Van Pelt and Dufour Law Firm
Free Consultation
Available 24 Hours a Day
Main Menu
Practice Areas

West Georgia Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Blog

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?

OSHA accuses Georgia manufacturer of safety violations

The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently found 36 safety and health violations during an inspection of a Georgia manufacturer.

The manufacturer specializes in mulch and similar products. Citations include:

When workers' comp meets personal injury

Workers' compensation functions as a system of protection--both for the employee and the employer. If you get injured on the job, workers' compensation insurance helps to ensure that you get the medical care you need and that you don't lose wages while you're out of work. In exchange, this system also protects the employer from a lawsuit.

In previous posts, we've talked a lot about common workplace accidents--such as slip-and-falls--that occur at the worksite. But what happens when a work-related accident happens off of company property--involving a third party who's unaffiliated with the business?

Office Location

Van Pelt & Dufour Law Firm
527 Newnan Street
Carrollton, GA 30117

Phone: 770-884-6854
Carrollton Law Office

Email Us