Jennifer Shannon Injured in Tuesday Crash

Jennifer Shannon, 45, of Lubbock, was transported to UMC Tuesday after a semi truck caused a crash on FM 179 south of Shallowater. Teh crash happened near the intersection of FM 179 and CR 6400 (Urusline St.). DPS said the driver

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7 Ways to Avoid Boating Accidents

As the school year comes to an end and temperatures nearing 90 degrees,
many people are putting on their summer gear and heading to the water.
Boating is a common pastime in the Cobb County area – and the fun
and excitement that comes with boating has many ready for the summer season.
Unfortunately, even the best summer fun can lead to life altering accidents.

In 2015 Georgia saw 4,158 accidents, 2,613 injuries, 626 fatalities and
$42 million in property damage all attributed to boating accidents. That’s
a 2.3% increase in accidents compared to 2014, and a 2.6% increase in
fatalities. Drowning was a factor in almost 80% of the known causes of
death. And of that percentage, 85% were not wearing a life jacket.

As recently as February 2017, we heard about a boating collision at nearby
Lake Allatoona that led to one injury and the death of two people. There
are countless statistics that illustrate the seriousness of boating accidents,
so it’s important to be conscious of boating safety. So as you prepare
to create wonderful summer memories with family and friends, please be
mindful of the following boating safety tips:

  • Be mindful of the weather. Though being wet is part of the fun of being on the water, it’s different
    when due to the weather. Storms can create winds and unpredictable weather
    patterns that make boating unsafe. Be conscious of weather conditions
    before you go out on the water.
  • Create a checklist. Many people do this with a car, and it is no different with a boat. By
    making a checklist, you’re ensuring that details aren’t going
    unnoticed and will help keep you safer on the water.
  • Have a plan and share it. How many times has someone told you, “Let me know when you get there”
    or “I’ll call you when I land”? When traveling, it’s
    important that someone is aware of your whereabouts and your plans. It
    is no different on the water. It’s always a good idea to let someone
    know of your trip itinerary, such as where you’re going and how
    long you should be gone. Informing the marina of such information is a
    good idea as well.
  • Always wear a lifejacket. A lifejacket is a seatbelt on the water. Just as many car accident deaths
    are attributed to not wearing a seatbelt, many drowning deaths are credited
    to not wearing a life jacket. Even a skilled swimmer can suffer from a
    cramp or unexpected water conditions that affect their swimming skills.
    Always wear a lifejacket and avoid the risk.
  • Be confident in your swimming. Knowing how to swim is extremely important when being in the water. If
    you would like to learn or become a better swimmer, check your area for
    swimming lesson being offered. The YMCA regularly offers classes, for example.
  • Avoid alcohol. Many people assume that alcohol-related accidents are only common on roadways,
    but that’s not true. In fact, alcohol is the leading factor in boating
    deaths. Avoid alcohol and ensure responsibility and safety for all when
    on the water.
  • Understand the boat. Along with those statistics from 2015, 71% of deaths occurred on a boat
    in which the operator had not received proper instruction. Boating courses
    are extremely important and can be the difference between life and death.
    Being confident and understanding the water will help prevent accidents for all.

By following these tips, we hope you changes of being involved in a boating
accident will be reduced. Jones & Swanson wishes everyone a happy
and safe summer season. We’ll see you on the water!

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Summer Boating Safety Tips

As the school year comes to an end and temperatures nearing 90 degrees,
many people are putting on their summer gear and heading to the water.
Boating is a common pastime in the Cobb County area – and the fun
and excitement that comes with boating has many ready for the summer season.
Unfortunately, even the best summer fun can lead to life altering accidents.

In 2015 Georgia saw 4,158 accidents, 2,613 injuries, 626 fatalities and
$42 million in property damage all attributed to boating accidents. That’s
a 2.3% increase in accidents compared to 2014, and a 2.6% increase in
fatalities. Drowning was a factor in almost 80% of the known causes of
death. And of that percentage, 85% were not wearing a life jacket.

As recently as February 2017, we heard about a boating collision at nearby
Lake Allatoona that led to one injury and the death of two people. There
are countless statistics that illustrate the seriousness of boating accidents,
so it’s important to be conscious of boating safety. So as you prepare
to create wonderful summer memories with family and friends, please be
mindful of the following boating safety tips:

  • Be mindful of the weather. Though being wet is part of the fun of being on the water, it’s different
    when due to the weather. Storms can create winds and unpredictable weather
    patterns that make boating unsafe. Be conscious of weather conditions
    before you go out on the water.
  • Create a checklist. Many people do this with a car, and it is no different with a boat. By
    making a checklist, you’re ensuring that details aren’t going
    unnoticed and will help keep you safer on the water.
  • Have a plan and share it. How many times has someone told you, “Let me know when you get there”
    or “I’ll call you when I land”? When traveling, it’s
    important that someone is aware of your whereabouts and your plans. It
    is no different on the water. It’s always a good idea to let someone
    know of your trip itinerary, such as where you’re going and how
    long you should be gone. Informing the marina of such information is a
    good idea as well.
  • Always wear a lifejacket. A lifejacket is a seatbelt on the water. Just as many car accident deaths
    are attributed to not wearing a seatbelt, many drowning deaths are credited
    to not wearing a life jacket. Even a skilled swimmer can suffer from a
    cramp or unexpected water conditions that affect their swimming skills.
    Always wear a lifejacket and avoid the risk.
  • Be confident in your swimming. Knowing how to swim is extremely important when being in the water. If
    you would like to learn or become a better swimmer, check your area for
    swimming lesson being offered. The YMCA regularly offers classes, for example.
  • Avoid alcohol. Many people assume that alcohol-related accidents are only common on roadways,
    but that’s not true. In fact, alcohol is the leading factor in boating
    deaths. Avoid alcohol and ensure responsibility and safety for all when
    on the water.
  • Understand the boat. Along with those statistics from 2015, 71% of deaths occurred on a boat
    in which the operator had not received proper instruction. Boating courses
    are extremely important and can be the difference between life and death.
    Being confident and understanding the water will help prevent accidents for all.

