Macon, Georgia What happens after I reach MMI under Georgia law? Lawyer

What happens after I reach MMI under Georgia law?

If you’ve been injured on the job, workers’ compensation should pay your medical and rehabilitation costs and provide you with income benefits. These benefits are meant to help you recover from your injuries and get back to work. That sounds simple, but the reality is much more complex. What happens after you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) under Georgia law is your ability to work, return to your job and what benefits you receive should become more clear. What is workers' compensation? Workers' compensation is insurance provided by employers for medical, rehabilitation and income benefits to those injured or who become ill on the job. If you’re unable to work for more than seven days, you’re entitled to income benefits base...

Macon, Georgia Electrical Implant Helps Woman With Brain Damage Lawyer

Electrical Implant Helps Woman With Brain Damage

At least three million Americans live with serious brain injuries, some of which were suffered in accidents caused by the negligence of another person. Most of these people are no longer tracked or institutionally cared for after initial treatment. They are often taken care of by their families or have to take care of themselves. These injured people usually have to manage problems with fatigue, attention and concentration and typically have no hope of improvement. But recently, a team of clinical researchers reported some degree of hope. With a medical device implant that stimulates brain activity, they were able to restore almost-normal levels of brain function to a woman who was seriously hurt in an auto accident 20 years ago. The scient...

Macon, Georgia Three Ways to Share the Road Safely with Motorcyclists Lawyer

Three Ways to Share the Road Safely with Motorcyclists

According to the NHTSA, the number of motorcyclists who died in accidents fell to 5,172 in 2017, which was a decrease of 3%. Nonetheless, motorcycle riders are still vastly overrepresented in traffic deaths. To keep everyone on the road as safe as possible, the NHTSA wants to remind motorcyclists to make themselves as visible to other drivers as possible, to use a good motorcycle helmet and to never ride after drinking alcohol. Awareness Tips for Motorists Safe motorcycle riding practices and full cooperation from everyone on the road will greatly reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our highways. But it is vital for car drivers to understand the serious safety challenges that motorcyclists face. For example, a motorcycle is much sma...

Macon, Georgia Motorcyclists Face Constant Danger from…Grass Clippings Lawyer

Motorcyclists Face Constant Danger from…Grass Clippings

Many people are aware of the dangers that motorcyclists face on our roadways, but those dangers are due primarily to the careless or reckless actions of other drivers. But did you know that mere grass clippings could present a danger to motorcyclists? When people mow their grass and blow the clippings on the road, they may be contributing to a dangerous situation for both motorcyclists and cyclists. But many wonder: Is this actually against the law? The answer in most states seems to be both yes and no. In some states, there are laws that prohibit blowing your grass clippings onto the road. But the majority of states allow the cities and counties to determine whether a law has been broken and what the fines are. A fine and possible criminal...

Macon, Georgia Preparing Your Teen for the 100 Deadliest Days Lawyer

Preparing Your Teen for the 100 Deadliest Days

One of the deadliest times for teen drivers is coming up on us – the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day – known by AAA as the 100 Deadliest Days. According to 2016 data, more than 1,050 people died in crashes involving a teen driver between those holidays that year. That is a 10-per-day average, which is a 14% increase compared to the rest of the year, according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. As school is letting out for the summer, AAA has been emphasizing the importance of educating and preparing young, inexperienced drivers for some of the most hazardous driving days of the year. According to the Foundation, the number of deadly crashes involving teen drivers during the summer is a major traffic safety con...

Macon, Georgia A New Bill Shores Up School Bus Safety in Georgia Lawyer

A New Bill Shores Up School Bus Safety in Georgia

As of the end of March 2019, all school bus drivers in Georgia may need to be vetted twice per year by public safety officials. Georgia lawmakers recently passed a bus driver safety bill in the state Senate and House. The Georgia Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 26. The bill would make a new registry of school bus drivers in Georgia, in the Department of Public Safety. The bill, HB 459, would mandate Georgia school districts to turn in the name and driver's license number of each school bus driver before they may drive a school bus. The Department of Public Safety would verify the information on every driver’s license. The agency would then call the local school board if the license was expired, cancelled or suspended. Also und...

Macon, Georgia 25 Years of Workplace Injuries – How Do Today's Workplaces Stack Up? Lawyer

25 Years of Workplace Injuries – How Do Today's Workplaces Stack Up?

For more than 45 years, the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled statistics about injuries, illnesses and fatalities on the job in the U.S. According to a recent survey of the last 25 years of data, U.S. workers are getting injured less and dying less often at work. But, clearly, there is still work to be done to make every workplace in America safe. BLS reports that fatal work injuries have dropped 17% since 1992. From 1992 through 2016, there were approximately 140,000 fatal work injuries in the U.S. In 1992, there were 6,200 fatal injuries; in 2016, there were only 5,190, even though the U.S. population and work force was larger. According to BLS data, there were 14 deaths per da...

Macon, Georgia 5 Ways We Can Make Teens Better Drivers Lawyer

5 Ways We Can Make Teens Better Drivers

The vast majority of new drivers are teens, and until they gain some experience, the first few months of driving can be the most dangerous months of a teen’s life. There’s no way to guarantee without any doubt that a teen driver will stay safe. However, with a few little actions you can contribute to greater safety for yourself and your teen driver. 1. Model Good Driving Habits Even before children become teens, it’s important to be a good role model for them. Whether you like it or not, your children are going to imitate your driving habits. Give them a positive model for what is acceptable and they’ll learn to drive responsibly. This isn’t complicated. If you want your children to follow the rules of the road, make sure you do i...

Macon, Georgia Why Two is Better Than One on Georgia’s Railroads Lawyer

Why Two is Better Than One on Georgia’s Railroads

In the railroad industry today, there are usually two engineers on each freight train. But just as the automobile industry is talking about moving toward driverless technology, railroads are thinking the same. Some believe the next step for railroads could be a one-man crew with a system to monitor the engineer’s performance. But there is a bill being considered by the Georgia legislature that would require two engineers on each train, and railroad companies are not pleased. The idea of having only one engineer on a huge freight train worries some train conductors. One of those concerned is Jake Gohagan, who lives in Savannah. He was one of a group of railroad employees who visited the Capitol recently to lobby for the two-engineer bill, ...

Macon, Georgia Let’s Talk About Drunk Driving for Alcohol Awareness Month Lawyer

Let’s Talk About Drunk Driving for Alcohol Awareness Month

Excessive drinking is a major problem in the United States. Drinking too much leads to personal injuries, car accidents, violence, drowning, liver disease and even some forms of cancer. But the good news is that all of us can take simple steps to avoid the misuse and abuse of alcohol. During Alcohol Awareness Month in April, all of us can help society by spreading the word about how to avoid alcohol abuse. We also can encourage our families, communities and individuals to get involved in this important public health effort. As personal injury attorneys in Georgia who have seen how drinking can lead to terrible car accidents and injuries, The Mann Law Firm strongly supports Alcohol Awareness Month. We hope this month more people are remind...

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How Often Do Car Accident Cases Go to Court?

Involvement in a vehicle crash can lead to trying days ahead, and you may be asking how often do car accident cases go to court? While the last thing you want to do is drag out the process and delay receipt of payments for medical expenses, replacement of p...