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What are the different types of negligence?

You have probably heard from someone in Rossville that we live in a litigious society where everyone is looking to sue. What is lost in that assumption is that very often, the accidents and resulting injuries that people suffer often leave them facing inordinate expenses. If the events that caused such maladies were due to the negligence others, then it may be understandable why those who suffer through them would want to hold the responsible parties accountable. 

Personal injury tort cases represent a varying portion of the civil caseloads seen from state-to-state (information shared by the National Center for State Courts shows them to account for as low as 1 percent in some areas, and as high as 25 percent in others). At the heart of a majority of these cases is likely a question of negligence. The type of alleged negligence involved will often determine the potential compensation one might collect. 

Understanding the differences between SSDI and SSI

Are you unable to work because of a debilitating injury or medical issue? When medical problems preclude you from holding gainful employment in Georgia, it can be a threat to your financial well-being, but it is possible that you could be eligible for certain benefits. Individuals who are unable to work because of a physical injury, medical condition or mental issue could be eligible for one of two types of disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration.

The two types of benefits are Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. The one for which you may be eligible depends on your financial situation and other factors. If you believe that you may have a rightful claim to either SSDI or SSI, you would be wise to start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case.

What are some common restaurant injuries?

Regardless of what industry you work in, there are likely to be common injuries that happen all the time. If you work in the restaurant industry in Georgia, knowing what those common injuries are could help you to be more alert and aware, so you can avoid them. 

According to QSR, the inexperienced nature of the restaurant industry's staff often leads to workplace injuries, but there are a few that seem to happen way more often than others. It is not likely to surprise you that burns are a top injury. Burns happen because you are working with hot stovetops, ovens, pans, utensils, pots and other extremely hot items. In addition, you have boiling water and scalding steam that also pose a risk.

How can I hurt my case in criminal court?

When faced with criminal charges in Rossville, you may feel afraid and uncertain about your future. You may even feel lost as you think about the things you may or may not able to do. While you are trying to come to terms with your situation, it is important for you to realize the impact of your actions and how it can become worse if you do not mind your words and behaviors. Take some time and heed of the following advice as you ponder your next actions. 

The jury’s and judge’s impression 

What does a bankruptcy trustee do?

Many people in Georgia believe that all they need to do to apply for bankruptcy is to file their paperwork. However, there are many more actions they must take to ensure their cases are handled correctly. One of the very first things that must happen when a person files for Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy is assigning the case to a trustee. 

A “bankruptcy trustee is a court-appointed individual” who presides over bankruptcy meetings, negotiations and petitions, states The Balance. Bankruptcy trustee duties vary depending on the filer’s circumstances and type of bankruptcy. Some tasks are similar, but there are some key differences that filers should be aware of. 

Driving on a suspended license: What to expect

Driving is a privilege, not a right like many people in the Rossville area believe. When you abuse the privilege, it can be taken away. One of the questions we often receive at Harriss and Hartman Law Firm, P.C., concerns what happens after a person is caught driving on a suspended license. If you are one of them, take a few moments to review the following information and how it may pertain to your situation. 

Driving with a suspended license is a crime. It can result in you receiving a misdemeanor or felony charge. Both types of charges will give you a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life. It carries penalties that can interfere with your livelihood and ability to reinstate your driving privileges. Offenders must pay fines, reinstatement fees and satisfy other requirements to have their driving privileges reinstated. 

Understanding why an SSDI claim is denied before filing an appeal

Many individuals suffer from conditions that inhibit their ability to maintain gainful employment. If you have a disability, you could be suffering a lesser quality of life, potentially prompting a need to explore the available outlets for financial relief.

In your search for aid, you might choose to file for Social Security disability benefits. A similar process can be lengthy and intimidating, and if your initial claim results in rejection, you might be feeling somewhat overwhelmed and uncertain of where to turn for answers.

How do I report an unsafe product?

If you buy a product in Georgia, it is reasonable to expect that product will not cause you harm when used as intended. However, there are times when products do cause injuries or illnesses. If you come across a defective or harmful product, you should report it. You can make a report with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC has available on its website a report of harm, which is a report that lets you explain what happened and how a product caused you harm. You will provide quite a bit of information to allow the CPSC to make a complete investigation. You should give information about the product, including label information and details on the manufacturer. Including photographs of the product is encouraged. You will need to provide information about when and where the incident happened and what harm was caused, along with contact information for yourself.

What happens if you are injured but fail the drug test?

In most cases, if you are injured on a Georgia worksite, you will be required to take a drug test. This test can be used to determine if you were at fault in the incident. You probably know that workers' compensation rules are pretty strict. You have to file your report within so many days to get your expenses covered. You may have to undergo an independent medical exam. You have to fill in all the right papers. If you make one misstep it can delay your case or even lead to it being thrown out. So, if you fail a drug test, what will happen to your workers' compensation?

According to the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation, your workers' compensation benefits can be denied if you test positive for drugs after an accident. It is considered willful misconduct, which is something not covered under this type of insurance. In other words, your own actions are assumed to have contributed to your accident. You may be tempted to then refuse to take the drug test, thinking you might be able to delay it. However, the law is pretty clear on this point, too. If you refuse to take the drug test, you are automatically assumed to be under the influence, and your benefits are immediately denied.

How can I make my debt more manageable?

You may have a good career and make decent money in Georgia. But that does not make it easier for you to pay your bills. You might have lingering debts from a recent serious illness and have been struggling to catch up on payments. If you find that your debts are not going down and you are losing sleep due to creditor harassment and stress, it may be time for you to consider some options. 

You may be interested in filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy so you can say goodbye to those debts and start over anew. But bankruptcy should be a last resort. Before you start the paperwork, consider meeting with an attorney. Take some time to review the following ways you may be able to get your debt under control.