By following these tips, we hope you changes of being involved in a boating
accident will be reduced. Jones & Swanson wishes everyone a happy
and safe summer season. We’ll see you on the water!

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What is an Eggshell Plaintiff?

In
personal injury cases, there are times where an injured party had a pre-existing condition
that was exacerbated by the accident in question. As a result, the plaintiff’s
injuries are more severe than they would have normally been had the plaintiff
not had the pre-existing condition. Suppose a woman is rear-ended in a
car accident at 45 mph.

One week before the crash, she had neck surgery. Now, the rear-end
collision completely undid her neck surgery and not only that, it made her neck in
worse condition than it was prior to the surgery. Understandably, she
would suffer significantly more damages than a person who had a perfectly
healthy neck prior to the crash.

So, does this mean that the at-fault party is responsible for all of her
additional damages? Under the eggshell plaintiff doctrine (or eggshell
skull rule), yes, the at-fault party would be responsible for her additional
damages, even though they were made worse by her prior medical condition
and surgery.

Under the eggshell plaintiff doctrine, an at-fault party must take the
victim as they find them. An injured party’s damages are not reduced
because he or she is more susceptible to an injury than most people. Essentially,
the eggshell plaintiff rule holds the defendant financially responsible
for all damages that his or her negligence caused, regardless of the plaintiff’s
frail or delicate condition or preexisting injuries.

About Pre-Existing Injuries

Even though the eggshell plaintiff rule is well-understood in Georgia and
throughout the nation, that doesn’t stop insurance companies from
trying to claim that a plaintiff’s injuries were pre-existing and
not caused by the accident – this is a dirty trick played by insurance
companies.

If you had a pre-existing injury, don’t let that stop you from filing
a personal injury claim. Even if your pre-existing injuries made the claim
more expensive, you still have every right to file a claim against the
at-fault party. All law students learn about the eggshell plaintiff rule
and how a victim with pre-existing injuries is entitled to damages, even
if they were in a minor fender-bender. However, not all plaintiffs know
that their pre-existing injuries cannot be used to reduce their claim.

If you were injured in an accident and you would be deemed an eggshell
plaintiff, don’t let that stop you from filing a claim for compensation.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a skilled Smyrna personal injury lawyer.

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Happy Mother’s Day from Jones & Swanson

The attorneys and staff members at Jones & Swanson would like to wish
all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day! The love and dedication that a
mother gives cannot be fully appreciated in one day, but we’re happy
a day exists with the sole purpose of celebrating moms nonetheless. Despite
differences in personalities and beliefs between people throughout the
world, one thing that we all have in common is the existence of a mother
who gave birth to us. Today, we celebrate those women – including
many mothers within the Jones & Swanson family.

Whether you are lucky enough to be able to celebrate with your mother this
year or not, we urge you to take a moment today to appreciate the moms
that work tirelessly and selfishly every day. A mother can take many forms
– a working executive, home maker, head of household, and so much
more. Regardless of a mother’s occupation, we are grateful to those
that help maintain the love, structure, and bond of a family. We thank
all moms for guiding our children so they may have a bright future filled
with endless possibilities. Enjoy today and know how important you are
to our community.

Many Georgians will travel to spend time with their mothers this weekend.
For those that are traveling this weekend, we encourage safety on the
roads and to be mindful of the many people that are traveling across the
area. As with any holiday or busy time of year, it is important to use
extra precaution on Georgia roadways.

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Philadelphia Police Officer Charged in Fatal Off-Duty Pedestrian Accident

A Philadelphia police officer has been charged in connection with a fatal accident that occurred in January while the officer was off duty. According to police, Adam Soto, 25, a three-year veteran of the force, has been charged with felony homicide by vehicle and misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter after striking a pedestrian who died from his injuries.

Soto has been suspended from the force since the incident although officials plan to formally dismiss him when his suspension expires.

Soto turned himself over to Internal Affairs after an investigation. According to the police investigation, Soto was driving his personal vehicle more than 80 mph while off duty on January 16. He struck a pedestrian, 50-year-old Daniel Dimitri, at around 11:30 am. Dimitri died from his injuries at 12:30 pm.

Soto was driving east on Cottman Avenue struck Dimitri as he was running across the street. According to Kathleen Martin, First Assistant District Attorney, Soto’s actions were especially egregious because the accident occurred at a well-traveled intersection mid-morning.

The investigation found that a fellow off-duty police officer, 25-year-old Tony Forest, was driving his car recklessly on the same street in the same direction at the same time as Soto. While Forest is not facing criminal charges, he does face departmental violations for his actions. Also a three-year veteran, Forest has been suspended and will be dismissed by the police department.

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