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How Are Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits Different from Other Accident Cases?

Motorcycle accident cases differ from all others. If you are involved in a motorcycle crash that happens due to no fault of your own, you may want to pursue legal help. By partnering with an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer, you may be able to hold any at-fault parties responsible for their actions. The Stoddard Firm makes it easy to connect with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Differences Between Motorcycle Crash Cases and Other Accident Cases Motorcycles make up 3% of a...

Can a Motorcycle Rider Sue in Georgia if They Had No Helmet in an Accident?

Motorcyclists in Georgia have the right to enjoy the roadways safely, just like other travelers. Helmet laws require operators and riders to wear helmets while on a motorcycle. When an accident occurs, and a biker is not wearing a helmet, filing a lawsuit for the damages suffered becomes challenging. The limited protection of riders against the impact of other motor vehicles often compounds the severity of motorcycle accident injuries. However, options may be available for Georgia motorcyc...

Head Trauma from a Car Accident Can Cause a TBI Without Your Knowing It

Following the shock accompanying a car accident, you will look the body over for visible injuries and seek medical care to address these wounds. But more debilitating trauma may go undetected, leaving an accident victim vulnerable to injuries that become more difficult to associate with the car accident as time passes. Head trauma in a car accident is not always visible, and it can take days or weeks before symptoms begin to appear. Being involved in an Atlanta car accident can impact your...

How to File a Claim After a Chemical Plant Accident

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a workplace accident at a chemical plant, one of the first things you should do is file a workers’ comp claim. The easiest and safest way to do this is to hire a workers compensation lawyer to do it on your behalf, and we are happy to help with that process. You can, alternatively, do this yourself.  You’ll need to download the WC-14 form from the Georgia workers’ comp website, fill it out, and mail it to the address listed on the form. In t...

How to Apply for the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program

The Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) is a public assistance program designed to assist crime survivors with expenses that can’t be covered through any other means. You might be eligible for this assistance if all of these statements are true for you: You live in Georgia You’ve suffered some form of financial harm due to someone else’s violent crime There’s an official record of the crime You were not incarcerated or participating in any criminal activity at the time of...

Common Types of Forklift Accidents

A forklift is a heavy piece of machinery, with more than enough power to cause death or serious injury if it’s not designed, built, maintained, or used properly. According to a 2017 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), forklifts play a role in an average of 89 deaths and 8,674 injuries in U.S workplaces every year. Below, we’ll go over some of the most common forms these accidents take, and what you can do if you’ve been affected by one. Tip-Over Forklift Accidents Forkl...

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...