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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

Should you be concerned about crash-related strokes?

As a driver in Georgia who has gotten into an accident before, you should be aware of the fact that injuries may sometimes appear long after the initial impact. You could be waiting days, weeks or months before you see signs of potential problems that stem from the crash.

For example, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, it is possible for you to suffer from a stroke after getting into an accident. Studies have shown that the heavier the damage is, the more likely it is for a stroke to occur. For example, if you have suffered from a concussion, skull fractures or brain damage, you should notify your doctor and the people you live with immediately. You should monitor yourself closely for anything out of the ordinary, such as behavioral changes, difficulty concentrating or motor issues.

What are the most dangerous automobile defects?

Any Georgian driver such as yourself may one day have to deal with defective automobiles or auto parts. These broken or damaged products can even lead to accidents, depending on their severity.

One of the most common defects involves tires. Whether the rubber is too thin, or the tire is not formed properly, tire defects can often lead to uneven tread wear. This can cause your braking to be less effective than it should be. Some tires may even be more susceptible to bursting, which can cause its own slew of problems.

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