Prep Your Car for Winter Weather

winter driving preparationCold winter weather has finally arrived, which means you’ll want
to prep your car accordingly. Whether you’re planning to travel
long distances or just your typical daily commute, cold weather can be
harsh on your vehicle.

Pre-Travel Preparations

A break down is that last thing you want regardless of the weather, but
the cold only makes it worse. Taking your car in for a tune up and maintaining
routine upkeep may prevent a frustrating situation in which you find yourself
stranded in winter weather. Specifically request that your mechanic check
for worn hoses, leaks, and other issues that they might not typically
seek out specifically. Battery checks are also important in winter months,
which can be done at your local auto parts store free of charge. Tire
tread should also be inspected so that you aren’t increasing dangers
on slick or icy roadways.

It’s also important to stay current on NHTSA recalls that may affect
your automobile. You can search for recalls using your VIN at
https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.

Your vehicle should always be stocked with certain safety items, including
an ice scraper, jumper cables, car litter in case you become stuck, blankets,
water, phone charger, and other items you might need in the event of isolation.

Driveway Prep

Before leaving your driveway, there are a few preventative measures to
take that are relatively simple. Make sure all ice, snow, and fog has
been cleared from all windows before operating your vehicle. Ensure that
all sensors and lights are clearly visible and in working condition.

If you’re traveling an unfamiliar route, plan your GPS before moving
your vehicle’s transmission to drive. Distracted driving, including
navigation or radio controls, is dangerous in even the best weather.

Buckle up! Seatbelts should always be used for each person in your vehicle.
The appropriate restraints, according to size, should be used in all weather
conditions.

During the Trip

Never rush yourself – always take your time. Speeding is extremely
dangerous in winter conditions. And leave extra space between your vehicle
and those ahead of you than you normally might, as stopping distances
may change due to road conditions.

Fill your gas tank up more frequently than you normally would. You never
know when a traffic jam or snow storm may strand you on the highway. Having
enough gas may be the difference in sitting in a cold vehicle and a warm one.

Put your phone away. Again, distraction is a huge issue on roadways today.
Cold weather makes driving risky enough – no need to gamble more.

Emergency Situations

Sometimes, emergencies simply cannot be avoided. If you end up stranded
in your vehicle due to an accident or weather conditions this winter,
remain calm. If you cannot find shelter nearby (gas station, etc.), simply
remain in your vehicle and avoid overexertion. Try to mark your vehicle
clearly on the outside and inside where possible. It also makes sense
to run your vehicle only occasionally. And when the car is on, make sure
the exhaust pipe is clear or snow and debris. You may also want to crack
your windows as a secondary precaution. Run the vehicle only long enough
to warm yourself, and then conserve power by shutting the engine off.

For more information about winter driving safety, visit
awjlaw.com.

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Tanya Jones, 55, of Lubbock, Killed Sunday Morning by Drunk Driver

Tanya Jones was killed around 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning when the 2014 Mazda she was driving was rear-ended by a 2011 red Chevrolet Camaro driven by 24-year-old Maxwell Lee Ezell. Both drivers were travelling westbound at the 6200 block of 19th Street.

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Toddler Swing Recall

Little Tikes toddler swing recallThe popular children’s product manufacturing company Little Tikes
recently announced a recall on 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure toddler swings.
The swings are pink in color and are suspended by four yellow ropes. They
feature a possible defect which can cause the swings to break, posing
a fall hazard.

Thus far, Little Tikes has received approximately 140 complaints of breaking
swings, 39 of which led to injuries to children. Those child injuries
included bruises, cuts, abrasions, bumps, and even two broken arms.

If you own a pink Little Tikes swing, check the model number located on
the back of the swing set. Affected models will have 615573 and an inner
arrow of the date code stamp pointing to 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13. Affected
products are thought to have been sold at Toys “R” Us, Walmart,
littletikes.com, and other retailers throughout the U.S. between November 2009 and May
of 2014. The cost would have been about $25.

