out.
  • Fix windshield cracks: A cracked windshield makes it difficult enough to see the road in perfect conditions. This is even more so the case when dealing with sun glare, as a crack can magnify the intensity.

3 signs of a drunk driver

Drunk drivers put everyone else's lives at risk. Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol can make it impossible to safely operate or control a vehicle.

You may not always be able to prevent a collision with a drunk driver, but you could decrease your risk if you know what to look for. Spotting drunk drivers on the road could help you avoid them and call the police...before an accident happens.

Can you receive workers’ compensation for a knee sprain?

A sprain is not the most serious knee injury, but it can still impact your life in a number of ways. For example, a serious sprain will make it difficult, if not possible, to put weight on your leg.

A knee sprain is an injury to one or more of the four ligaments of the knee joint. These include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
  • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL)

Medical treatment for a dislocated elbow

A dislocated elbow is a painful injury that can make it difficult to use your arm for an extended period of time. This injury can be the result of many accidents, such as a slip and fall, fall from height or a car crash.

If you suspect a dislocated elbow, it's imperative to seek immediate medical attention. Your doctor can examine your elbow, test for additional injuries and explain your treatment options.

An Atlanta widow sues the Braves for her husband's death

A beer tap inventor's widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Atlanta Braves in Fulton County State Court on June 21. In her filing, she accused the ball club of being negligent in maintaining the door latch on one of their coolers. She alleges that their negligence resulted in his premature death.

In her filing, the Georgia widow outlined how her husband suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and ultimately suffered head trauma on June 26, 2018. She chronicled how her husband had been installing beer taps in coolers at SunTrust Park, the Braves' home field that day. She notes that he became trapped in one of them and died there.

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