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October 2018 Archives

Data shows young drivers can be dangerous

Georgia teen drivers who allow other teens in their vehicles may be creating hazardous situations for everyone. This is according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It found that the fatality rate for those in a vehicle containing all teenagers increased by 51 percent. When vehicles had older drivers, the fatality rates decreased for everyone in the vehicle.

Addressing the rise in deaths caused by large trucks

Georgia residents who are concerned about safety when sharing the road with large trucks should be aware that there is no requirement for tractor-trailer and other large trucks to have crash-avoidance technology. This is true despite the fact that there are thousands of crashes involving large vehicles that occur every year and frequent calls for the technology to be a requirement.

Proving an owner is responsible for a fall accident

Every year in Georgia and throughout the U.S., thousands of people are injured from slip-and-fall accidents. In many of these cases, it is the property owners who are to blame, but proving this can be a difficult matter. The following are just some of the factors that must be considered to prove fault in a slip-and-fall claim.

Dementia misdiagnoses can hurt patients' chances

Misdiagnosis can cause serious problems for people in Georgia who have Lewy body dementia. The disease is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease because it can present with initial symptoms similar to either of these. If it is misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's, the patient may be prescribed certain medications that they'll respond poorly to, or the patient may not be prescribed medications that could work well.

Is your doctor's stethoscope making you sick?

You have enough to worry about if you end up hospitalized for an illness or injury. Nevertheless, it seems that if you want to avoid contracting one of several hospital-acquired infections, you must also be proactive when interacting with hospital staff. This may mean speaking up when your nurse fails to wash his or her hands or using your own disinfectant wipes on the side rails of your bed.