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Atlanta Personal Injury Law Blog

Increasing number of hit-and-run accidents a growing concern

For people in Fulton County, heading out on the road has inherent dangers. While accidents can happen at any time, drivers are at least accorded some semblance of protection by being in a vehicle. For those who are pedestrians or on a bicycle, their vulnerability leaves them in danger of serious injury and even death.

Accidents are bad enough, but if the accident involves a driver trying to escape, it's even worse. A hit-and-run accident isn't only dangerous to the lives and health of those involved; the decision to flee the scene is a criminal act. Unfortunately, in some of these accidents, there is a child involved.

How prevalent is nursing home abuse and neglect?

One of the most difficult and traumatic decisions a family in Fulton County has to make is choosing to place a loved one in a nursing facility. A vast amount of guilt and fear accompanies the admission that a loved one is no longer able to care for himself or herself and the family simply doesn't have the means to provide the necessary support. These feelings are compounded if it is revealed that the loved one was the victim of abuse while at the facility.

It's a dark secret that the number of elderly residents at a nursing home who are mistreated is so high. Studies have indicated that the numbers are staggering. Research from just a few years ago indicates that abuse may frequently takes place without anyone ever knowing about it. Sometimes the abuser is caught and made to face justice. Often, the crimes go unreported.

Child suffers serious injury in rear-end car crash

When driving in Fulton County, it's important that drivers pay full attention to the road and surroundings. Being cautious and obeying the traffic laws is a fairly reliable way to avoid a car accident. However, there are times when an accident is unavoidable, and it happens without warning. It is in these accidents that a person can be seriously injured. Serious injury can result in long-term consequences that can affect a person's entire life. This is especially true when the injured party is a child.

A rear-end crash at an intersection sent a 10-year-old boy to the hospital with critical injuries. The boy was riding in a vehicle driven by a 30-year-old woman when a 78-year-old man driving a Ford F-150 crashed into its rear. The second vehicle subsequently crashed into the car in front of it. The woman was also hospitalized. The accident is being investigated.

Fatal accident claims life of tow truck worker

A fatal accident can happen in Fulton County in any number of ways. It can occur on the road while driving, or even while walking across the street. Regardless of its cause, a fatal injury will have a dramatic impact on the family left behind. Not only will they have to deal with the loss of companionship, but it's possible that their entire financial situation will be turned upside down and that they will be left with no way to support themselves.

A 45-year-old tow truck driver was killed when a car crashed into him as he was loading a disabled vehicle onto his truck. According to the investigation, a Chevy Silverado that was being driven by a 21-year-old man went into the emergency lane on the roadway. It was there that the tow truck driver was in the process of clearing a disabled Pontiac Grand Prix. The tow truck driver was outside his truck when he was hit.

Four injured in car accident involving four vehicles

When driving in Fulton County, it's imperative that drivers pay close attention to what they're doing to avoid a car accident. This is especially true when on the highway. Vehicles moving at a high rate of speed can lead to people being seriously injured or killed in a crash. When there is an accident with injuries, it can change the lives of not only the person or persons who were hurt, but their families as well.

A recent accident involving four vehicles sent four people to the hospital. The accident occurred at shortly after 3 p.m. and involved a passenger car, two pickups and a tractor trailer. A 15-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a Ford pickup and heading east when he hit the back of a Toyota Avalon. The pickup then went into the lanes of traffic heading west and had a head-on collision with the tractor trailer. The tractor trailer then hit a Chevy pickup. The teen driver of the Ford pickup was airlifted to the hospital. His 77-year-old grandfather, the 81-year-old driver of the Chevy pickup and the 43-year-old driver of the tractor trailer were also taken to the hospital. The boy now faces charges for following another vehicle too closely.

