Cops and Kids Program Sponsorship

At Jones & Swanson we love when we get the opportunity to help others
in our community. Giving back is something we are always honored to do,
so we’re excited to be working with the Kids and Cops school program
again this year.

Though it’s still early in the year, the North Metro Fraternal Order
of Police has already begun prepping for its large annual community fundraisers.
The organizations’ Back to School program has a goal of assisting
children who are handicapped or less fortunate within the Cobb County
community. Many times, families and young students fall on hard times
– leading to parents finding it difficult to provide proper clothing,
school supplies, back packs and other necessities needed for school to
their children. The wonderful North Metro program aids in helping those
in need of these simple, yet necessary, items for the school year.

Another well-known program led by the North Metro Fraternal Order of Police
is the Order’s Christmas program. This community project aims to
provide warm clothing, jackets and gently used toys to those in need during
the Christmas holiday season. Last year, the organization provided Christmas
to 145 kids in need – and we’re hopeful that this year will
be even better!

The North Metro Fraternal Order of Police also provides food baskets on
Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas to those in need. When unfortunate
evens occur and families are not able to provide general necessities for
their families, the Cops and Kids programs are there to save the day!

Jones & Swanson is a proud supporter of this organization year after
year, and 2017 is no different. We’ve made our donation –
and are now urging you to give back to your community as well. There is
no minimum donation amount and all donations go directly to helping those
in need. Visit the Cops and Kids program website at
foplodge13.org to donate.

Even if you can’t provide a monetary donation, it can be just as
rewarding to donate your time and energy to a good cause. We urge you
to partake in a charitable event this year.

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How Insurance Policy Limits Can Affect My Case

An insurance company will typically pay for a personal injury lawsuit if
the plaintiff’s attorney is successful. The type of case is irrelevant,
whether it be auto accident, slip and fall, animal attack, or something
else. Unless you are bringing a case against some large corporation or
business, the defendant’s insurance policy is what you’ll
be trying to recover against.

Victims who walk through the doors of Jones & Swanson are many times
unaware that there are limits to what they can claim against until we’ve
discussed the specifics of personal injury lawsuits with them. Insurance
polices are limited to what’s referred to as “policy limits”.
Essentially, this is a maximum amount set by the insurance company that
an individual can be held liable for an incident. Regardless of the level
of injury or suffering, it is typically only possible to recover against
the defendant’s policy limits.

Unfortunately, we see countless cases where the defendant’s insurance
simply is not enough to cover our client’s needs. Experienced attorneys
know to look for a few alternative courses of action in addition to the
defendant’s insurance policy.

If your medical bills and necessary recovery amounts exceed the policy
limits in your case, you have additional options. Some of which include:

  1. Health Insurance Coverage – those victims with health insurance coverage
    can typically use it to pay medical expenses. Many times, however, health
    insurance companies require they be reimbursed from the recovery amount
    once that is determined.
  2. Medical Provider Negotiations – in some situations, victims are simply
    facing excessive medical bills following an accident. In the event that
    health insurance and policy limits do not cover those bills, it is sometimes
    possible to negotiate with health insurance providers. Low payment plans
    and discounted rates have been agreed upon in the past, as long as you
    have dedicated legal representation fighting on your side.
  3. Underinsured Motorist Coverage – if you cover UM coverage on your insurance policy, it is possible
    to recover against that amount once the defendant’s limits have
    been exhausted.

We urge all Georgia drivers to ensure their automobile insurance policy
limits are at a level that will cover any injured victims in the event
of a crash. The minimum limits in Georgia simply are not enough. For more
information about Georgia insurance policy limits and a customized recommendation
on the level of coverage you should have, call Jones & Swanson today
at 770-427-5498.

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18-Wheeler Crashes into Car and School Bus

An 18-wheeler crashed into a car and a school bus in East Texas Thursday evening, killing a coach and the driver of the 18-wheeler. The crash happened about 100 miles north east of Dallas, about 10 miles north of  Mt.

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Medical Malpractice Claims in Marietta, GA

Do you live in Marietta,
Kennesaw,
Smyrna, or
Woodstock, or one of the surrounding areas and have you recently been injured by
a doctor or other medical professional? If so, our firm may be able to
help you obtain the compensation you deserve through a
medical malpractice claim.

What is medical malpractice exactly? It refers to medical mistakes, medical
errors, and medical negligence – you get the picture. Essentially,
if a health care professional engages in a lower standard of care than
what would normally be expected in a situation and a patient is harmed
as a result, it would be “medical malpractice.”

People make mistakes all the time; we all do because we’re human.
However, when a healthcare professional makes a mistake, the effects can
be life-threatening, if not deadly. Sometimes medical professionals are
careless and a patient is harmed; other times they are downright reckless
and it’s the patient who inevitably suffers.

