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What To Do After Being Rear-Ended in Georgia

You are driving on a congested Atlanta highway and traffic slows to a stop. You glance anxiously in your rear-view mirror at the car that has been tailgating you. Then that car slams into you. Or you are at a stoplight and the vehicle approaching from behind doesn’t stop in time, plowing violently into your car. Unfortunately, careless accidents like these happen all too often and cause serious injuries and financial distress to victims. In many of these accidents, the driver who crashes i...

Industrial Safety Starts with Responsible Machine Engineering

There’s no doubt that the meatpacking industry — and indeed all manufacturing industries — could be doing more to ensure worker safety. However, this responsibility does not rest on the shoulders of packing plant owners alone. After all, industrial facilities don’t create their equipment from scratch. Most pieces of industrial equipment are off-the-shelf units, which are mass produced, assembled, and installed by third-party companies. Management at a specific facility might not even know ...

“Do No Harm” Should Be a Guiding Principle of the Medical Supply Industry

Medical treatment should always be harmless, or at least calculated to minimize risk while giving the patient the best possible chance at their desired outcome. Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel study this ideal and its nuances in school. However, there are some medical treatment risks that doctors and nurses don’t control — their equipment suppliers do. Legally, product manufacturers of all kinds are bound by this same basic ethical principle. If a product has the potential to...

Falling Hazards and Heavy Machinery Can Be a Deadly Workplace Combination

Falling from heights and getting caught in heavy machinery are two of the most common causes of serious workplace injuries, especially for people in the construction industry. Naturally, tall pieces of machinery with open tops can pose both dangers at once, especially if workers must stand near the top of the machine during the course of normal use. Companies that design and distribute large industrial hoppers, mixers, tanks, etc. should be fully aware of how especially hazardous they c...

Can You Sue for a Back Injury at Work?

Suffering a back injury at work could mean serious pain, debilitation, and significant time off the job. With no money coming in, the potential for financial ruin for an injured worker is often high. Fortunately, workers’ compensation is available in most cases, but it is often not enough to completely cover an injured worker’s losses. This leads many to wonder: Can you sue an employer for a back injury? Can You Sue an Employer for a Back Injury at Work? In most cases, the answer to the...

Construction Operations Have a Duty to Keep Underage Workers Out of Danger

For many young people with a passion for power tools, machinery, and the satisfaction of building things, getting to work on a real construction site is an exciting milestone. Unfortunately, construction is one of the most dangerous professions in the U.S, and the dangers that exist for adults are often even greater for minors. Teenagers’ brains and bodies are not yet fully developed. Because of this, they’re more likely to act impulsively, underestimate risk, and have physical difficulty ...

Landlords and Maintenance Companies Share Responsibility for Elevator Accidents

Any time you walk into a building in Georgia and see an elevator, you’re looking at a collaboration between at least two separate organizations, usually more. First, there’s the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, which is responsible for performing regular inspections on all licensed elevators in Georgia. Typically, there’s also a private company providing regular maintenance, to make sure the elevator stays in compliance and can pass its inspections. Then, there’s the...

Hidden Defects in Gas Stoves Can Lead to Devastating Home Accidents

Cooking accidents are the single most common cause of residential fires in the U.S. Some of those accidents result from user error — falling asleep with a pot on the stove, trying to extinguish oil with water, etc. However, even with perfect use, gas stoves and the gas lines they’re connected to are delicate systems, designed to burn an invisible, poisonous, and explosive substance in a controlled manner. Subtle damage, or a slight design flaw, can be enough to derail that control and lead...

How much should I settle for with a back injury?

You've suffered a back injury that has caused pain and discomfort and disrupted your daily life. Now you're exploring your options for compensation to help pay for medical bills and make up for lost wages. As a Georgia resident, you have the right to pursue legal action against the party responsible for your injury. However, determining how much your claim is worth and negotiating a fair settlement can be complicated. With the right approach, and by having The Stoddard Firm on your side, y...

Georgia’s Gun Laws Do Not Supersede a Business’s Duty to Protect Its Guests

The last few years of amendments to Georgia’s gun laws have expanded the places where residents can carry firearms, and reduced the documentation and scrutiny directed toward gun ownership. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about exactly what the current legislation allows and requires, notably the verbiage about the right to carry a gun in one’s “place of business.” This provision applies to business owners. It does not guarantee employees the right to carry guns at work. Priv...