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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 Baer Law Firm Hired to Investigate Tractor-Trailer Fatality

On February 13, 2022, at approximately 10:00pm, a young couple was headed home on I-75 South when their car broke down and stopped on the interstate.  The driver put on her hazards and called 911 for emergency assistance.  Before help could arrive, the car was struck by an 18-wheeler travelling interstate speeds.  An eyewitness reported that he did not observe the tractor-trailer brake or swerve before the collision.   Yesterday, Bryan Baer at The Baer Law Firm went to Winter Garden, Florida with a team of forensic experts to inspect the tractor-trailer pictured below. At this point, we suspect that driver… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Firm News

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

Can Distracted Driving Lead To A Criminal Conviction For Vehicular Homicide?

In a word, YES!  While people often think of vehicular homicide in the context of DUI cases, the charge has a much broader application and can certainly apply to people who unintentionally kill others while driving. Under Georgia law, a person can be charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, which is considered a felony in Georgia, when a driver causes the death of another by: overtaking and passing a school bus; reckless driving; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer; or hit and run To convict someone of first-degree vehicular homicide, evidence… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Car Accidents

Can The Hospital Be Held Responsible for a Patient’s Fall?

Falls are the number one cause of injury to hospital patients.  According to The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 700,000 to 1 million patients in US hospitals fall each year.  More than one-third of these falls result in serious injuries such as fractures, internal bleeding, head trauma, and even death.  Sadly, many if not all of these incidents were preventable. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality identified and endorsed a set of adverse events that should never happen in a healthcare setting.  This list of Serious Reportable… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Medical Malpractice

Vehicle Accidents And Fatalities On The Rise Since The Start Of The Covid-19 Pandemic

The New York Times recently published an article linking the surge in road fatalities to the pandemic citing that vehicle crashes and deaths started to rapidly increase the summer of 2020 and have continued to rise. The article asserts that two years of isolation and disruption due to Covid-19 caused people to feel frustrated and angry, and these feelings are leading to more erratic behavior fueling the increase in vehicle crashes, violent crimes, and drug and alcohol abuse just to name a few. Findings released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) support this claim.… [Read More...]

By Bryan Baer
Filed Under: Car Accidents