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Amazon Workers Getting Injured in Georgia

If you Google “Amazon Workers Getting Injured in Georgia,” you may be surprised by the number of hits. Unfortunately for Amazon and its employees, the results are not flattering. For example, just last month, Atlanta Civic Circle, published an article, Workers at Amazon’s Stone Mountain warehouse protesting conditions. In the article, an employee said that workers are protesting unsafe working conditions such as heat exhaustion, threats of bodily harm from coworkers, and unsafe equipment. The Numbers Don’t Lie Let’s not just take the word of a few local employees. According to a CNBC report in April 2022: Amazon workers suffered… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Personal Injury

Is Halloween Really the Most Dangerous Night of the Year?

Believe it or not, Halloween is among the highest level of consumer spending for U.S. holidays. Kids love getting dressed up and hitting the streets for trick or treating. Adults love it too. They also buy costumes and attend lavish Halloween parties. But within all of the fun and excitement, Halloween can be dangerous, perhaps the most dangerous night of the year. Pedestrian Accidents A study published by JAMA Pediatrics evaluated pedestrian fatality risks on Halloween compared to similar nights one week before or after October 31. Researchers examined four decades of data from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Personal Injury

Amusement Park Injuries Are Not So Amusing

As we are in the Halloween season, many of Georgia’s amusement parks are having their scary, themed events. For example, Six Flags Over Georgia is having its Fright Fest through the end of the month as is Stone Mountain Park with its Pumpkin Festival. Fun Spot America, Lake Winnie (Lake Winnepesaukah) Amusement Park, and Wild Adventures also are celebrating Halloween. While zombies, ghouls, and other monsters certainly add to the fun, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, and other theme parks can be dangerous places. Although not common, serious amusement park injuries and fatalities can happen which can have life-altering… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Personal Injury

Loaning Your Car? The Steps To Protect Yourself

When the car is in the shop, everyone dreads asking family members to borrow a vehicle or scrambling for rides to work or to pick up necessities.  It is equally uncomfortable being put on the spot and asked to have your car borrowed.  It may be a coworker who knows you are leaving town for the week and leaving your car behind, or your nephew who needs your SUV for "just one night", or your roommate who wants to go to the store and cannot locate her keys.  What should your answer be, and what risks are involved when lending… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Car Accidents

Have You Been Injured While Traveling In Someone Else’s Car?

Motor vehicle crashes are Georgia's leading cause of injury deaths and the second leading cause of Georgia’s hospitalizations and ER visits, according to Georgia's Department of Public Health. Many of those injured are passengers.  Injured passengers often face a maze when trying to recover for injuries with multiple insurers pointing the finger at one another.  It can get even more complicated if one of the vehicles involved is a rideshare vehicle for Uber, Lyft, or one of the growing number of food delivery services.  Not knowing who to file a claim against or managing multiple claims adds additional stress to… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Car Accidents

The Use of Rideshare Scooters in Accidents and Crimes & What You Need to Know

Rideshare scooters, also known as electric scooters or "e-scooters,” are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in metropolitan areas around the US, including Atlanta.  These relatively easy-to-ride e-scooters are an efficient and inexpensive means of transportation.  An electric scooter typically has handlebars, a floorboard, or a seat, and is powered by a small electric motor directly built into the front or rear wheel.  Some more powerful versions have two motors, one in each wheel.  The rideshare component comes in when a rideshare company supplies these scooters to the public.  For example, Uber and Lime partnered several years ago to offer e-scooter rentals… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Personal Injury

Georgia Pedestrian Accidents On The Rise

Even in the summer heat, residents and tourists flock to the streets for outdoor activities, brunch gatherings, nights out with friends, or sunset strolls.  But pedestrians beware:  the entire US, including Georgia, is experiencing historically high pedestrian fatalities. The Governors Highway Safety Association’s 2021 preliminary report on pedestrian traffic fatalities projects that drivers struck and killed 7,485 pedestrians in 2021 – the most in a single year in 40 years and a 16.7% increase over 2019. Unfortunately, Georgia is no exception.  Here in Georgia, we too experienced a steep increase in pedestrian traffic deaths.  The Governors Highway Safety Association’s report… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Car Accidents

Did Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Survive Covid-19?

The world has experienced widespread repercussions from the Covid-19 pandemic.  In previous blogs, we examined the pandemic response’s impact on the Court system in Georgia and the Atlanta metro area as well as the extensions to applicable statute of limitations as a result of the pandemic.  But perhaps most significant is the impact the pandemic response had on the legal burden of proof for certain civil claims that rose during the pandemic. At the start of the pandemic, states across the county, including Georgia, prepared for severe stresses to our emergency rooms, hospitals, doctors, nurses, and entire medical community.  Georgia’s… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Medical Malpractice

Are There Exceptions To The Malpractice Statute Of Limitations?

Under Georgia law, O.C.G.A. § 9-3-71, the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice claim is two years.  This means that a lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of injury or death.  Generally, the clock starts to run two years from when the malpractice occurred as, in most cases, the injury caused by the malpractice occurs at the time of the malpractice.  Thus, it is essential to contact an experienced Atlanta malpractice attorney as soon as possible.  If suit is not timely filed (and the defendant served), your entire case can be thrown out. Furthermore, given… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Medical Malpractice

The Wheels of Justice are Finally Turning Following the Global Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic changed how we work, shop, interact, gather, live, and so much more.  The novel coronavirus even bestowed us with this phrase for our pandemic and post-pandemic way of life, "the new normal." The judicial system was not spared from the pandemic and all its modifications, limitations, and restrictions.  With most all jury trials in civil cases such as personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits paused, the wheels of justice ground to a halt for many, many cases.  Cases were stalled, trails were postponed, and the filing deadlines that drive litigation were suspended.  Not only did this mean… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Medical Malpractice