Medical malpractice is not limited to family doctors, it can be committed
by various medical professionals, such as:

  • Nurses
  • Surgeons
  • Oncologists
  • Oncologists
  • Podiatrists
  • Dentists (dental malpractice)
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Other specialists

Medical malpractice manifests in various ways, including but not limited
to: birth injuries, surgical errors, delayed diagnoses, misdiagnoses,
anesthesia errors (too little or too much medication), equipment errors,
and many more.

Do You Have Grounds for a Claim?

Suppose you were injured by a negligent doctor or nurse. Now the question
is, do you have a valid claim? In order to have grounds for a medical
malpractice lawsuit, the following requirements need to be met:

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed.
  • The doctor was in fact negligent.
  • The doctor’s negligence caused you harm.
  • You suffered actual damages, such as pain and suffering, additional surgeries
    or medical bills, or lost income.

Even though doctors make mistakes, these errors don’t always lead
to damages. For example, suppose a woman was in labor at the hospital
but her doctor was nowhere to be found. Even though the nurse told her
“not to push” for over an hour when the baby was ready, the
mother and baby were fine.

In this case, the baby
could have been injured, but she wasn’t. While the doctor (or hospital) was negligent
by not ensuring an obstetrician was in labor and delivery to deliver when
the mother was ready, fortunately, no one was injured (this time). If
the baby’s heartbeat decelerated to dangerous levels or if oxygen
was cut off due to a knotted umbilical cord, this could have been an emergency
situation but it didn’t reach that point.

In your situation, was the doctor negligent? Were you injured as a direct
result of that negligence? Were there actual damages? For example, did
you have to have another surgery to fix the mistake, or did you lose a
month of work because of your injury, or did a disease progress because
the doctor refused to take the necessary tests? In these scenarios, someone
could have a valid medical malpractice claim.

Looking for a Marietta medical malpractice attorney?
Contact Jones & Swanson for a free case evaluation today!

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Rush Hour Traffic Safety

metro-Atlanta traffic safetyThe metro-Atlanta and Marietta areas are well known high-traffic areas.
If you combine the more than 5 million people occupying the metro area
with the millions more traveling through the city or visiting, it’s
not surprising that traffic jams are common here. Statistics show that
one out of every four auto accidents occur during rush hour traffic, which
is concerning because Atlanta sees rush hour traffic daily.

Auto accidents can happen very easily in heavy traffic situations, even
when traveling at low speeds. Traffic jams typically involve stop and
go movements, requiring heightened concentration from drivers. Even the
smallest distraction for only a second can lead to a crash when other
vehicles are so close to yours.

Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you’re stuck in
congested Atlanta traffic:

Slow down.

It is important to maintain a low speed of travel when in congested areas,
as you may need to stop quickly and unexpectedly.

Maintain your lane.

Weaving in and out of lanes to attempt to reach your destination sooner
is not only dangerous, but pointless. No amount of lane changes is going
to get you there any quicker and will only create hazardous situations
for everyone around you. If you must change lanes to maintain a specific
route, do so well in advance of your exit.

Avoid distractions.

Distracted driving is dangerous regardless of the amount of traffic around
you. But especially in rush hour traffic, glancing at the radio or your
cell phone for even a second can lead to a crash. Vehicles are much more
condensed, so it only takes a second of inattention for one vehicle to
strike another.

Leave space between your vehicle and others.

Stop and go traffic can be annoying, but remember to always leave plenty
of distance between your car and those in front of you. One way of checking
your distance is to use the 3-second rule – choose a fixed object
even with the vehicle ahead of you and make sure you aren’t reaching
it before counting to three. For instance, if you reach a traffic sign
that was even with the vehicle in front of you after only 2 seconds, you
are too close.

Keep your cool.

Other drivers can be frustrating during rush hour, but it’s important
to remain calm and avoid aggressive driving. Becoming aggravated will
not help the situation in any way and aggressive driving is said to cause
4% of fatal auto accidents – so avoid those actions at all costs.

The attorneys and staff members have been locals to the metro and Marietta
areas for decades, so we’ve experienced our share of Atlanta traffic.
We know how tempting it can be to glance at your phone or lose your temper
at another driver – but in the end it simply isn’t worth the
risk to yourself or those around you. For more information on safe driving
in heavy traffic areas, or if you’ve been injured in an auto accident
during rush hour, call us today at 770-427-5498.

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Social Media’s Effect on Personal Injury Claims

Most of our cell phones are only an arm’s length away at any given
time. Within seconds we can be connected to the outside world through
the web – and typically social media. But what many people fail
to realize is that using social media oftentimes means others are connected
to us as well.

Have you ever wondered how this could affect your personal injury claim?
Many people today never give a second thought to sharing details of their
personal lives with the world through various social media outlets. In
many cases, when a personal injury claim in filed, insurance companies
and investigators may seek to again access into your social media accounts
and could use it against you.

