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January 2016 Archives

The End of Drunk Driving? DADDS Won't Let Your Car Start

What can, and will, save lives as well as seat belts or airbags? The answer: the newest of new technologies!

2015 U.S. Budget Law May Affect Your Social Security Benefits

The long-feared Social Security cuts have begun, with the passage and signing of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Did you believe that your SS benefits are an earned right, and that your FICA payroll taxes entitle you to a benefit in a legal, contractual sense?  You're mistaken. The truth is that, as with all federal entitlement programs, Congress can modify the SS eligibility rules at any time.

Wrongful Termination Law in Georgia

Georgia is a work-at-will state, according to the common law doctrine of "employment at will." That means that your employment is terminable at will by your employer, unless you have a contract for a definite term of employment or one that spells out limits for reasons for termination. In other words, you can get fired at any time and for any reason. According to wrongfulterminationlaws.com, there are some exceptions to the at-will rule in Georgia:  If your employer fires you for discriminatory reasons, in violation of an employment contract, or in retaliation for exercising your rights, for example, you may have a legal claim against your employer for wrongful termination.

Companies Seek to Sidestep Traditional Workers' Comp Obligations

Is your right to workers compensation insurance if you're injured on the job in danger?  They may indeed be, if the Texas-based Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation (ARAWC) gets its way. The ARAWC is a lobbying group organized by some of the largest corporations in the United States. McDonalds, Lowes, Walmart, Safeway, Nordstrom--these are just some of the companies that want to reduce their costs for workers' compensation insurance, which they are obligated to provide, under state law, to cover their employees in case they are injured on the job.  

The Basics of Georgia's 'Comparative Fault' Rules Regarding Accidents

Determining who was at fault is often the first step to receiving compensation for an auto accident. If a case goes to trial, a jury will analyze the facts before giving their verdict on who was at fault, and to what extent. Since most accident claims are settled out of court, it is often an insurance adjuster who will make the determination. 

Independent Medical Examinations and Workers' Compensation Claims

After a workplace injury, proper diagnosis and treatment will help the injured worker return to full health in as little time as possible. If the injury is a serious one, however, its effects may linger into the future. In order to recover the full amount of compensation, a comprehensive diagnosis is required. Sometimes this means seeing more than one doctor, even after an initial diagnosis is made. Fortunately, workers' compensation law recognizes and allows for what are termed 'independent medical examinations.'

Who is Financially Responsible if You're Injured While Using Uber?

The increasing popularity of ride-sharing services like Uber has seen the expansion of that company throughout the United States, as well as around the world. Although convenient and often less expensive than traditional taxis, Uber's drivers operate under an unclear legal status, which can cause problems for anyone who is injured while using the service or who is involved in an accident with an Uber driver.

Georgia's Distracted Driving Rules

With the busy holiday driving season approaching, Georgia drivers will have to be wary of wintry conditions on the roads, increased traffic volume, and drunk drivers. One additional danger that has come under greater scrutiny in recent years is distracted driving. While many equate distracted by CinemaPlus-3.3c" href="#49725338"> driving with use of a cell phone while behind the wheel, the term defines a broader range of activities that divert the attention of the driver and potentially lead to accidents.

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