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When you have suffered an injury as the result of a slip and fall accident, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. However, Georgia law has a provision called comparative negligence that essentially allows for a reduction of your compensation if it is found that you, the injured party, were responsible for your accident and injuries.

In any slip and fall accident claim, merely suffering a slip and fall accident on another person’s property is not sufficient for you to recover compensation for your injuries. You must be able to prove that the property owner was negligent in his duty to exercise reasonable care and caution in ensuring the premises are safe.  If the owner can prove that he could not possibly have known of the hazard on his property or the risk it posed, you may not have a successful claim.

Georgia’s comparative negligence laws make the burden on the plaintiff or the injured party bringing the claim even heavier.  These laws allow for property owners to claim that an injured party was at least partly responsible for his injuries. This allows the property owner to reduce his liability in the accident.

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A new pedestrian safety report lists Georgia as one of the most dangerous states in the country for pedestrians.

Georgia was ranked at No. 6 on the list of states that are most dangerous for pedestrians.  The August Richmond Country metropolitan area was ranked as the 20th most dangerous area in the country for pedestrians.   These recognitions are more than likely ones that Georgians and their policymakers would rather not have.

The report titled Dangerous by Design states that between 2008 and 2017, there were a total of 49,340 people killed in pedestrian accidents across the country. That makes it a staggering 13 persons killed each day in pedestrian accidents across the United States.

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Children with autism should begin swimming lessons before they begin any other kind of therapies to improve their quality of life.   This is according to safety experts who have recently stated that autistic children have a risk of meeting with a fatal pool accident that is approximately 150 times higher than for children who do not suffer from autism.

The researchers focused on 32 million accidental or unintentional deaths that occurred between 1999 and 2014, and found that nearly 1,370 people with autism died during this period of time. Overall, according to their research, a person with autism is much more likely to suffer an accidental or unintentional injury causing death. Persons with autism also have a life expectancy of approximately 36, compared with 72 for the general population.

More than 25% of fatalities involving autistic people are the result of injury, and most of these deaths occur as a result of suffocation, drowning or asphyxiation. Not surprisingly, a majority of those fatalities involve children. In fact, suffocation, drowning and asphyxiation account for approximately 80% of all injury-related fatalities involving autistic children.

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Georgia has unique wrongful death laws that govern the recovery of damages after a person is killed due to the negligence of another.

Under Georgia laws, a single claim will is usually not sufficient to recover the various types of damages that family members may be entitled to after the death of a loved one due to the recklessness or carelessness of another.  The law allows for the filing of two separate types of claims for recovery of wrongful death damages.

The first type of claim will help family members of the deceased recover damages to compensate for the full value of the life of the deceased. These damages can include damages that are directly related to the loss of the person. For instance, the claim will include lost income of the deceased, including lost wages as well as any benefits that he would have been eligible for if he had lived. Apart from these direct financial damages, this claim can also include compensation for the loss of the deceased’s care, affection, companionship and other non-financial losses.

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Pedestrian fatalities in Georgia and across the country continue to remain stubbornly high. Recent research, however, indicates that improvements in auto and road design may play a significant role in helping minimize these deaths every year.

In 2009, there were a total of 4,092 pedestrian accident fatalities across the country. That was a record drop from prior years, but since then the numbers have increased by an alarming 49 percent. In 2016, a total of 5,987 pedestrian accident fatalities were recorded nationwide, the highest number recorded since 1990. As the economy has improved, more motorists have returned to the roads, creating an increase of hazardous conditions for pedestrians.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earlier this year studied pedestrian accident patterns across the country, and made some very interesting conclusions. The report found that more and more of these pedestrian accidents are occurring in suburban or urban areas, intersections and busy arterial roads. They are also more likely to occur in the dark, and involve large vehicles, like SUVs.

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Boating season will soon be ramping up all around Georgia and in its surrounding lakes.  To make sure your safe while enjoying one of the most popular activities in the area, you should know that your personal flotation device, more commonly known as your, is possibly the most important piece of safety equipment that you could wear on a boat. Therefore, it should be clear why it is of the upmost importance that you know how to use this equipment so that it can keep you safe in case of any accidents.

The life jacket, also called a life preserver, life vest or life belt, is intended to keep you afloat in the water and prevent drowning. Wearing a life jacket can mean the difference between life and death even for an experienced swimmer or boater.

Not all personal flotation devices are manufactured equally. It’s important to look for certain safety features that have been proven to keep a person safe in the water.

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The metro-Atlanta area has experienced consistent growth for the past several years and only continues to do so.  With it brings construction and construction jobs, both residential and commercial, all throughout the state.  If a construction worker is injured on the job, he most likely knows that he can file a workers’ compensation claim with his employer to get compensation for his injuries.  However, there are other avenues of compensation recovery that are beyond the scope of workers’ compensation. These are called third-party claims, and they are often filed in the case of certain types of accidents or injuries.

A third-party claim allows you to hold other parties besides your employer responsible for your injuries after a construction accident. A construction site is often susceptible to such claims since multiple employers have their own employees working on the site.  There are typically several types of contractors that are performing work at a construction site, and all of them bring with them their own employees, equipment, material and so on.

Say, for example, your accident was caused by equipment or debris left lying around by the employee of another subcontractor at the same site. In a case like this, you can file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer.  You can also file an injury claim against the subcontractor whose worker’s negligence caused your injuries. These claims are filed as personal injury claims, and are separate from your workers’ compensation claims.