Everything posted to the web is considered public information and records
can be traced back to authors even if a post or picture has been deleted.
It is important to be careful what you post after an accident. Comments
that may seem too happy post-accident can be used against you by the defense
attorney. Participating in pictures, videos and other activities could
be presented as evidence of lack of injury and could potentially hurt
your case. So what are social media best practices? We’ve compiled
a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to your personal injury
claim and social media activity.

  1. Do not post about the incident

Do not post anything pertaining to the incident. Do not respond to inquiries
about the accident or the treatment you’re receiving because of
the accident.

  1. Deactivate or discontinue the use of all social media accounts

If you are serious about filing a personal injury claim, the best thing
to do is deactivate your social media accounts. Make sure there is nothing
posted about your accident or how you are feeling after your accident.

  1. Update your privacy settings

If you aren’t willing to deactivate your account, we recommend updating
your privacy settings to the highest level possible. This means only those
you’ve added as friends can see what you post, as opposed to the
general public. Although this method isn’t foolproof, it does help
keep things private from others. A tool often used for this in Facebook
is the “view as” feature, which allows you to specifically
outline who sees your profile and posts. Be sure to check your settings
for any privacy updates that may become available over time.

  1. Messages

Do not send text messages, emails, or “private” social media
messages regarding your accident, case, overall well-being or activities
at any point. Only speak to your lawyer about the details of your treatment
or status to ensure complete privacy.

  1. Beware of friends posting about you

It’s safer to assume that an insurance company can access your friends’
social media accounts – so information they post about you could
be used against you. Others can tag you in images and posts, as well as
“check you in” to locations – all of which may depict
you being active. These types of things can unknowingly harm your claim.
Your privacy settings can be updated to battle this issue as well, by
disabling the ability for others to tag you in posts or check-ins.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to absolutely ensure your social media
accounts not be used against you by insurance companies and opposing parties.
But based on previous experience representing victims whose social media
accounts have been accessed as evidence against their claims, we urge
all victims to take precautions. Anything that could assist in limiting
negative evidence can only benefit your chances of a successful resolution.
The only way to truly ensure your social media accounts do not affect
your personal injury claim is to avoid the use of social media entirely.

If you or a loved one have questions regarding a social media account and
how it may relate to your personal injury claim, please give us a call
at 770-427-5498.

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MTD Snow Throwers Can Still Cause Injury

A snow thrower is a helpful tool during winter for it does the heavy work of removing snow on driveways, sidewalks or any other area. However, it can also be harmful and a source of injury. Since 2003, reports have shown cases of amputated fingers, carbon monoxide poisoning and other serious injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data, around 9,000 Americans had a snow thrower related finger injury. The reason why victims have lost their fingers is that they stick their hands in a running snow thrower.

Series 300 Recall

A related controversial case on snow throwers happened in October of 2006 when MTD Products Incorporated, an American firm that manufactures outdoor power equipment recalled its 300 series snow throwers, the ones that use gray plastic wheel rims on tires. Made of a plastic material, the tire rims of this series were very dangerous. When users overinflate the tires, air pressure can cause it to explode and throw shrapnel through the air. The company had to recall the products when hundreds of owners were reported to have injuries, from bruises to cuts and broken bones.

MTD voluntarily recalled its products, however, not all 130,000 machines have been returned. Thus, a number of these snow throwers are still out and can still pose risks of injury. The company says that these were sold through Home Depot, Sears (under Craftsman logo) and other outlets. Different brands were affected, including Craftsman, Troy-Bilt and Yard machines, which were in winter wonderlandSears and Kmart from July 2004 to March 2006. The recalled products were made in Canada.

Results of the Recall

Like other product recalls, not everyone became aware of it. Some consumers who bought the product but was not notified about the recall might still be using it to this day. MTD still makes an effort to inform customers about the recall, stating that it has contacted more than 86% of the purchasers. Apparently, those who remain unaware of the MTD snow thrower’s dangers are still in danger. MTD is primarily responsible for injuries occurring from their product because it is the one that designed and created it.

By the standards of CPSC, the recall can be considered effective since it had reached over 65% of owners by mid-2009. It helps that the company has not stopped trying and that the number of consumer returning their snow throwers are expected to increase. To some lawyers, these numbers have something to say on the opposite side, and that is the continuous toll of victims of exploding plastic rims despite the company’s efforts.

Filing Claims

Consumers who have been hurt because of the recalled MTD snow throwers can pursue compensation with the help of a physical injury lawyer. There are reports that MTD insists on gag order each time a victim files a claim. This is a demand commonly asked in liability cases, so that defendants can somehow control the damage because complainants and lawyers were barred from discussing the injury. This is the opposite of what most parties want to do, which is to avoid potential injuries through information dissemination.

If you are in need of a personal injury attorney in Philadelphia, Pa, then you should call Edelstein, Martin & Nelson at http://law-pa.com or you can call them at the following number (215) 731-9900 and schedule an appointment to sit down and discuss your case.

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