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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is responsible for over 130 million American workers at over eight million job sites. Yet OSHA has less than 2,000 inspectors to monitor all these workers. That translated to about one inspector for every 70,000 workers. So, if you believe government inspectors can keep your workplace safe, you may want to think again. OSHA estimates that the Fatal Four injuries, which are listed below, cause most workplace fatalities.

When government bureaucrats fail to protect people, a Marietta personal injury lawyer usually stands in the gap. Our team not only makes workplaces safer by forcing companies to put people before profits. We also obtain the financial compensation these survivors need and deserve. They need it to pay medical bills and other final expenses. They deserve it because, in most cases, the workplace accident was not the decedent’s fault.

Falls

Frequently, a fall puts a person in a nursing home, and a subsequent fall keeps the person there longer than expected. Falls account for 40%of nursing home admissions, and 60% of residents fall at the facility. 

Understaffing and overcrowding contribute to many of these incidents. Groundskeeping and other such maintenance areas are often the first things to get cut when nursing homes have trouble hiring workers. Additionally, since the elderly population is expanding so rapidly, many facilities are almost constantly under construction. Construction zones are hazardous for older adults.

Falls normally cause very serious injuries. A Marietta personal injury attorney can obtain the compensation these victims need and deserve. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.

Truck drivers hauling certain consumer products are exempt from some HOS (Hours of Service) rules, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration.

The latest exemption does not expire until May 2022 at the earliest. In a statement, the FMCSA stated the extension was necessary, even though COVID-19 cases are dropping, since “persistent issues arising out of COVID-19 continue to affect the U.S. including impacts on supply chains and the need to ensure capacity to respond to variants and potential rises in infections. Therefore, a continued exemption is needed to support direct emergency assistance for some supply chains.” 

The HOS waiver applies to drivers carrying livestock, feed for livestock, fuel, most medical supplies, and most food and paper products.

Gone are the days where taxi cabs reigned supreme as the preferred way to get from point A to point B. An increasing percentage of Americans are using ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft. The ease and notoriety of ridesharing services has increased over the years, and it is safe to say that the percentage of Americans who use ridesharing services will continue to grow. The fact that so many Americans are turning to ridesharing services will likely lead to an increase in car accidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers. What happens if you are the driver or the passenger in a ridesharing service car accident in Atlanta?

Insurance Issues in Atlanta Ridesharing Car Accidents

The legal insurance requirements for typical Georgia drivers and ridesharing service drivers are quite different. Regular drivers must carry $25,000 per person and $50,000 per car accident of bodily injury liability insurance. They must carry at least $25,000 of property damage liability insurance per accident. 

Before the coronavirus pandemic, drug and/or alcohol impairment was a factor in almost half of vehicle collisions in Georgia. This proportion increased during 2020. Drug use, particularly antidepressant use, went up during the lockdowns. At the same time, DUI enforcement dropped off significantly. Bad habits, such as driving while impaired, have persisted even as lockdowns ended.

Compensation is often rather high in substance impairment wrecks. Arguably, these individuals know they should not get behind the wheel. Instead, they knowingly endanger lives and property by driving. Additionally, these wrecks have high catastrophic injury and fatality rates. Moreover, in addition to high compensatory damages, a Marietta personal injury attorney can often obtain punitive damages in these cases as well.

First Party Liability

Police are unsure what caused a serious injury collision on Interstate 20, but they are certain that the crash killed two people and seriously injured several others, including an infant and a teenager.

Investigators believe that a Chevrolet pickup swerved to avoid a Dodge Charger and slammed into a retaining wall. The Charger’s driver and a pickup’s passenger died at the scene. All injured victims, including the two children, were rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

A dog in one of the vehicles was also seriously injured.

Researchers at Nagoya University recently identified a gene that plays a vital role in regenerating the neurons of tadpoles. They conducted experiments on African clawed frog tadpoles and discovered that the gene helps aid recovery for spinal cord injuries. Medical experts hope that this discovery will help them develop better medical treatment options for spinal cord injuries. As of right now, there are minimal treatment options outside of physical and occupational therapy for patients with spinal cord injuries.

Injecting the Gene Led to a Partial Recovery

The researchers injected mice with the gene. Specifically, they injected the gene into the mice’s spinal cords and found that the mice who received the injection had partial recovery of their lost motor functions. First, the researchers analyzed the gene expression profiles for tadpoles regarding spinal cord injuries. They discovered that a gene called Neurod4 was expressed during the nerve regeneration process in tadpoles. They hypothesize that using this gene in mice could help aid neural tissue regeneration after an injury.

Shoulder dystocia (SD) is one of the most dangerous possible birth complications. When babies are too large to quickly drift down their mothers’ narrow birth canals, permanent brain damage is about five minutes away. The umbilical cord almost literally strangles the baby, cutting off oxygen to the brain. The brain responds by shutting down various parts of the body, usually starting with the baby’s extremities and then moving to more vital areas.

Medical teams have a set way to deal with SD emergencies. But the steps in the HELPERR mnemonic are often not very helpful. In fact, they often do more harm than good. If your child was injured due to medical negligence, a Marietta personal injury attorney can usually obtain substantial victims for these victims in court.

Call for Help

Some months ago, State Police and local highway authorities were searching for a large commercial truck that they believed was involved in a deadly hit-and-run collision. The truck accident occurred in the early morning hours on a stretch of road in Marietta. 

Georgia State Police believe that a yellow Volvo tractor trailer was traveling westbound and attempted to make an unlawful U-turn on the highway. An oncoming car struck and drove under the truck’s trailer. Tragically, the driver and the passenger of that vehicle were killed in the wreck. Witnesses say the truck pulled into a nearby parking lot before fleeing the scene of the accident. 

Georgia Law: Drivers Must Stop and Remain at the Scene of a Crash

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