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Atlanta Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Common ways children get hurt in car accidents

As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to keep your children safe in every environment, including the car. You use the proper booster seats and restraints to prevent injuries. Even with these protections, you can never predict when an auto accident may occur or how serious it may be.

According to the CDC, motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of fatalities among American kids. In fact, 723 children died, and more than 128,000 sustained injuries in crashes in 2016. What are the most common injuries for children in car accidents? It is important to know what risks your children face in the event of a wreck, so you can be ready to care for them. 

Filing a successful workers' compensation claim

Dangerous conditions create opportunities for injuries all the time. For those injured on the job, it may be possible to receive much needed monetary relief through workers' compensation benefits.

A proper workers' compensation claim begins with the filing process. There are a few significant factors that contribute to a successful claim.

Did your baby suffer an orthopedic birth injury?

Many babies sustain birth injuries. Among those are orthopedic injuries, which affect the baby's skeletal system. Common orthopedic injuries in newborns include Erb’s Palsy and clavicle fractures.

New parents must place a lot of trust in their medical teams. However, when a baby is born with a serious injury, parents must confront the reality that it may be the fault of their doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional. Determining responsibility is important -- both for the parents' peace of mind and for any civil claim that may result.

Left turns and other reasons for pedestrian fatalities

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of pedestrians who died in traffic accidents in 2015 was 5,376.

Georgia law recognizes the pain and suffering families go through and provides fair compensation to the loved ones of those who died because of another person’s negligence.

Did you sustain injuries while giving birth?

As a mother, you have the beautiful responsibility of bringing forth life, and you trust your doctor to aid you in the process. However, if a physician makes a mistake, it can place you and your child at serious risk.

If you sustained preventable injuries while giving birth, you do have a way of recourse. Before you embark upon your claim, you should know a few things.

Ronald L. Hilley to Speak at Trial Advocacy CLE

Hilley & Frieder partner Ronald L. "Ron" Hilley will be speaking at the State Bar of Georgia's upcoming Trial Advocacy Seminar on Friday, November 2. Ron is thrilled to join a roster of leaders in Georgia's legal community, including attorneys at top law firms and the Honorable Alvin T. Wong, a DeKalb County State Court Judge.

Ron's presentation is titled "Statutory Employers and Third Party Actions," drawing on his extensive experience representing plaintiffs in workplace injury claims. In more than 40 years of advocacy on behalf of injured individuals, Ron has established himself as a leader in complex work injury claims and appeared as lead counsel in related matters throughout Georgia.

What to do when you see a doctor after a car accident

Significant injuries can occur from car accidents of any severity. Fortunately, no one sustained serious injuries in a recent car crash in Gwinnett County when a car flipped and landed on a playground. 

Regardless of how you may feel after a collision, it is always preferable to see a doctor shortly afterward. If seeing a medical professional immediately after your accident is not possible, then you should see a medical professional within 72 hours. To help your potential auto accident claim, you should take the following steps when you see a doctor: 

Do independent contractors qualify for workers' comp?

An increasing number of Americans have become independent contractors. One recent poll found that approximately one out of every five American workers engage in contract work. 

Although there are advantages to this line of work, it does have its downfalls. For instance, independent contractors do not qualify for workers' compensation if they sustain injuries while in the line of duty. However, if you suffer an injury during the course of employment, then you may be able to qualify for benefits even if your employer considers you a freelancer.

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