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November is Child Safety Month – Here’s What You Need to Know

Did you know that approximately 14,000 children under the age of 19 lose their lives each year in the US? Further examining data from the Education Development Center indicates that approximately 8.7 million children visit the emergency department each year, and around 227,000 children are hospitalized. These are staggering statistics, and they are a parent’s worst nightmare. November is National Child Safety and Protection Month, created as such to help raise awareness about child injury statistics and to help educate parents on how to establish a safe environment for children. What Parents Should Know About Keeping Their Kids Safe Most… read more

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How Hotel Security is Responsible for Your Safety

When you check yourself or your family into a hotel, you expect to be safe. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, hotels and their employees owe you a duty of care. This duty extends to various aspects of your safety when you are on hotel property. Here, we want to explain the various ways that hotels are responsible for your safety and examine what you can do if you are harmed as a result of negligent security practices. What Hotels are Responsible For Hotels have to keep guests safe. If they can’t, they will not have guests for very… read more

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The Importance of the Open Records Act

The Open Records Act in Georgia, also known as the Georgia Sunshine Law, is designed to provide individuals, news agencies, and other entities access to public records from government bodies. This includes just about any type of record held by a public entity in the state of Georgia. Here, we want to examine the importance of the Open Records Act as well as how this could affect a personal injury civil claim. Understanding the Open Records Act Under the Open Records Act in Georgia, just about any record that is kept by a public agency should be available to the… read more

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What Are “Excessive Force” Cases and Why Are They So Difficult?

There is no shortage of news about excessive force being used by law enforcement officers across the country and here in the state of Georgia. Perhaps the cases most relevant on individuals’ minds are the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis and the murder of Ahmed Aubrey in Georgia. However, excessive force does not always end in death; they often result in severe injuries. Here, we want to examine what “excessive force” means as well as why these cases are difficult to prove from a personal injury standpoint. Excessive Force Happens But Officers Aren’t Always Held Responsible When we examine Federal… read more

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How the Burden of Proof Works in a Civil Injury Trial

The phrase “burden of proof” revolves around determining who is responsible for a particular event. You will hear this phrase come up in criminal cases as well as civil personal injury claims. However, the burden of proof for a civil claim is different than it is for a criminal case. For those who sustain injuries caused by the actions of someone else, the burden of proof lies with the injury victim. Here, we want to discuss what this means and how to establish proof. Understanding a Preponderance of Evidence When a prosecutor is trying to prove that someone committed a… read more

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What is the Respondeat Superior Doctrine?

Respondeat superior is a Latin term used to describe a facet of personal injury law under which an employer becomes responsible for the negligence or omission of an employee. In other words, this is where the idea of vicarious liability comes from. Here, we want to discuss how respondeat superior could apply in various situations. Defining Respondeat Superior Respondeat superior is a legal doctrine commonly used in tort claims that means an employer or another principal could be liable for the actions of their employees or agents, if the wrongful action occurs within the scope of their duties. For most… read more

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How Personal Injury Settlements Are Taxed

If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the actions of another individual or entity, there is a good chance you will be able to recover compensation for your losses. However, you need to know whether or not the compensation you receive will be taxed. Taxes seem inescapable in society, but the reality is that you may be in luck when it comes to a personal injury settlement and taxation. Most Parts of a Personal Injury Settlement Are Not Taxable Individuals who sustain injuries caused by the actions of another person or entity will likely be… read more

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Are Lawyers’ Fees Tax Deductible?

There are various reasons why individuals may need help from an attorney. This could include securing legal assistance to help fight a personal injury claim or to help defend against criminal charges. Regardless of why you need an attorney, you may wonder if your lawyers’ fees are tax-deductible. This is important information to know, particularly as tax time comes around and you are looking to save some money. The Verdict – Lawyers’ Fees Are NOT Tax-Deductible You may need to file a personal injury claim against another individual or entity who caused you harm. Perhaps you are about to go… read more

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Catastrophic Injury vs. Personal Injury Claims

Anytime an individual sustains an injury caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person or entity, they should be able to recover compensation for their losses. This compensation usually comes through a settlement with insurance carriers or as a result of a personal injury lawsuit against the other party. However, is there a difference between a personal injury claim and a catastrophic injury claim? What is a Personal Injury Claim? A personal injury claim can arise anytime one individual sustains an injury caused by the negligent, intentional, or careless actions of another person, entity, or business. When an… read more

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When Does Attorney-Client Privilege Not Apply?

Anyone who has watched TV shows or movies surrounding interactions with an attorney has likely heard of the attorney-client privilege. This refers to an attorney being unable to speak to other parties about what their client says to them. In fiction shows, this attorney-client privilege seems unbreakable, and it is indeed an important part of the legal process. However, there are times when the attorney-client privilege does not apply. What is the Attorney-Client Privilege? The Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute states that “attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that works to keep confidential communications between an attorney and… read more

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