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Botched spinal surgery leads to lawsuit, $1.2 million verdict

Medical malpractice is unacceptable and terrifying in any form. But some cases are more serious than others. In fact, some cases are downright scary. We feel that the following story exemplifies this.

A 42-year-old woman recently won her lawsuit filed against a spinal surgeon for $1.2 million after she alleged that the surgeon botched her spinal surgery and only made her scoliosis worse. She went to the surgeon's neurosurgical clinic in July 2011 hoping that the surgery would fix issues with her spine. However, in the wake of the surgery, she only suffered more pain and a spinal column that was out of position.

Car accident deaths have been increasing in Georgia since 2014

When someone dies in a car accident, it is tragic. Their loved ones will feel emotional pain and they will grieve for a long time to come. All of these feelings are amplified if the accident in question occurred under negligent circumstances. To know that someone has died in an accident is one thing -- but to know it happened because someone else was being reckless or dangerous with no regard for your loved one's safety is another thing entirely.

We bring this up in the context of some data from the Georgia Department of Transportation which shows that the last few years have been dangerous ones out on the state's roads. In 2014, 1,170 people died in accident in Georgia. That number jumped up to 1,432 people in 2015, and it continued to increase in 2016 when 1,561 people died in car accidents. 

A tired trucker is a major threat to your safety

Due to their heavier size and weight, a semi-trailer can inflict serious damage when involved in accidents with smaller vehicles. Truck drivers have a special responsibility to drive safely and cautiously, as well as to adhere to industry regulations in order to prevent unnecessary accidents. One of these regulations pertains to the permitted number of hours a trucker can be behind the wheel consecutively.

A tired trucker is a dangerous trucker, and even a few hours over the legal limit can lead to decreased awareness, slower reaction times and more. If you suffered an injury in an Atlanta-area truck accident, it is possible that fatigue played a role in your pain and suffering.

Some common car accident questions, answered

Being in a car accident is a traumatic and upsetting moment in life. Anyone that has been in a wreck before, no matter how minor, will tell you the same thing. That moment before the cars collide, where you hold your breath and hope for the best, is terrifying. So when the wreck is over and you are left with the aftermath, it can be tough to know how to proceed. Today, we want to talk about a few frequently asked topics in relation to car accidents.

What should I do after a car accident? In the wake of a car accident, you need to remain calm. You could be in pain, both physically and emotionally. As such, you should take photos of the accident scene and calmly exchange information with other drivers. You should also consult with an attorney if you think civil litigation is appropriate.

Medical errors are third leading cause of death

It feels like every month there is a new article that, rightly so, decries the current state of our medical profession and how medical errors are leaving innocent people with catastrophic or fatal injuries. This week, we find ourselves reading another one of these articles, and it will make you wonder where the medical profession should go from here.

Researchers at John Hopkins found that medical mistakes that relate to four areas of human error -- skill and coordination of care, diagnostic errors, system defects, and preventable adverse effects -- combine to be the third leading cause of death of Americans if you look at the data from 2013. In that year, heart disease (611,105 deaths) and cancer (584,881 deaths) were the two leading causes. Medical errors in the four areas listed above totaled 251,454 deaths, putting it solidly in third.

Car swerves over center line, causes serious accident

A woman was air lifted to Atlanta after a car crash occurred on, and ultimately closed, Highway 34. The accident occurred in the afternoon, when two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on the highway. The woman who was airlifted was driving a Chevy traveling west. All of a sudden, the woman's vehicle began drifting into the eastbound lanes. It collided with a Dodge pickup truck that was unable to avoid the veering vehicle.

The two people in the Dodge miraculously did not suffer serious injuries in the accident, though the injuries they did suffer were not detailed. The woman in the Chevy, however, suffered "substantial" injuries to her head and arm. She was not wearing a seat belt.

Why are pedestrian deaths and injuries increasing?

Off the top of your head, if you have to guess which year had more pedestrian deaths, which one would you pick: 2006 or 2015?

Most people would choose 2006, a selection born out of the idea that as time goes on, we improve as a society. Thus, 2006 would have more pedestrian deaths than 2015. This is an idealistic view of the world, and it isn't without merit in certain cases. But in the case of pedestrian safety, it is unfortunately a misguided view. 2015 actually had more pedestrian deaths than 2006, and by a significant margin.

CDC figures on impaired driving are alarming

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 there were 10,265 people were killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle accidents, constituting nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. This is just one piece of data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on their page devoted to the impaired driving problem. The CDC also notes that in 2015, about 1.1 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Now that figure is staggering in its own right, but here's the kicker: it only constitutes 1 percent of the 111 million self-reported incident of drivers operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In other words, lots of people are out on the road while intoxicated, and they are getting away with it.

Was your loved one abused in a nursing home? You can fight back

When a person in a nursing home experiences abuse or other types of mistreatment, that person may feel embarrassed, confused and afraid to speak out. Often, nursing home abuse victims remain quiet about what they experienced, and family members may be the ones to notice that there is something amiss with their loved one. 

If you believe that your family member experienced abuse of any kind as a resident of a Georgia nursing home, you have the right to take legal action on his or her behalf. You should not only fight for the victim's personal safety, you may also seek compensation for both the physical injuries and emotional damages he or she experienced.

Fatal truck crash leaves 10 hospitalized, driver charged

A 60-year-old truck driver has been charged with numerous charges after he was involved in a tragic 8-vehicle crash that left one person dead and nearly a dozen people injured. The wreck occurred on Georgia Highway 316 recently, and a preliminary investigation by police into the crash revealed that the truck driver likely failed to stop his vehicle.

The 60-year-old faces charges of vehicular homicide and following too closely, the latter charge showing that this truck driver was not obeying traffic norms and laws. It gives credence to the idea that he failed to stop, though it doesn't prove it.

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