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Occupational Diseases and Work Injuries

Anyone who sustains a workplace injury should be able to recover compensation for their losses. This includes coverage of their medical bills and a significant portion of their lost income if they cannot work while they recover. However, not all injuries are necessarily traumatic. Often, individuals suffer from occupational injuries that occur as a result of exposure the hazardous conditions in the workplace. Here, we want to discuss how individuals recover compensation if they sustain an occupational disease as a result of job-related duties. What is an Occupational Disease and is This Different From a Regular Work Injury? An occupational… read more

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When an Employer Violates Workers Comp Laws

Any employee who sustains an injury on the job should be able to recover compensation for their losses. In Georgia, this includes coverage of all medical bills caused by the workplace injury as well as a significant portion of lost wages if an employee cannot work while they recover. But what happens if an employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance? Here, we want to discuss what types of penalties that employers could face if they fail to properly insure their workers. Additionally, we will look at where an injured worker can turn to recover compensation for their injuries if… read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Power of Attorney After the Death of a Loved One

If you have lost somebody that you love, you may wonder who will be responsible for making decisions about the deceased’s assets and their estate. You may think that this involves a power of attorney document, but the reality is that a power of attorney ceases to be valid after a person passes away. Here, we want to discuss who has control over a person’s assets after a person passes away in Georgia. A Power of Attorney is Not Valid After Death Most people believe that a person who has a power of attorney will continue to have the authority… read more

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Are Hotels Responsible for Assaults on Their Property?

An assault can happen anywhere. Assaults happen at shopping mall parking lots, private residences, restaurants, and many other areas. They also happen at hotels. However, are hotels responsible for injuries that occur as a result of an assault on their premises? Here, we want to discuss how premises liability law handles assaults that occur on hotel and motel property in Georgia. The reality is that there are some instances where property owners could be held liable for an assault on their property, but there is also a chance that they will hold no liability at all. Hotels and Security Premises… read more

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What Should I do if My Car Was Recalled?

The last thing that anybody wants to receive in the mail is a recall notice for their vehicle. However, recall are often misunderstood. Here, we want to discuss what steps you should take if you discover your car is facing a recall. In some cases, it is imperative that you act immediately to ensure that you do not get involved in an emergency caused by a faulty vehicle. In other situations, a recall may be for a relatively minor problem with the vehicle. How Will I Know if My Car is Recalled? The last thing you likely expect is to… read more

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The Fatal Four on Construction Sites

Those who work in construction face risks every day. In fact, workplace safety data from the US government shows that approximately one out of every five worker deaths each year in this country revolves around the construction industry. Here, we want to look at what has been termed the “Fatal Four” for construction sites. That is, we will examine the four most hazardous fatal conditions that arise at construction sites in Georgia and throughout the US. What Are The Fatal Four And How Are They Prevented? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has partnered with employers, safety professionals, and… read more

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“BWP Cares” Delivers Over 33,000 Meals to First Responders

Butler Wooten & Peak created a non-profit organization by the name of BWP Cares to provide meals to medical providers and heroes on the front lines in Columbus, Atlanta & Savannah, Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic. BWP made the initial seed donation to get the project started and since April 3 over 33,000 meals have been delivered to healthcare workers and first responders. Community members and businesses have donated to purchase more meals for our healthcare heroes. All meals have been purchased from locally owned restaurants. Brooke Peak, marketing director of BWP, is coordinating meal deliveries in Columbus, Atlanta, Savannah,… read more

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The Difference Between Slip & Fall and Trip & Fall Accidents

When a person sustains a fall injury as a result of the careless or negligent actions of a property owner, they can sustain significant injuries that lead to major setbacks. Property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of their premises for those who have a right to be there, and if they fail to maintain proper walkways, this can lead to “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accidents. Data from the National Safety Council shows that falls are among the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the US, and these falls are often the result of slip… read more

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Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death in Georgia

If you have lost a loved one due to the careless or negligent actions of another individual, company, or entity in Georgia, you may be entitled to various types of compensation for your losses. Family members of the deceased are allowed to file wrongful death claims in civil court, but they have to do so within a certain timeframe, according to Georgia law. Here, we want to discuss the Georgia wrongful death statute of limitations. We strongly encourage you to work with a skilled attorney who has experience handling these complex claims as you move forward throughout this process. What… read more

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Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Head and brain injuries can lead to severe symptoms and long-lasting disabilities for a victim. A person who sustains a traumatic brain injury can suffer from a wide range of symptoms that depend on the initial severity of the injury, how quickly a person receives treatment, and the effectiveness of that treatment. Traumatic brain injuries range from relatively mild to severe, and the symptoms one person experiences may differ from another person who experiences a similar injury. Data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows us that approximately 1.5 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each… read more

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