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How to prevent barbecue fires

If there's one thing the South does well, it's barbecue. Everyone has their specialty. Maybe you're a rib person, or perhaps brisket is more your style. (Brisket is my favorite!)  Maybe you go for charcoal, or you could be a propane convert. Whatever your preference, all barbecues have one thing in common: FIRE!

Each year, barbecue fires injure 7,000 people in the United States. You may think you know better than most--and that could be true. But it could also be that you've just been lucky so far. In today's post, we discuss some basic safety tips for anyone operating a grill:

Don't get hurried into accepting a car accident settlement

You're driving home after a fun night out with friends. Out of nowhere, an inattentive driver runs a red light and side swipes you--sending your car spinning out of control. You wake up in the hospital, with a cast around your arm.

A million thoughts are running through your head. How long before you can return to work? Who will take care of your kids while you're hospitalized? And how can you make sure the other driver pays for your pain and suffering?

Dupont Yard Inc. fined after employee's hand partially amputated

Dupont Yard Inc., located in Homerville, GA, is facing a fine from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), after an employee's hand was partially amputated on the job. According to WALB News 10, the employee received this and other injuries, while working on an unguarded machine at the manufacturer.

Why dependent partners can lose workers' comp claims in Georgia

Marriage isn't for everyone. Some couples don't care for official ceremonies. Others may not want to spend their hard-earned money on an extravagant party. Nonetheless, many couples live together in loving, committed relationships for years.

In today's post, we discuss a recent ruling by the Georgia Court of Appeals, which found that if your unmarried partner dies on the job, you could be exempt from receiving workers' compensation benefits.

Behind the wheel, hands-free calling poses unexpected risks.

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the dangers of distracted driving. There have been state and national pushes to discourage texting while driving or holding a cell phone while driving. Such practices are rightly seen as risky, as they can take your eyes off the road and a hand off the wheel.

In the discourse surrounding the dangers of smartphone-related distracted driving, hands-free phone technology has been touted as a safe alternative. After all, if you can talk on the phone without using your hands, it must be as safe as talking to another passenger who's in the car with you, right?

Is laser hair removal safe?

Laser hair removal has mushroomed in popularity in recent years. Clinics are popping up all over the country, offering discounted procedures in tranquil, spa-like settings. For many people, the prospect of permanent hair removal sounds like a dream come true. And as the prices have steadily dropped with increasing supply, this possibility is becoming more accessible to the general population.

Nonetheless, you may have reservations signing up without fully understanding the risks. Are there safety concerns? Does laser hair removal ever lead to injury? In today's post, we discuss some basic things you should understand about this innovation.

Restaurant safety and Work Injuries

When you think about jobs that have a high instance of workplace injuries, you may think of obviously dangerous or high-risk professions, such as construction. However, accidents can occur in any work environment--and even seemingly safe jobs can lead to injury.

One work environment that's commonly overlooked when discussing workplace injuries is restaurants. However, on-the-job injuries at restaurants are surprisingly common--and some of them can be quite serious. In today's post, we examine causes of and solutions to one of the most common safety concerns in the restaurant industry.

The safe way to handle fireworks

Fireworks are a hallmark of any Fourth of July festivity. For some people, that means going to watch a professional fireworks display. For others, it means putting on a show in their own backyard.

Maybe you've been playing with sparklers and firecrackers since you were a kid, and you feel confident that you can put on a fireworks show without a hitch. However, amateur fireworks displays result in tragic injuries each Fourth of July. In 2016, more than 11,000 people were hospitalized due to fireworks-related accidents.

Is eating while driving that dangerous?

Last month, we reported on a new law that was recently passed, the Hands-Free Georgia Act. The aim of this act is to help dissuade people from using their cell phones--or any handheld electronic devices--while driving.

While cellphone distraction accounts for a high number of accidents on the roadways, it is not the only form of distracted driving. Distracted driving refers to any activity that:

I hired a workers' compensation attorney. What now?

After filing a workers' compensation claim, you may be one of the countless injured workers across the country who will seek out an attorney's assistance. After all, hiring an attorney can help to focus on recovery versus sorting out the legalese on your own. Nonetheless, an injured employee's work isn't done after hiring an advocate and the actions that you take can greatly impact your case.

What can clients do to help their workers' compensation claim?

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