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January 2018 Archives

Atlanta ranks #1 in truck congestion; increased risk of crashes

A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) examined freeway bottlenecks commonly accessed by truckers in 300 different sites across the country. It found Atlanta's I-285 at I-85 (North) to be the most congested thoroughfare in the nation for trucks. This was followed closely behind by another Atlanta passageway--I-75 at I-285 (North)--in fourth place.

What is your injury worth? Maybe less than you think, study finds

When it comes to seeking compensation for injuries after a work-related accident, it's oftentimes easy for insurers to total the damages that should be covered. That's because the cost of a doctor's visit, medical procedures, a hospital stay, an ambulance ride, prescription costs, other medical treatments and lost wages are relatively easy to calculate because they have a monetary cost associated with them. Psychological injuries, on the other hand, aren't so easy to calculate.

Georgia construction company cited for improper trenching safety

In a recent inspection of Dustcom Limited Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found the company to be negligent in providing suitable safety conditions for trench workers--putting these workers at unnecessary risk of trench collapse. Dustcom received the maximum allowable fine: more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Top 10 ways to maximize your workers' compensation claim

The moment someone suffers an injury at work is the moment most people start to worry about their financial situation and ask questions like: How will I pay my medical bills? How long will I be away from work? What will this do to my finances? Will I be compensated for childcare? What will happen if the doctor says I'm disabled?

Get ready for the Georgia Safety Stand Down: January 22-26

This month, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Georgia is joining forces with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to put on a week-long campaign aimed at educating workers in the construction industry about workplace safety during the winter.

How comparative negligence affects your personal injury claim

In a previous post, we discussed whether you have the right to sue if you were injured in a motorcycle accident but weren't wearing a helmet. Georgia law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet will riding. However, failing to wear a helmet does not automatically mean the other driver is off the hook. It depends on the amount of negligence each party has--which, in the legal community, is known as "comparative negligence." Today we will examine this concept in more detail.

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