If your swing meets this description, cease use immediately and contact
Little Tikes to be issued a credit towards another product.

Product recalls are always scary because they can so easily affect our
everyday lives. But when they pose a threat to children, concern tends
to be even higher. Toddlers depend on adults and guardians to protect
them from harm, so it can be difficult to accept a product defect that
cannot be easily detected until too late. Fortunately, the manufacturing
company is taking steps to prevent further injuries from occurring.

If you find yourself in the horrific event where your child has been injured
by a defective product, it may be possible to hold the manufacturing company
responsible. Product defect cases can be complex, especially because they
involve large corporations who employ legal staff to handle such situations.
If you chose to pursue legal action, you’ll want an experienced
injury lawyer on your side. The staff at Jones & Swanson has experience
representing victims in these types of cases, as well as positive relationships
with material experts detrimental in such a legal claim.

For more information or to have your questions answered by a knowledgeable
personal injury attorney, call Jones & Swanson at 770-427-5498 today.

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Smokeless Tobacco Recall Hits Close to Home

Popular smokeless tobacco brands Copenhagen, Cope, Husky and Skoal were
included in a product recall recently. Each brand is manufactured by U.S.
Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC), who announced the voluntary recall
after receiving numerous complaints from consumers.

Consumers in nearby Tennessee, North Caroline, Texas, Ohio and Wisconsin
reported noticing unidentified metal pieces within the cans. Fortunately,
all shards were noticed before use – so no injuries have been reported.
Affected cans are said to have been produced at the USSTC in Franking
Park, Illinois and were distributed nation-wide.

While most the company’s products weren’t included in the recall,
more than 40 were. A complete list can be found at
www.fda.gov. If you have a can included in the recall, the company requests you not
open or use the tobacco. A refund will be provided to those who contact
USSTC. All retailers and wholesalers have been instructed to remove cans
from their inventory to return to the manufacturer.

It’s likely that all cans affected by this recall have already been
removed from shelves or otherwise identified. But in the chance that you
accidentally consumed these metal shards and experienced injuries, you
may have a claim for damages. This type of product defect could lead to
lacerations, infections, digestive issues, and more.

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Can I Get Fired for Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim?

If you were recently injured in a
workplace accident or if you are suffering from an occupational disease, you may be worried
that if you file a workers’ compensation claim, your employer may
decide to fire you out of retaliation.

The reason we decided to dedicate a post to this issue is because it comes
up a lot. Even though Georgia workers are protected under the state’s
workers’ compensation laws, many injured workers hesitate to file
a claim because they worry they’ll lose their jobs.

Can your employer legally fire you for filing a workers’ compensation
claim? Georgia is an at-will employment state, like most states, which
means employers can terminate employees for any reason, except for
discrimination. Firing an employee because he or she files a workers’ compensation
claim would be discrimination.

Most employers know that if they fire an injured employee for filing a
workers’ compensation claim, then that action would make them vulnerable
to an employment discrimination lawsuit. If you file a workers’
compensation claim and you are suddenly terminated, you have every right
to sue your employer for discrimination.

You Are Protected from Discrimination

If you were injured on the job and you’re afraid you’ll be
fired if you file a workers’ compensation claim, don’t be.
There are laws in place that protect you from discrimination, so you shouldn’t
let fear of termination keep you from obtaining the valuable medical care
and benefits that you desperately need.

All too often, injured workers refrain from filing workers’ compensation
claims because they are afraid of employer retaliation. In these scenarios,
injured workers either pay for their medical care out of their pocket,
or they pay the insurance co-pays and deductibles, and they lose weeks,
if not months of income.

In other scenarios, the workers cannot afford quality medical care so they
never receive it. After losing thousands of dollars of income, the injured
worker returns to work without properly treating their injuries, and it’s
all downhill from there.

