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gripping-bus-steering-wheel | Personal Injury Lawyer

MARTA Bus Kills Pedestrian Who Was Using a Legal Crosswalk

In one of the more senseless MARTA accidents yet, a pedestrian has been struck and killed by a bus while crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd at H.E Holmes drive in Atlanta. It was about 1:15 in the afternoon on Sunday, June 7th — in other words, broad daylight, and not during peak commuting hours. The pedestrian died at the scene, and an investigation indicated that the bus had run over the victim. No identifying information has been released, except that the victim was an adult. Criminal charges have been filed against the driver. Deaths Associated with MARTA Buses Are Far Too Common This accident resembles plenty of others, in which the buses that are supposed to make Atlanta greener and more accessible have instead…

Person on a Gurney | Average Payout for a Head Injury

What is the average payout for a head injury?

What is the average payout for a head injury? If you or a loved one has sustained a head injury in a car or truck crash, serious fall or workplace accident, then you are devastated.  Not only are you spending hours with medical specialists, but you’re also facing lost wages, huge medical bills and an uncertain future.  If the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, then the frustration at getting your life back to normal can be even worse. If this has happened to you, then it’s time to talk to the head injury lawyers at The Stoddard Firm.  Your job is healing and getting better.  Let us review accident reports, examine the evidence and build a powerful legal case on your behalf.  You…

traffic jam | Truck Accident Lawyer

Georgia’s Heavy Truck Traffic Has Claimed Several More Lives

With its intense traffic congestion and high volume of long-haul shipping trucks, Georgia is a dangerous place to be a driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Right now, as businesses reopen and more people return to the roads, the frequency of fatal tractor-trailer accidents is also returning to its usual tragic level. “Spaghetti Junction” Can Be as Dangerous as It Is Frustrating The pictures that have been circulating recently of a fatal two-truck crash on Spaghetti Junction represent just one of a long series of deaths related to the second-worst traffic bottleneck in the country. This well-named interchange funnels together commercial and commuter vehicles and forces them to compete over complicated lane changes in a short space of time and road, leading to costly misjudgments. In a…

Child | Sexual Assault Attorneys

New Federal Standards Leave Private School Students as Vulnerable as Ever to Sexual Assault

The Secretary of Education has recently announced new changes to Title IX, a set of standards originally instituted to protect students from sexual assault and harassment in schools. In spite of many schools’ protestations that they won’t be able to institute the changes in time, while also changing school operations to address contagion risks, the new standards are set to take effect on August 14th. The Latest Changes to Title IX Discourage Sexual Assault Reporting Advocacy groups for sexual assault survivors, and for women’s equal access to education, object to the latest changes to Title IX for two excellent reasons. Firstly, schools regulated under Title IX can now institute a higher burden of proof before taking action against a student accused of sexual assault. Previously,…

Person looking out of their windshield | Personal Injury Attorneys

Georgia’s Roads Are Still Not Ready to Accommodate the Port of Savannah’s Increasing Capacity

For the past several years, the Port of Savannah has been working to expand its operations by upgrading its facilities, installing new equipment, and increasing its footprint. The problem is that improvements at the port don’t only affect port operations. They affect shipping traffic all over Georgia, which in turn affects the safety of everyone on the road. Improvements to the Port of Savannah Have Focused on Moving More Cargo, Faster In 2017, the Garden City terminal in the Port of Savannah added four new cranes for loading and unloading cargo, giving it the largest crane fleet of any port terminal in the U.S. It also announced its plans to add an additional four in 2018, bringing its total to 30. Once construction was completed,…

Wheelchair | Product Liability Attorneys

Profit-Driven Power Wheelchair Companies Put Medicare Patients at Risk of Falls and Fires

When discussing Medicare wheelchairs, it’s important to note that Medicare itself does not produce medical supplies; it only funds them. The actual suppliers and maintenance providers for devices like power wheelchairs are independent, for-profit companies. Some are honest businesses that produce safe products to fill medically appropriate prescriptions, but others exist for the express purpose of extracting as much taxpayer money from Medicare as possible, without regard for patients’ needs or decisions. Medicare Power Wheelchairs Are Overprescribed and a Popular Tool of Fraudsters Power wheelchairs are, or at least recently were, an ideal cover item for Medicare fraud, because of their many uses and high profit margins. The typical scam works something like this: The wheelchair company employs “patient recruiters” to acquire seniors’ Medicare numbers…

Workplace Fatalities Are on the Rise, Even as the Economy Improves

Georgia Poultry Plant Workers Face New Dangers Due to Coronavirus

Right now, while so many are fighting the spread of COVID-19 simply by staying home, others are still expected to risk exposure every day in order to perform in-person jobs that have been deemed essential, including jobs in the food supply line. Although there’s no arguing with the fact that a steady food supply is indeed essential to the U.S’s survival and recovery, many companies are using their “essential” classification as an excuse to disregard safety necessities and common sense, and treat their workers as even more expendable than usual. Poultry workers have always faced serious threats to their lives and wellbeing every time they report to work, but as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, Georgia poultry plant employees have particular reason to be afraid….

Gun on table | Product Liability Attorneys

Sig Sauer Refuses to Recall Its P320 Handgun After Multiple Accidental Discharges

Due to its habit of firing without its trigger being pulled, the P320 handgun has gathered a certain amount of notoriety for itself and its manufacturer, Sig Sauer. Stunningly, in spite of both empirical testing any multiple incidents, Sig Sauer has refused to issue a recall, or even acknowledge that the P320 is dangerous to its hundreds of thousands of users. The Defect Has Been Known for Years In 2016, the U.S Army adopted the P320 for use in the field, but not before putting it through a series of tests. These included drop tests, which revealed that the gun would discharge on impact at certain angles. Sig Sauer met the Army’s requests for a modified trigger mechanism to fix the problem — but only…

Airport Luggage Belt | Personal Injury Lawyer

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Is Not Doing Its Part to Combat the Corona Virus

In a time when thousands, potentially millions of lives depend on preventing the spread of a deadly pathogen, it would be reasonable to assume that the largest airport in the world would be the site of some of the most intense containment efforts — or at least some containment efforts. However, according to a recent investigation conducted by VICE Magazine, this assumption would be incorrect. Interviewed passengers reported “breezing through” airport security without receiving health screenings, even when arriving from high-risk parts of the world and showing visible symptoms. Some said they were asked about their travel to China, but not to other high-risk areas. Some said airport personnel gave them self-reporting forms but did not review their answers, and some received no forms at…

Person looking out of their windshield | Personal Injury Attorneys

The Corona Virus Could Be Making Amazon Drivers Deadlier

As the global COVID-19 pandemic keeps people indoors, the demand for delivery services has naturally risen. With its nearly 50% share of all online sales in the US, and a significant footprint overseas as well, this means big changes for the ecommerce giant, Amazon. Because of the overload of their infrastructure, Amazon has been refusing since March 17th to accept shipments of what they consider non-essential goods from their suppliers. To put that into perspective, after years of doing its best to dominate the supply of almost everything people buy, Amazon is currently turning business away. In a time when people are looking for ways to keep themselves and their children in good spirits at home, and when bricks-and-mortar stores carrying things like videogames, board…