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Innocent workers suffer serious personal injury

Georgia residents have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. As the holiday season approaches, people begin to anticipate the festivities that come at this time of the year. Family dinners, football games, gift exchanges and shopping excursions are some of the many activities to enjoy. Unfortunately, six families have a heavy burden to bear this year after a tragedy killed three innocent people and caused serious personal injury to three more. 

The ordeal began when Georgia police were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. As the police chased the suspects through local traffic, a police cruiser hit a work van occupied by six innocent workers. Both the van and the cruiser caught fire. Though the officer escaped, the workers were not as fortunate. 

Bankruptcy litigants may benefit from new court

The state of Georgia is considering a new kind of court that may help business owners navigate the legal process. This year, residents can vote to establish a business court so that owners do not have to wait as long to have a case adjudicated. This may be especially helpful to people considering filing for bankruptcy.

Currently, these sorts of cases are handled by the state's regular courts. This can mean a person or business may fall further into financial crisis waiting for the case to go before a judge. Many local courts are experiencing a backlog, and there are reports that some cases take upwards of two years to reach completion. 

Trick or treat? Drugs in disguise prompt criminal defense

Georgia residents are likely aware that the drug problem across the nation continues to grow, and stories of drug-related deaths and arrests have become a staple of daily news. In what may be a response to the efforts of law enforcement to rid the community of illegal and dangerous drugs, some drug dealers have found a clever new way to disguise them. Unfortunately, this may lead to a greater need for criminal defense

This Halloween, the public is being warned that many drugs, such as methamphetamine, are being pressed into tablets that resemble popular candies in shape and color. While the warning was meant to make parents aware of the new risk, police did state that it would be unlikely for drug dealers to target children. Rather, the drugs look so similar to candies, an untrained eye may not even be aware they are in possession of a drug at all. 

Personal injury prompts homicide charges

A Georgia family recently found themselves living every parent's worst nightmare when not one but two of their children were seriously hurt. Certainly, parents do everything they can to keep their children safe, but on some occasions, circumstances beyond their parental reach can lead to personal injury. The negligent and careless actions of a stranger can cause an entire family to suffer when children are injured or killed. 

The tragic ordeal began as a regular school day as the two Georgia boys, ages 10 and seven, waited for their bus to arrive. As the bus approached, the driver used the flashing lights and stop sign to alert motorists to stop as children boarded. For some reason, a female driver decided that she would try to pass the bus rather than wait. 

Father's concern becomes a matter of family law

Co-parenting can be challenging under any circumstances, but particularly when two parents find themselves at odds. Recently, a  disagreement over child support and child custody caused one father to take action when he saw evidence that his child was in imminent danger. In Georgia and elsewhere, matters of family law can often become contentious, but disputes must be handled through the legal system. 

The father, a resident of another state, desperately took to social media when the mother of his child, a Georgia resident, was filmed as she tried to drown the former couple's infant. Not knowing what to do, the father posted the video online, asking for help. Local law enforcement rushed to apprehend the abusive mother at her residence. 

Is there a high risk of personal injury at concerts?

Georgia is a hot spot for performers, and the music industry has set up a stronghold in the Peach State. Hip hop, particularly, has several world famous artists based in Atlanta and the surrounding area. One benefit of this is that concertgoers flock to Georgia from all across the nation, bringing a much needed boost to local business. Though attending a concert can be a fun way to enjoy music, it is becoming clear that the large crowds and loud atmosphere lead to a risk of personal injury

Recently, a concert featuring superstar Lil Wayne took place in Georgia as part of a festival for hip hop music. During the show, some attendees reported hearing several loud noises they feared to be gunshots. Soon, people started to shout that a person was shooting people in the crowd, and panic ensued. 

Tips for putting down your phone while behind the wheel

Georgians are just a few months into following the new Hands-Free Georgia Act designed to curb cell phone use while driving. The legislation went into effect on July 1, but many drivers in the state are still adjusting to the strict policy against holding or otherwise touching a cell phone while behind the wheel.

As you adjust to abide by this stringent policy, there are a few key strategies to employ in your everyday life. The law is a step by the state legislature to take a hardline stance against distracted driving related to cell phone use, so there is no wiggle room to turn to. Consider a few key tips to help abide by this legislation and help actually decrease distracted driving accidents on Georgia's roads.

Personal injury results in death of child

Football season has returned to Georgia, and in a state that is known to be fanatic about the sport, fans flock to the stands to see competition from every skill level. Involvement in youth sports has long been touted as a good way for youths to make friends, learn discipline and stay out of troubles that often result from boredom. Though the game itself has adjusted to reduce the chance of personal injury for young players in recent years, not all gridiron injuries result from physical contact with other players. 

Recently, a Georgia boy, reported to be in middle school, was attending his team's practice. A football soared over a metal fence, and the boy jogged over to retrieve it. Unfortunately, the fence carried an electrical charge. 

Large retail chain closes stores amid bankruptcy

Georgia shoppers may be familiar with the department store chain, Kmart. It offers a variety of goods, from clothing and household goods to groceries and toys. Shoppers can find name brand items at discount prices, and many enjoy bargain hunting as they shop. Many people may not be aware that Kmart' s parent company, Sears, is currently in bankruptcy proceedings

Sears has been an icon of American retail for over 100 years. Unfortunately, the way people shop has changed drastically in the past decade, and online shopping is often more convenient for consumers. Sears plans to keep its legacy alive, and has declared bankruptcy as a way to restructure and regain its footing in the industry. 

Nonpayment of child support is a matter of family law

For Georgia residents who may not be familiar with the term, child support is money paid by one parent to another to ensure that any children they share have their financial needs met as they grow. When a parent fails to make timely and accurate payments to the best of their ability, a child may suffer, and the other parent may be unfairly burdened with financial strain. Non-payment of child support can become a matter of family law

Often, non-payment can result in criminal charges as well. Recently, a former college football star was found to be thousands of dollars behind in payments. Though he has no previous criminal record, he was charged with a felony. 

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