Elderly woman contracts STD allegedly due to nursing home abuse

A nightmare scenario for a family in Fulton County is when they put an elderly or infirm loved one in a facility to care for them and discover that the nursing home staff has committed abuse. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse happens all too frequently. It can lead to injury, illness and even death. In many instances, the families are not even aware that their loved one suffered personal injury as a result of the nursing home workers' failure to adhere to a reasonable standard of care. When it happens, it's imperative that the circumstances be investigated to find out the details.

An investigation is proceeding due to allegations that a 75-year-old woman suffering from dementia had been sexually abused at the nursing home where she was a resident. The woman is terminally ill and had complained to her daughter that she was in pain. She was taken to the hospital where it was found that she had a sexually transmitted disease.

Fatal car crash claims two lives

While most drivers in Fulton County are cautious, obey the rules of the road and operate their vehicles safely, there will always be the possibility of a motor vehicle accident. With an accident of any kind, there is a chance of a fatality. When there is a fatal car crash, it comes as a shock to those who have been left behind. The loss of a loved one can be difficult to face, but when it happens in an accident, it's even worse. When car accidents lead to an untimely death, it's important that the family left behind know exactly what happened to cause the incident.

A recent four-car crash in Georgia killed two people a short time before 8 a.m. The accident occurred when a Ford Mustang, heading west, drove onto the eastbound side and hit a Chevy Trailblazer, a Nissan Altima and a Jeep Patriot. The collision caused the Jeep to flip over. The 52-year-old female driver of the Ford was killed as was the 43-year-old female driver of the Nissan. According to the police investigation into the fatal car crash, the driver of the Ford had her cellphone in her hand when she died. It is still being determined whether she was using it at the time.

Woman injured in car accident still hospitalized

When drivers in Fulton County venture out onto the road, they do so knowing that there is always the potential of a car accident. With car accidents, there is a chance that there will be significant injuries and even fatalities. That can lead to hefty medical expenses and other consequences in an accident's aftermath that many don't even consider as they focus on hoping for a full recovery. In some instances, these accidents involve people who are just beginning their lives and have young families.

A 20-year-old mother of a 2-year-old girl was injured in a car accident and is on life support. The accident occurred when her Honda Passport was rear-ended by a Ford F-150. The impact sent the vehicle onto the other side of the road and in the path of oncoming traffic.

Member of nursing home staff arrested for abusing resident

When the decision is made to place an elderly relative into a nursing facility in Fulton County, the family does so believing that there will be a reasonable standard of care exhibited by the nursing home staff. One of the worst realizations that can occur is to learn that there is nursing home abuse taking place. This is not only a betrayal on the part of the people working at the facility, but it is a terrible crime to commit elder abuse. The nursing home needs to be held responsible for abuse perpetrated on the elderly they have been entrusted to care for.

A 40-year-old nursing home employee was arrested and charged with committing elder abuse on an 87-year-old woman who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The evidence of the abuse stemmed from a video recording that was made after the woman's husband placed it in her room. At the time, the man wasn't suspicious that his wife was being abused. Once he saw what was happening, he reported it to nursing home officials. The employee pushed the woman, threw her on the bed, hit her face and placed her in a headlock. The worker was fired once the nursing home officials saw the tape. It was then brought to law enforcement and the woman was arrested.

Auto accident involving three cars hospitalizes two

In Fulton County, drivers must always pay full attention to the road and potential dangers to avoid an auto accident. However, no matter what a driver does, there are times that car accidents cannot be prevented. They could be due to the carelessness of another driver, a driver who was drinking before getting behind the wheel or simply because of circumstance. What must be understood, though, is that injuries and deaths can result from an auto accident causing long-term problems to the individuals and families.

A mid-morning three-car crash sent two people to the hospital. According to the accident investigation, a 2008 Ford Fusion that was driven by a 16-year-old male sideswiped a Lexus RX-300 being driven by a 63-year-old woman. The Fusion then crashed head-on with a 2003 Chevy PT Cruised being driven by a 68-year-old man. The Fusion spun and stopped in the center of the road. The 16-year-old and the 68-year-old were taken to the hospital with injuries. The 63-year-old was not hurt.

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