Upon returning to work, the injured worker can’t help but experience
significant pain and discomfort. Sometimes they lose their job anyway
because their injury keeps them from working. In effect, nothing good
comes out of their failure to file a workers’ compensation claim
and the worker and their family are the ones to suffer.

Injured on the job?
Contact Jones & Swanson to meet with a Marietta
personal injury attorney for free!

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Recovering Damages for Burn Injuries

There are many types of personal injury claims – some of the most
common being car accident and fall injuries. Essentially, any time you
are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, an injury
lawsuit is possible. Whether or not you win that suit and the worth depends
on many factors.

One type of personal injury case not as often considered is that of burn
injuries. There are many situations in which a person could be burnt as
a result of another person’s actions, defective product, or dangerous
situation. For instance, employees on the job may come into contact with
machinery during their day-to-day work tasks. If a piece breaks and causes
a burn, that employee’s medical bills may possibly be covered by
compensation won from an injury lawsuit.

A recent news article detailed another situation where a burn injury claim
was brought against members of a college fraternity. While one member
was sleeping, others threw a fire cracker into his room – leaving
him with significant burns that required medical attention. The victim
hired a personal injury attorney who obtained a financial recovery on
his behalf.

While burn injuries can be attributed to one individual’s negligence,
it is not an easy task to win a burn claim. These types of cases depend
greatly on the circumstances of the event, availability of punitive damages,
and other specifics of the situation. Not all cases are winnable. The
easiest way to determine whether you have a case or not is to contact
an attorney for a free consultation. Explain the specifics of your case
and injuries to a professional – they’ll decide whether you
have a potential claim for damages or not.

To discuss a potential injury lawsuit with an experienced Georgia injury
lawyer today, call 770-427-5498. We are here to listen to you concerns
and provide honest and helpful feedback. If there’s any way for
us to assist you in your recovery, we’ll make sure to do so.

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Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits in Marietta

Deciding to place a loved one in a nursing home can be a very difficult
decision to make, especially when the elderly person is strongly against
the change. Often, giving up one’s independence and privacy does
not come easily to seniors, but some families feel as if they have no
other choice.

Every day, well-meaning families place their mothers, fathers, brothers,
sisters, and spouses in nursing homes. Most of the time, families have
the highest hopes and expectations for these facilities, but many of them
do not realize what goes on behind closed doors.

Unfortunately, thousands of nursing home residents across the United States
are victims of abuse and neglect at the hands of nursing home staff and
fellow residents. If you research “elder abuse” “nursing home abuse” and “nursing home neglect,” you’ll discover that
not only is it common and widespread, it’s grossly underreported.

Defining Elder Abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Elder
Abuse is an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a
risk of harm to an older adult.” Going further, the CDC says that
elder abuse is perpetuated by caregivers or by someone the older person trusts.

The CDC says these are the five frequently recognized types of elder abuse:

  • Physical abuse, such as hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, and burning.
  • Sexual abuse, such as unwanted sexual contact, sexual harassment, and unwanted sexual
    intercourse.
  • Emotional or psychological abuse, such as verbal and nonverbal abuse intended to inflict emotional suffering,
    fear, or distress upon the elderly person.
  • Neglect – this refers to not meeting the elderly person’s basic needs.
    It can include dehydration, malnutrition, poor hygiene, and not providing
    necessary medical care.
  • Financial abuse – stealing the resident’s identity, assets, cash, or personal
    property. It can also involve unauthorized credit or debit card use.

The CDC says, “Elder abuse is a serious problem in the United States,”
and we have to agree. If you would like to see more statistics on elder
abuse from the CDC,
click here.

When families install hidden cameras in their loved one’s rooms,
or when their loved ones complain of abuse, these often lead to nursing
home abuse lawsuits – which are essential because they help prevent
further abuse from occurring.

If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect
in Marietta, Georgia or the surrounding areas, please
contact our firm today for a free case evaluation.

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