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Understand the Risks of Water
An accident in or near a body of water can cause serious injury and even death. Many of these injuries can be avoided. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated eighty percent of all drownings are preventable. Understanding some of the common dangers surrounding water environments is key to avoiding harm.
Natural swimming environments – When swimming in ponds, rivers, lakes, or the ocean, be sure you are aware of the potential sources of harm. Weather conditions can render a natural water environment dangerous in a matter of minutes. Storms, heavy rains, and flooding can cause strong currents and dangerously increase water depth.
When swimming in rivers, lakes, and oceans, it can be difficult to properly estimate water depth. Natural swimming spots are usually not clear enough to fully see objects that can cause harm, such as rocks, tree stumps, debris, or the like.
Man-made swimming environments – Although man-made swimming environments may be safer than natural swimming spots, there are still dangers to avoid. Be careful of any inlets or outlets, which can provide suction that traps body parts or hair and keeps swimmers’ heads trapped underwater. Be aware that high temperatures in spas or hot tubs–especially when combined with alcohol–can cause drowsiness, which may lead to unconsciousness and drowning. Many swimming accidents involve children who wander into pools or spas when unsupervised. Thus, dangerous conditions around swimming pools may include open or unlocked gates, broken fences, or the like.
Tips for Water Safety
In addition to avoiding the potential harms associated with bodies of water, there are a number of positive things you can do to keep safe. Swim with a buddy. Heed any posted warnings or instructions by lifeguards. Consider learning CPR. Know how to contact emergency personnel if need be. Set clear boundaries for children as to when and how they are to play around water. Protect your backyard pools and spas from unsupervised intruders with fences and other protective coverings.
What to Do if a Loved One Dies in a Drowning Accident
Accidents involving the water can be serious, even deadly. If your child or another loved one has died in a drowning accident, or has otherwise been injured in a body of water, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. An Atlanta injury attorney with experience helping people in drowning accidents can provide expertise to help you navigate the difficult legal landscape of our civil court system. They can review the facts of your case, determine whether you have a viable claim, and help you seek the compensation you deserve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to issue voluntary guidelines for specific electronic devices including apps on smartphones. Right now, many states laws regarding smartphone usage while driving only refer to talking or texting on the phone. Using a navigational app is usually not covered by these laws.
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For Realtors, what do you wish other agents would explain to their clients?
We try to remember that most buyers and sellers have no idea what to expect at settlement. Hopefully by sending them a link to this article a few days ahead of their settlement we can ease some of the stress caused by the unknown. If nothing else it may cut down on the number of people who are confused that their is a law firm where they thought the title company would be.
We received significantly more essays than anticipated for our inaugural scholarship contest and selecting a winner was by no means an easy task. As such, we decided to offer each applicant an additional opportunity at winning a $1000.00 scholarship for the 2014 academic year. This winner will be selected exclusively by valid social media votes for their essay and the contest will be limited to only those applicants previously submitting an essay. (Applicants will have the option of either re-submitting their original essay or submitting a new essay.) Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. will email the contestants and post the guidelines on our website by July 11, 2014. Each contestant will then have until August 11, 2014 to garner social media votes to determine the winner.
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We have all driven on the road next to large trucks. The stop and go traffic during rush hour in and around Atlanta results in daily car accidents. Given their size, weight, and cargo, a collision with a large truck can lead to greater injury than other types of auto accidents. Following are some points to remember when sharing the road with these large vehicles so you can help avoid harm and accident. Additionally, speaking to an accident attorney in Atlanta can help you understand how to recover compensation in the event that you have sustained serious injuries.
Mind the weather – Understand that large trucks may be affected by the weather in ways that your vehicle is not. When roads are slick or icy, large trucks will need extra room for stopping and slowing down, much more than needed by a smaller vehicle. Also note that the trailer of a truck–with its large, flat sides–can act much like a sail in windy weather. Although trucks are heavy, the large surface area can cause them to be pushed around in windy conditions, sometimes even causing them to topple over.
Watch for blowouts – A large semi truck can weigh tens of thousands of pounds. That weight puts considerable wear and tear on truck tires. It is not an unusual occurrence for a semi truck’s tires to blow out, causing the truck to swerve back and forth. In fact, you may have seen the remnants of such blowouts–large pieces of rubber sitting along the freeway. You should watch out and prepare for such events.
Note the cargo – Although there are many rules and regulations about the type of cargo a truck can carry and how that cargo should be secured, the truth is that not all truck drivers are as diligent as they could be about safely transporting their cargo. Watch for any items that appear to be poorly stored. Note if ties or ropes appear frayed or broken. Watch for warning signs indicating that the contents of truck’s cargo are dangerous. You may want to give yourself an extra amount of space between you and such vehicles.
Understand their goals – For most drivers, our goal is to reach our destination as quickly and comfortably as possible. For many of us, this may cause us to zip in and out of traffic, alter our route due to congestion, or stop for a break. Understand that although a truck driver would also like to reach their destination safely, they also have the goal of getting their affordably. Thus, they may be required to stick to a specific route or limit their speed to save on fuel. Constantly slowing down and speeding up can cause these trucks to consume gallons of fuel. Semi truck drivers may make strange driving choices (like clogging up the left-hand lane in order to pass another, slightly slower truck) in order to maintain a constant speed.
What To Do When You Have Been Injured in an Accident Involving a Large Truck
Although most truck drivers safely navigate the road, some may drive negligently or recklessly. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident involving a large truck it is essential that you contact a skilled Atlanta car accident attorney right away. If you have questions about who may be at fault for your injuries, how to deal with claims adjusters, or whether you may recover for your damages, the personal injury attorneys at Goldstein and Hayes, P.C., can answer your questions and assess your case. We have years of experience helping personal injury victims navigate the Georgia legal system to hold those responsible for their injuries accountable. Contact us today.
Rh disease occurs during pregnancy when there is an incompatibility between the blood types of the mother and baby.
Every person has a blood type, (O, A, B, or AB) and an Rh factor, either positive or negative. The blood type and the Rh factor simply mean that a person's blood has certain specific characteristics. The blood type is found as proteins on red blood cells and in body fluids. The Rh factor is a protein that is found on the covering of the red blood cells. If the Rh factor protein is present on the cells, the person is Rh positive. If there is no Rh factor protein, the person is Rh negative.
Rh factors are genetically determined. A baby may have the blood type and Rh factor of either parent, or a combination of both parents. Rh factors follow a common pattern of genetic inheritance. The Rh positive gene is dominant (stronger) and even when paired with an Rh negative gene, the positive gene takes over. For example:
If a person has the genes + +, the Rh factor in the blood will be positive.
If a person has the genes + -, the Rh factor will be positive.
If a person has the genes - -, the Rh factor will be negative.
A baby receives one gene from the father and one from the mother.
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James Harrison, also known as the Man with the golden arm, is a blood plasma donor from Australia whose unusual plasma composition has been used to make a treatment for Rhesus disease.
Read his story on:
► Huffington Post >> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/james-harrison-australian_n_512112.html
► Wikipedia >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Harrison_(blood_donor)
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- Swimming Pool Accidents | Drowning | Drain Suction Entrapment
- Truck and Auto Accidents
- Wrongful Death
With over 100 million dollars in recoveries, Goldstein & Hayes is selective in the matters it accepts and we limit our caseload to ensure that every client receives personal attention from our lawyers. Jonathan was recently selected as one of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Georgia Trial Lawyers, one of Georgia’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 and he was selected to serve on the National Advisory Board for the Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.
Jonathan and his wife live in Atlanta, Georgia and are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
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