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Hit by a car as a pedestrian? Walk this way for compensation

Countless individuals have suffered serious injuries in car accidents over the years. These incidents don't always consist of two or more vehicles. Pedestrian accidents occur more often than you might think, and even though they mostly occur in densely populated areas, they can take place anywhere. They may also be significantly more dangerous as the pedestrian.

Perhaps you were out walking and upon coming to an intersection, began to make your way across the street via the crosswalk. Suddenly, a car comes out of nowhere, and you wake up the following day in a hospital bed. If you believe you were within your rights as a pedestrian at the time, you may consider your legal options moving forward.

Civil claim for wrongful death differs from criminal charges

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, the circumstances of that fatal event could determine whether the individual considered at fault for the accident faces criminal charges. If the responsible driver had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel, failed to obey traffic laws or took part in other unlawful actions that led to the death, criminal charges often occur. You may feel some sense of vindication if authorities charge the at-fault driver.

You may wish to remember, however, that, due to the different types of law, you have the option to pursue a civil claim in addition to any criminal proceedings that may take place.

How one date can ruin your life

If the first date went well, you probably made plans to meet again. Maybe you got together at a mixer or party, and things seemed to be comfortable between you. When campus officials notified you that the person with whom you had been spending time reported you for sexual assault, you were shocked.

For the children's sake

You spent half the year reading consumer magazines, studying online customer reviews and scouring headlines for that hot ticket item your child hoped to find under the Christmas tree. Perhaps you even made a special occasion out of going to purchase it or had fun hiding it in the back of your closet when it arrived on a delivery truck. You understand holidays have meaning beyond the gifts, yet you were really enjoying planning a big surprise.

Christmas morning came, and it all unfolded without a hitch. That is, until your child tried to play with the new toy. Something went very wrong. You read all labels and instructions carefully, but as soon as your child tried to use the toy, your joyful Christmas scene turned tragic.

Marijuana and the law in Georgia

The 2016 election cycle has been an important one for marijuana law reform. Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, and California all passed legislation that legalized the medical and recreational use of cannabis. Voters in Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and Arkansas have all approved legislation that either legalized the medical use of cannabis or loosened the restrictions for the medical use of the drug. As of right now, the majority of the United States (28 including the District of Columbia) has legalized use of marijuana for medical and/or recreational use.

With all of these changes to existing marijuana laws taking place, it is important to be familiar with your own states particular rules and regulations. The state of Georgia has relatively strict laws governing the use of cannabis, but it can be legally used in some situations.

Helping a child who is injured

Just as child is not just a little adult, so are injuries suffered by a child in an accident different from those suffered by an adult. Children may heal faster than adults, but they often experience more physiological trauma from the accident.

Children who are injured in accidents may need help dealing the aftereffects of a serious injury. If another party is responsible for your child's injury, the civil justice system may provide a way for parents to recover the financial resources to pay for that help.

Why is proving causation important?

As a Georgia resident, if you have suffered because of medical malpractice, you have the right to take the practitioner to court. However, before you even get started, you need to be aware of the one thing your case could hinge on.

Harvard Law states that proving causation is the most important part of a medical malpractice case. Without this, chances are high that you will not be able to win your case. So just what about proving causation is so important?

What is hospital-acquired pneumonia?

Hospitals are filled with sick people, bacteria and germs. This means that a hospital that isn’t cleaned or maintained properly can cause additional ailments in Georgian patients such as yourself, and sometimes these issues can be quite severe.

One such potential problem is called hospital-acquired pneumonia, or HAP for short. HAP is a bacterial infection that patients get while they are staying in a hospital, and is considered to be more severe than regular pneumonia. The U.S. National Library of Medicine states that HAP is rampant in hospitals for many reasons. For one, the bacteria in hospitals tend to be stronger and more resistant to change than other types of bacteria, making the illnesses they bring harder to combat and more deadly. Additionally, patients already have a lowered immunity. It has been stated that the leading cause of death in intensive care units is HAP.

Avoiding dangerous medications

You trust your medication to keep you safe and fix or alleviate the physical problems that you may have. However, sometimes there are unfortunate side effects that are not predicted or properly warned for. We at Garland, Samuel & Loeb would like to highlight some things to be on the lookout for when picking your medications.

First and foremost is to keep on top of the drug recalls that pharmaceuticals issue. For example, there is already a long list of potentially dangerous medications that are still on the market. This includes:

  •          Topamax
  •          Yaz and Yasmin
  •          Chantix
  •          Fosamax
  •          GranuFlo
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