Brunswick Personal Injury And Workers' Compensation Blog

How to move through post-accident shock

Many people deal with shock, stress and even PTSD -- post-traumatic stress disorder -- in the wake of a car accident. Few things that you get involved in will be as harrowing as a car accident. While people in some professions may face greater challenges -- soldiers who see combat, for instance -- a car accident is the height of stress for the average American, especially when it results in serious injuries or even death.

If this happens to you, the following tips may help you handle the stress and work your way through some of the emotional and mental challenges you will face:

  • Stay hydrated. Use water to remove toxins from your body and give you energy.
  • In moments of severe stress, like a panic attack, focus on slow, controlled breathing.
  • Take up relaxing hobbies, such as yoga.
  • Tell someone else how you feel. Stressful situations often grow to be even worse in our own minds, but saying things out loud helps you work through them.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. Many people accidentally don't get enough rest without even realizing it, thanks to their busy schedules, and that's very hard on the body.
  • Consider talking to a doctor or a medical professional. You don't have to do this on your own. A therapist can give you different techniques and possibly even medications that you can use.

Building owner hit with $125 million verdict for wrongful death

Property owners take note: If a recent verdict is any indication, Georgia jurors are very sympathetic toward the victims of negligent landlords. That seems to be the message of a $125 million wrongful death verdict against the owners of the Ralston Towers, which primarily houses low income and disabled tenants on government assistance.

The case was filed by a 62-year-old man's surviving adult daughter after he died in the 98-degree heat of a Ralston room. The air conditioning, which the deceased depended on to manage his medical condition, wasn't working.

Your risk of having a crash with a log truck in Georgia is high

In 2017, the Forest Resources Association (FRA) met to discuss log truck safety. At the time, only five companies were underwriting insurance policies for these types of vehicles. Many who attended this meeting left with a renewed interest in what industry leaders are doing to make these truck operators safer.

At that meeting, wood suppliers, consumers and insurers all highlighted their common interest in devising a plan to achieve a reduction in losses caused by log trucks. They noted that they'd noted that large trucking companies appeared to have better safety track records than smaller ones. They all noted a desire to delve into why that's the case.

Eye injuries acquired at work could lead to compensation

Most workers in Georgia are entitled to workers' compensation if they suffer damages as a result of being injured at work. However, not all manage to successfully make a claim. This is often because they are not fully aware of their rights to make a workers' compensation claim, or because they did not take action quickly enough. This is why it is important that you do not delay taking the time to understand your rights as an injured worker in Georgia.

Eye injuries are a common cause of injury at work, especially in the construction and mining industries. However, eye injuries may not be noticed initially and can worsen over time. As soon as you notice that you are having problems with your eye, you should make sure to report this to your employer if you believe that it is related to a work injury.

Managing soft-tissue injuries that occurred at work

If you have an active job, your body will be subject to the physical stresses and strains associated with the tasks that you carry out. When you work many hours per week on the same tasks, there is not much opportunity for your body to recover, and this is why injuries can occur over time.

In a general context, it has been estimated that 30% to 50% of all injuries due to exercise activity are caused by soft-tissue lesions that lead to muscle injuries. These muscle injuries can last a long time and can be debilitating. This leads to injured workers needing to take significant amounts of time off work in order to recover.

Less obvious damages that can be covered by workers' compensation

Most people know that when they are injured at work and need to seek medical attention as a result, they will be able to make a claim for workers' compensation. However, many injured workers do not realize the extent of the expenses that can be covered.

Dealing with a work-related injury can be a stressful time, and it can lead to financial suffering even after workers' compensation is paid out. This is why it is vital that you do not miss out on any opportunity to claim the compensation that you deserve. The following are some less obvious financial damages that you can claim back through workers' compensation.

Risk factors that lead to car accidents

Simply put, driving a car is a risk. Even though you probably feel safe 99% of the time, the reality is that car accidents take tens of thousands of lives annually. You cannot deny that it's a high-risk activity. It may even be the most dangerous thing you do on a consistent basis.

One way to avoid being involved in a car accident is to understand the risk factors that lead to accidents. Here are some of the top ones:

  • Driving through construction zones
  • Driving at night
  • Driving near animal crossings
  • Encountering drunk drivers
  • Encountering distracted drivers
  • Having maintenance issues, like tire blowouts
  • Hitting potholes and other obstructions
  • Encountering drivers who used drugs
  • Driving around inexperienced teens
  • Hitting someone who makes an illegal turn
  • Encountering a wrong-way driver
  • Having someone tailgate your car
  • Encountering design defects on the road itself
  • Getting hit by someone who ran a red light
  • Encountering a reckless, aggressive driver
  • Driving in dangerous weather, such as wind, rain and fog
  • Encountering a speeding driver

Georgia teen arrested in young man's crash-related death

A Georgia teenager who was the driver in a car crash that left a high school senior dead has been charged with vehicular homicide.

The crash occurred in January when the driver, an 18-year-old woman, collided with a car driven by a Thomasville High School senior. That student, an 18-year-old male, was pronounced dead on site. He was a baseball player at the school who also took classes at Scholars Academy.

Teen was on Snapchat, driving 106 MPH at time of crash

A teenager in Georgia is heading to jail after getting into a car accident that killed the passenger in her Mini Cooper.

The accident happened in 2018, but the case just got through the courts, and the teen pleaded guilty. According to reports, she was driving the small car at 106 miles per hour and using the smartphone app Snapchat while behind the wheel. She was also apparently involved in a race with another teenager from her school.

Can I claim additional damages after being hit by a drunk driver?

Everyone knows that alcohol and driving should never mix, and when drivers choose to ignore this, they can cause serious damages. If you were involved in a collision with a drunk driver, it is likely that you feel some level of anger toward the person and that you will want to get some form of justice.

The state of Georgia is an "at fault" state when it comes to car accident claims. This means that the driver who was found to be at fault for the accident needs to pay for damages through their insurance company.

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