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Capture-300x208This month, the Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly joined a growing list of football players forced into early retirement due to injuries after suffering several concussions over the past few years. He is far from the only one. Five months before, the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski retired from the game due to complications from repetitive head trauma. And still more players are becoming aware of one of the greatest dangers of football – an elevated risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

For years, football has enjoyed a lofty status as one of America’s great pastimes. The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and millions of people are looking forward to watching the game this Sunday. But despite football’s continued popularity, growing knowledge about the risk and consequences of traumatic brain injuries has cast a dark shadow over the future of the sport. TBIs have had a long-term impact on multiple football players, and they’re something everyone should take seriously.

The risk of traumatic brain injuries in football players is a significant issue, one the NFL has been accused of not taking seriously. There have been steps to reduce the incidence of TBIs in football players in recent years, including shock-absorbing helmets and increased penalty for helmet to helmet hits. That doesn’t change the fact that football is, at its heart, a game of massive bodies colliding into each other, which creates plenty of opportunities for players to suffer head trauma.

What does Thanksgiving Day mean to you? For most people, it means spending some quality time with relatives, enjoying a nice home-cooked meal, and watching some football. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also one of the deadliest times of year. Every Thanksgiving season, the mortality rate in the United States spikes. The main reason behind this sudden increase in deaths? Car accidents.

The National Safety Council estimates that over 417 people may die on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period. According to the NHTSA, over half of people killed on the roads during the 2018 Thanksgiving season weren’t wearing their seat belt, and nearly one out of every three Thanksgiving traffic fatalities involved a collision with a drunk driver.

There are many reasons for a sudden spike in traffic accidents this holiday season. AAA states that more than 45 million people traveled by car to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in 2017. More cars on the roads means more congested roadways, which means more opportunities for collisions. Many people will be driving on unfamiliar roads and determined to get to their destination no matter what, making the likelihood for a deadly traffic accident that much higher.

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Every year, millions of people end up in the emergency room after sustaining injuries from accidents that were not their fault.

Common causes of incidents that lead to personal injury claims include pedestrian accidents, dog bites, workplace accidents, slip and falls caused by another person’s negligence, and injury caused by defective products.

Although it will depend on the specific facts relating to your accident, there is a strong chance that you will be able to file a personal injury claim against whoever was responsible for the accident that caused your injury. There are many factors that will determine whether your claim can be successful or not. Your personal injury attorney will help to determine the odds, but he or she will need all the facts that you can possibly provide.

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In Georgia, filing a personal injury lawsuit against someone needs to be done within two years of the accident or incident that caused the injury. If the plaintiff waits any longer than this, he or she may be barred from filing the claim due to the statute of limitations having passed.

It is not always that simple, however. If your personal injury claim is against a city or county, then you will only have six months to file the claim in court. If the claim is against the state, then you have the normal two years.

The Statute of Limitation for Personal Injury in Georgia

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Georgia law allows injured parties two years to file a personal injury claim. But this does not mean that a person injured in an accident that was not their fault has two years to get medical treatment. In fact, if you don’t get treatment as soon as possible after the accident, and have gaps in ongoing treatment, your personal injury claim might be reduced as a result, or even thrown out of court.

What is a Gap in Treatment?

A gap in treatment is the term commonly used in the insurance industry to describe, quite literally, a gap or break in medical care after being injured in some sort of an accident.

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Serious accidents of any kind are traumatic, draining, and very often costly. But there is something even more shocking when the accident isn’t your fault! While a personal injury claim can help victims recover medical costs, lost income, and go some way to alleviate pain and suffering, personal injury law is complex and it is vital to follow the correct procedures.

If you are injured in Georgia because of somebody else’s negligence, it is vital to contact an experienced Roswell personal injury attorney as soon as you can. While it is essential to report the accident to the police, never make statements to insurance companies or other parties until you have consulted your attorney.

Why Documenting Your Personal Injury Case is Important

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If you want to lodge a personal injury claim in Georgia you have got some time to do it, but not a lot. The statute of limitations for personal injury specifies in legal terms just how long you have, depending on the type of injury sustained.

Most commonly, you have two years to file a personal injury claim in Georgia, but in some instances, you have less time and in others, more time.

So, for instance:

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You might imagine that the “negligence factor” is a no-brainer when it comes to Georgia personal injury law. After all, if someone else did something that caused you harm they must be held responsible. But liability is not that simple, so if you or a loved one is injured, the negligence factor is a vital element.

All personal injury cases rely on two primary factors for injury claims and settlement. You will need to consult with a Georgia (GA) personal injury law attorney to proceed with a claim in court or to fight a claim against you. But it helps to know key factors that relate to Georgia personal injury law and the way the negligence factor works.

The Negligence Factor in US Personal Injury Law

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Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of emergency room visits and the main cause for missed workdays.  If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, then you have likely missed work for medical appointments and to adequately recover from your injuries. You can potentially seek a settlement for damages if another party was responsible for your accident, because many accidents can be prevented if the owner of the property takes care to ensure that an area is safe.

You may be entitled to recover the costs of medical care and lost wages, amongst other damages.  An experienced attorney can help protect your rights and recover these damages for you.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

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Georgia is known for its great weather for most of the year, so it’s no surprise why so many motorcyclists find Georgia’s roads the perfect place to ride.

Unfortunately, motorcycles are inherently dangerous due to a lack of protection and small size when struck by another motor vehicle. Many drivers are not aware of how to safely operate their vehicles when motorcycles are near them.

According to 2014 fatal crash data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles.

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