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How do I keep my kids safe when walking to school?

It is big responsibility for a child to walk to and from school every day in Georgia. When your child gets to the age where you feel he or she can do it alone, you may still have worries about safety. There are some things you can do to prepare your child and to ensure he or she is ready for such a big step.

To begin with, explains that children younger than the age of 10 often are not mature enough to walk alone to school because of impulse control issues and the inability to understand the dangers that exist. Young kids may not know how to judge how fast a vehicle is going in order to cross the street safely. They may not understand how crossings work and when they need to watch for traffic. So, make sure your child understands the basic concepts of waiting to cross and how to cross at stoplights.

What are bail bonds?

If you or someone you know gets arrested, the court will usually set bail, which must be paid to get out of a Georgia jail. Often the bail is a high amount that most people cannot afford to pay. This is where a bail bond comes in. According to Money Crashers, a bail bond is paid by a bail bondsman on your behalf. You will have to put up a percentage of the bail to secure the bond. You may also have to put up a valuable asset to secure the bond.

However, the process does not end there. The purpose of bail is to ensure that the person who was arrested shows up in court. Bail may also be set with other restrictions, such as reporting in with the court on a regular basis until the court date or include additional orders, such as a restraining order. If the person violates the terms of the bail or does not show up to his or her court date, then the bail is revoked and the person is sent back to jail.

Did you know that field sobriety tests are optional?

When you saw the flashing lights in your rearview mirror, you may have wondered whether your breath still smelled of the beer or wine you had with dinner. You may have even second-guessed your decision to drive as you pulled off the roadway.

You rolled down your window and asked the officer what was wrong. After a couple of minutes, the officer asked you whether you had anything to drink and asked you to step out of your vehicle. You may already know not to answer any questions not pertaining to your identity, vehicle registration and other basic questions. However, did you know that you don't have to agree with the next question?

How are the types of social security benefits different?

There are many different groups of people who collect social security benefits in Georgia. This program is designed to help all workers and their families. Social Security for disability is just one type. When applying for benefits, you need to understand which type you should apply for or it could affect your ability to get your application approved.

The Social Security Administration explains that there are three types of benefits. Disability is for disabled individuals. If you are unable to work due to an injury at work, a spouse of an injured worker with a child under 16 or disabled child or a child of a disabled worker, then you could be eligible for this type of benefit.

Defining the concept of discovery

Georgia workers seeking workers' compensation want their claims to be processed quickly, but sometimes an employer or an insurer will dispute the claim. Should a claim be turned down, the injured worker can seek recourse in a workers’ compensation trial. One of the initial steps to be taken before the trial is discovery, which helps set the stage for what will be debated at the trial.

The American Bar Association defines discovery as when the two sides in an upcoming judicial proceeding exchange information about what evidence will be presented in court, as well as about witnesses that will testify. This allows the two sides to gather evidence that answers whatever evidence is presented by the other side, which keeps both parties from being surprised during a trial.

Dispelling common bankruptcy myths

If you live in Georgia and feel as if your finances are spiraling out of control, you may be weighing your options and trying to determine whether bankruptcy may help you find the fresh start you need. While the process can sometimes prove complicated, the amount of misinformation out there surrounding the process can convolute matters even further, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction. At Harris and Hartman Law Firm, P.C., we recognize that many misconceptions surround the bankruptcy process, and we have helped many people facing similar situations make educated decisions about their finances.

Per Nerdwallet, one of the most common misconceptions about filing for bankruptcy is that, in doing so, you will automatically have to give up your home, your car and possibly other valuable assets. This is not, however, an absolute truth – instead, it depends on several circumstances, among them the type of bankruptcy filing you utilize. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, for example, you can typically hang on to your home and other key assets, provided you work out a payment plan to pay back at least part of their worth.

Are hands free cellphones really safe?

In Georgia and in many other states in the nation, it is illegal for you to use a hand-held cellphone while driving, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. As a result, you may turn to using hands free cellphones in an attempt to stay in compliance with the law. Although hands free cellphones are marketed as a safe alternative to hand-held devices, they may not be as safe to use as you might think.

A study conducted by AAA found that even hands-free cellphones cause a significant level of cognitive distraction, which can cause serious accidents, injuries and even death. During the study, participants were asked to engage in several tasks while driving a simulator, as well as an actual vehicle equipped with monitoring devices. These tasks included the following:

  •          Speaking on a hand-held cellphone.
  •          Talking on a hands-free cellphone.
  •          Maintaining a conversation with a passenger in the vehicle.
  •          Listening to the radio.
  •          Listening to an audio book.
  •          Composing an email using voice activated technology.

Denied disability claim? You have the right to keep fighting.

Georgia readers know that suffering from a disabling injury or illness is a direct threat to the financial well-being of your family. When you lose your ability to earn a living and provide for your loved ones, it can be heartbreaking and frustrating. You could be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, but like many other applicants, you may quickly learn this process can be difficult.

Many first-time applications for disability benefits come back denied. This may feel like a step back, and it is normal to feel disheartened over this, but there are still options available to you. You have the right to continue your fight for benefits and pursue the financial support you deserve. 

Why social media can hurt you in court

Many people understand the right to remain silent when questioned by Georgia law enforcement. The problem is that when it comes to social media, we are often not silent at all about our personal lives. What people post about themselves, even if it is intended for a small circle of family and friends, can be uncovered by law enforcement and used against a person if that individual ends up charged with a crime.

A piece run on Business Insider explains the trouble a young man got into with a Facebook post. The individual was charged with illegal weapon possession. As it turned out, the male had posted a picture of himself brandishing two firearms on his Facebook account, which countered the defense’s argument that the young man never possessed any weapons before. The photo was posted publicly for all to see, so it was able to be used against the man who posted it.

How catastrophic injury relates to workers’ compensation

If you suffer permanent blindness as a result of a workplace injury, the nature of your injury can entitle you to permanent benefits in your workers’ compensation package. Georgia law describes a number of injuries that qualify as catastrophic injuries. Workers that experience these kinds of injuries are entitled to a wider range of compensation benefits under law.

According to Findlaw, Georgia state law defines a number of injuries as catastrophic. These can include a number of impairments resulting from brain injuries. A person may have problems with any of the five senses, or have trouble with motor functions, or be impaired cognitively and not be able to process information clearly. A catastrophic injury can also involve a neurological disorder or an inability to speak or communicate.