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Burn injuries can be more serious than they appear

Burns are serious injuries that can be deceptively shallow. The damage and pain that extreme heat can cause may not be perceived right away because of dead or stunned nerves. The sealing effect of heat may not generate the obvious blood loss and sore appearance that many other injuries cause.

There a few common mistakes that burn victims make that can make their situation worse. Topical burns should often be run under cold water to minimize the heat damage. Some people cannot stand the cold for very long, but it is best to run burns under cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. Although it is traditional to apply butter or milk to burns, this is not a good idea because it can cause them to retain heat and delay healing.

What are deceptive trade practices under Georgia law?

It's a big part of the American dream for a person to own his or her own business. Sometimes, a new venture is the expression of a person's passion and it's hard to focus on anything else. But there is one thing that all business owners of all industries need, and that is the protection of the law.

What are the laws in Georgia that deal with business practices?

Does hands-free tech make cars safer?

The idea behind putting hands-free technology in cars is essentially to make them safer. If you can talk to your phone and send a text message, rather than looking down and typing it, you can keep your eyes on the road.

While that makes sense to a certain degree, experts warn that you should not assume that hands-free tech makes you perfectly safe. There are still some serious risks. It still leads to distraction. It can still cause accidents.

Brain injuries: Cognitive symptoms

You're involved in a car accident when a driver in a pickup truck fails to stop at a red light. They run through the light and hit your driver's side door as you go through on the cross street. While your seat belt protects you to some degree, your head swings to the side and impacts your window, leading to a serious brain injury.

Your physical issues heal after the incident, but your cognitive problems remain. They may include:

  • A shorter attention span than you had before the accident
  • Problems processing the information before you, whether someone else is telling it to you or you're simply taking it in yourself. This could include sights, sounds and smells.
  • Difficulty telling other people what you think and expressing yourself in a coherent manner
  • Trouble with long-term or short-term memories -- or both
  • Failing to understand difficult and abstract concepts, even though you could do so before the crash
  • Trouble making decisions, leading to mistakes and stress you could have otherwise avoided

Pedestrian fatalities spike across Georgia

Georgia has many breathtaking walking trails, and you may be among the many who take advantage of them for pleasure or for improving your health. However, even if you are not an avid walker, chances are you find yourself on foot among traffic from time to time. Whether you are strolling among the eateries and shops in downtown or crossing the parking lot to the grocery store, you know the risks you take when drivers are not aware or respectful of your presence.

Apparently, this situation is happening more frequently across the country, as recent reports show a sharp spike in fatal pedestrian accidents in the past year. However, as national rates of pedestrian deaths creep up a few percentage points, Georgia rates have soared over 30 percent. You may be among the many across the state who wonder why this is happening and how you can stay safe.

An Augusta couple sues University Hospital after miscarrying

An Augusta couple filed a lawsuit against University Hospital on May 13. They're seeking $2 million after they say that a doctor and nurse at the hospital were negligent in diagnosing her abdominal pain and in handling her miscarried fetus.

In the filing, the married couple chronicles how the 16 weeks pregnant wife started experiencing debilitating abdominal pain in May of 2018 and proceeded to the hospital to get checked out. Although she was experiencing nausea and vomiting and contractions that were just five minutes apart, she was forced to wait 45 minutes to be seen by a nurse or doctor.

How you can avoid being sued by your clients as a realtor

Many people who aren't involved in the real estate industry think that selling a house is relatively easy. Few realize how much work is involved in securing a listing, generating interest among qualified buyers, negotiating an offer and getting a client to the closing table. One reason that Augusta realtors take classes and have to pass a test to become a licensed realtor in Georgia is to minimize their risk of being sued.

One way that realtors can avoid being sued by a client is giving them honest expectations. It's important for a realtor to be as prompt and as upfront as possible when advising their clients of the benefits and risks associated with moving forward in the sales process. One common reason that realtors are sued along this vein is that they overstate how much they believe they can sell a house for.

Georgia lawmakers aim to limit dangerous police pursuits

High-speed police chases may be exciting to watch on the local news from the comfort of your living room. However, for motorists who are on the roads along the route where the chase is taking place, there can be serious and -- too often -- deadly consequences.

A bill now in the Georgia Senate would limit all police chases throughout the state to situations where officers believe the suspect had committed or was currently committing a serious crime -- for example, murder, kidnapping or armed robbery.

Severe burns could lead to other medical issues

When you woke up the morning of your accident, you expected your day to be like any other. Unfortunately, you were in some sort of accident that left you with severe burns.

You probably woke up in a hospital in pain and wondering what the damage is to your body and whether you will achieve a full recovery. However, in addition to your burns, you could experience other complications as well.

Steps can be taken to reduce your risk of a partnership dispute

Many Augusta entrepreneurs choose to ally themselves with a strategic partner with a unique skill set that will help them company grow their Georgia company. While you may try to carefully select the person that you'll go into business with, you two may inevitably experience strife. There are some steps that you can take when selecting your partner to minimize your risk of that happening though.

One of the first steps that you'll want to take once you think that you've found the right business partner is to identify the strengths and limitations that each of you have. Some may be readily identifiable whereas others may not be yet are critical to helping your company grow. If you both sit down and identify your limitations, then you can strategize how to make sure that they don't adversely affect the business.

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