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April 25, 2012

Should children younger than 14 play contact sports like football? Two of the world's leading experts on concussion related injuries disagree on the subject.

Any time a person sustains a head injury, there is risk of concussion, and repeated concussions can have serious consequences. If an athlete receives a second concussion before the first has fully healed, it can cause permanent injury or even death.

According to experts, children who play football throughout high school... Read More

January 26, 2012

Atlanta's Cedartown High School wrestling team sustained injuries recently after a tow truck hit the bus they were riding in. The accident happened as the team left a match around 9pm on a weeknight at the intersection of Rome Bypass and Georgia Highway, authorities said.

The driver of the bus received lacerations to the face due to the accident. A dozen to 15 wrestlers among the 42 passengers aboard the bus sustained minor injuries.

Injured parties were staged at a nearby... Read More

January 12, 2012

People in Atlanta hear it all the time. Whether it's your mom or a poster in the restroom, the message is everywhere: Wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating. Use soap and hot water. And make sure you wash your hands long enough. If anyone asked you, you could tell them all of these things without having to think twice.

So, one would think that doctors would also know when to wash their hands. After using the bathroom, before eating and before going into surgery,... Read More

January 05, 2012

The motorist who crossed the center line and was killed on Mike Padgett Highway has continued to draw attention to the issue of poorly kept roads in Georgia. Because of the highway defect, much-needed improvements to the highway have been scheduled.

The female-driver, age 30, died in the early evening after pulling out of a mobile home park, crossing the double-yellow lines, and striking a logging truck traveling in the opposite direction. According to the coroner, the driver died of... Read More

December 29, 2011

When someone gets hit by a driver who ran a red light, it's pretty clear who was at fault. The same goes for drunk driving accidents or distracted driving accidents caused by texting while driving.

But what happens in a multi-car pileup? Who takes the blame when multiple vehicles are involved in a collision?

Like most accidents, multi-car pileups are governed by the law of negligence. This means that liability is determined by the facts, not by some hard and fast rule.

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December 22, 2011

When we take medications, we trust that they have been safely manufactured. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes the negligence of a pharmaceutical manufacturer can cause otherwise safe medications to become dangerous prescriptions.

Recently, concerns of this nature were raised about the cancer drug Doxil.

A federal Food and Drug Administration inspection of the plant where Doxil is manufactured revealed a troubling disregard for patient safety. Some of the... Read More

October 10, 2011

The aftermath of any catastrophic personal injury can present tremendous challenges for both the injury victim and family members. Spinal cord injuries, amputations and burn injuries can all require long-term care and related medical expenses, but brain injuries can be particularly frustrating.

While the effects of some brain injuries are immediately apparent due to a severe reduction in cognitive abilities and motor function, other injuries can be very difficult to detect and... Read More

August 05, 2011

Commercial truck accidents can be deadly, and are a major concern for both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the trucking industry alike. Both agree that improving safety on the nation's roads and highways is a top priority.

While the number of fatal accidents caused by semis and 18 wheelers has declined recently, federal regulators believe the decline is due to a decrease in trucking traffic brought on by the state of the economy. Once the economy begins to rebound... Read More

July 06, 2011

Traffic fatalities are a horrifyingly common occurrence in the United States. In 2009, the last year where statistics are available, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 30,797 total traffic deaths across the country. Although this is the lowest mark since 1950, motorists must still remain vigilant employing every defensive measure possible to avoid becoming one of these statistics whenever taking to the road.

What Human Factors Cause Fatal Auto... Read More

April 12, 2011

At the end of December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, launched a new program intended to improve commercial truck and bus safety. The Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program compiles safety violations in an effort to help reduce accidents involving commercial vehicles and to provide consumers with information about how safe specific commercial motor carriers are.

The main part of the CSA is the Safety... Read More