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Safety Tips for Drivers - New Year's Eve

The holiday season means food, family, fun and celebration for many in our nation. Unfortunately for some people, a great night may suddenly turn tragic while celebrating. In America, 2-3 times more ...
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The Responsibility of Pedestrians In Georgia

From 1996 through 2003, 17,976 pedestrians were injured by cars and trucks in the state of Georgia. Of those incidents, 1,300 involved a pedestrian fatality. The worsening traffic congestion ...
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Medical Malpractice and the Statute of Limitations

Most of us here in Georgia come into contact with the medical community to some degree. We may have treatment for an illness or a procedure to remedy a condition, and then move on with our lives. We ...
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Reduction In Your Car's Value Due to an Accident

You may be aware that your car may lose value as a result of an accident (as is often emphasized by CarFax advertisements). However, you may not be aware that the insurance company is obligated to ...
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Should There Be Parental Liability For A Child's Facebook Post?

On October 10, a three judge panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals handed down a decision that has far-reaching ramifications for parents, kids and the Internet. In this age of cyber-bullying, the ...
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7 Tips For Staying Safe In Thanksgiving Traffic

Thanksgiving is an absolutely wonderful time of year. It ushers in the winter and often involves spending time with those we love most. Many of us join our loved ones by driving home for the holidays. ...
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Tips For Elevator Safety

Last year in Decatur, Alabama, a 41-year-old man was killed in a horrific accident involving an elevator in a hospital. The man was on staff as a maintenance worker and had been working on repairing ...
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5 Useful Apps For Dealing With Cold Weather

Polar vortex is so last year. Polar Plunge is the new buzzword, and it is coming to your neighborhood soon. The plunge has already hit the upper Midwest, the northern Rockies, and the Great Lakes; ...
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The Takata Airbag Recall Part II: Decade Delay May Lead to New Lawsuits and New Legislation

NEW INFORMATION MAY LEAD TO INCREASED LIABILITY In Part I of our discussion of the defective airbags supplied by the Japanese manufacturer Takata, research into the issue revealed that the Tokyo-based ...
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Prevent Bicycle Injuries

The amount of bicycling in Atlanta has increased significantly over the past few years. As traffic congestion also continues to increase, there are significant risks of accidents and injuries ...
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Georgia: Ground Zero in the Fight Against Ebola

Ebola. The deadly disease is on everyone's minds these days. West Africa is Ground Zero for the outbreak of Ebola and the epidemic that has followed. What may come as a surprise to some people is ...
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The Takata Airbag Recall

Takata is a Japanese manufacturer and one of the world's biggest suppliers of airbags. Lately, Takata has been in the news because of a massive recall necessitated by its defective airbags. The ...
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Police Body Cams

The shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, has triggered ongoing protests, led to investigations by the local authorities, the FBI, and the Civil Rights Division of ...
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Preventing Slips, Falls, and Other Injuries

With fall here and winter on its' way, it is a good time to review preventative measures designed to avoid slips and falls while at home and while out and about. We here at The Thomas Law Firm ...
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How Safe Are E-cigarettes?

Many people are wondering whether e-cigarettes--battery powered devices that heat liquid nicotine to create a vapor that is inhaled--are safe. But whether a product is safe can be very hard to define, ...
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Should The Minimum Legal Driving Age Be Raised?

The debate is not new. The question of whether the minimum legal driving age should be raised has been asked over the years in many states and many legislative sessions. Georgia introduced legislation ...
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Distracted Driving Series: Is the new Apple Watch a driving hazard?

Apple gave the world a peek at what could become the next must-have piece of technology, the Apple Watch. While it is true that various tech companies have tried--and failed--to market the smart watch ...
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Are concussions indicative of a culture of violence?

Multiple scandals have hit the NFL in recent years. The issue about how much the League knew and failed to disclose about the long-term damage caused by traumatic brain injuries and concussions ...
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Driving on Drugs: How America's Prescription Drug Epidemic is Causing Motor Vehicle Accidents

Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, typically invokes the idea of a drunk driver. But increasingly, the "influence" drivers are under is not alcohol, but drugs-- prescription drugs. Due to ...
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Sexual Assault on College Campuses: One Year Later

One year ago, we discussed the national outcry over the number of sexual assaults on college campuses and the rampant mishandling of the complaints regarding them. The statistics were alarming: 1 in 5 ...
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Electric Shock Drownings: The Hidden Killer

In April of this year, three children were swimming in the pool of their condominium complex in Florida when one child suddenly went limp after coming into contact with the railing by the steps in the ...
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Traumatic Brain Injury Part II: Sports-related Concussions

Part I of the Traumatic Brain Injury series discussed the most common causes of TBI and the symptoms and health effects associated with this increasingly common injury. Part II of this series focuses ...
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Traumatic Brain Injury Part I: Causes and Effects of TBI

A traumatic brain injury is defined as an alteration in brain function caused by an external force. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, have become a huge nationwide problem, so much so that in 2010 ...
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Distracted Walking: Distracted Drivers Go For a Walk

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving has received a lot of attention recently due to the increasing number of accidents associated with drivers who are texting or talking on ...
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The Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemic: A New Basis Of Liability Through One Of The Oldest Practices Known

Stephanie Greene, a 39-year-old former nurse and mother in South Carolina, suffers from chronic pain due to an accident in 1998 in which she fractured her skull and pelvis. She began taking various ...
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