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Commercial lessees have to look out for their own interests

For many companies, their office space is one of the first impressions that they give to consumers or clients about who they are. Landlords of commercial properties understand this quite well. This is why rent payments tend to be one of the largest monthly expenses for any company.

Businesses should ensure that rent amounts reflect the facilities they lease, because they could be responsible for a large amount of money otherwise. Often times commercial leases can be written to remain in effect for several years.

Fighting for the full recovery of your losses after an accident

A car accident can leave you with various unexpected expenses and financial losses that can take a significant toll on your Georgia family. You may feel overwhelmed by the impact of your accident, but through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover some of these losses. It is beneficial to be aware of the various types of damages you may be able to seek through a civil claim.

If you believe you may have a rightful claim to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, it is smart to take quick action to move forward with the appropriate course of legal action. This can ensure the preservation of important evidence. Recovery after an accident can be expensive, but you have options.

An elderly woman is killed in the Bobby Jones Walmart parking lot

A 79-year-old Augusta woman is dead and 51-year-old Hephzibah woman has been arrested for her death after a fatal car crash that occurred in the Walmart parking lot on the Bobby Jones Expressway. The defendant has been charged with both vehicular homicide and a failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk after striking the woman Friday afternoon.

According to police, the elderly woman had been walking within the crosswalk either coming into or out of the store just before 4:30 p.m. when a pickup truck being driven by the defendant fast approached. The woman was reportedly struck in the head by the truck's bumper and then once again as her body crashed on the asphalt lot.

Where do burn injuries most often occur and who is most affected?

As the American Burn Association set out to commemorate National Burn Awareness Week in February, they released a report acknowledging that burn injuries are one of the top causes of unintendend bodily harm or death in this country. They also reported that the odds of an American dying from burns or fire-related injuries is close to 1 in 1,500. Firefighters aren't the only ones at risk for such injuries either.

Data compiled by the organization also showed that during the four years leading up to 2015, nearly 500,000 individuals were seen in hospitals in this country for burn injuries.

Evaluating whether your home has a lien on it is critical

Whether you're looking to buy a home or a piece of property or you're looking to sell your own, you can benefit from finding out whether there are any liens against it before you move any further along in the sales or buying process.

If you or your buyer have a title search performed, it's likely likely that any liens will be uncovered. Depending on the contingencies listed in the purchase agreement, this can greatly impact whether a sale is made or, at the very least, cause it to be delayed.

Common conditions that are often misdiagnosed

When you visit a doctor or hospital with a medical condition, you never want to think twice about the potential of a misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, mistakes can and will continue to happen.

As a patient, you should become familiar with common conditions that are often misdiagnosed. These include the following:

  • Heart attack: From indigestion to the flu, it's possible your medical team could mistake your heart attack symptoms for something much less serious.
  • Cancer: Every type of cancer is dangerous, especially one that is not diagnosed in a timely manner. The longer it takes for a diagnosis to occur, the greater chance there is that the cancer will spread.
  • Pulmonary embolism: This occurs when a blood clot reaches or forms in the lungs. It typically takes several tests in order to diagnose this serious medical condition.
  • Stroke: There are many symptoms of stroke, ranging from difficulty speaking to confusion and weakness. Even so, due to slower onset in some patients, it's possible for a misdiagnosis to occur.

Did issues arise in your title search?

When you purchase your home, you expect to own it free and clear. In order to make sure that happens, you will need a title search done to determine whether anyone else may have a right to the property. You may find it surprising how often this happens.

If the property is sold as part of an estate, it's possible that all of the heirs failed to receive notification of the previous owner's death. An old but paid off mortgage lien may still show as active. Even a typographical or recording error could prevent you from owning the property you think you purchased. You may need to address these and other deficiencies in the title through the courts.

How does a spinal injury affect patients?

One of the most common injuries in a car crash is an injury to the spinal cord. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of traumatic spinal cord injuries in those under the age of 65. These injuries, whether complete or incomplete, change a victim's life forever.

Generally speaking, spinal cord injuries impact a certain part of the spinal cord and any body part from the point of injury downward. On top of that, patients often struggle with mental health concerns following these injuries, since they are unable to do many of the things they did prior to being injured.

There are many causes of motor vehicle accidents

When you take to the road, you'll do whatever it takes to avoid trouble. Unfortunately, you shouldn't assume that every other driver is being as cautious as you.

Understanding the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents can go a long way in improving your safety. Here are five circumstances that often lead to an accident:

  • Distracted driving: From texting to talking on the phone to adjusting the radio, there are many forms of distracted driving.
  • Drunk driving: When a person drinks and gets behind the wheel, there is a greater likelihood that he or she will be part of a motor vehicle accident.
  • Speeding: Even though it is against the law, many people are in the habit of driving faster than the speed limit. This increases the risk of an accident.
  • Reckless driving: There are many forms of reckless driving, such as changing lanes without signaling, failure to stop at a red light and changing lanes quickly.
  • Inclement weather: Any type of bad weather increases the risk of an accident. From rain to strong winds, a change in weather should lead to a change in driving behavior.

Georgia’s new distracted driving law will soon take effect

Distracted driving is no minor thing. It a significant safety danger. The accidents coming from this unsafe driving behavior can cause incredibly serious injuries. These injuries can have life-long impacts, which is among the reasons why legal claims for compensation can be such an important thing for victims of distracted driving crashes.

Many different things contribute to distracted driving. Cellphone use is a very common form of distracted driving these days. From taking or making calls, to texting, to checking the internet, there are all kinds of things drivers might try to do on their phones when their attention should instead be fixed on the roads.

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