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What to know before closing on a homeowner's association home

Homeowner's associations (HOAs) have become a significant part of communities and neighborhoods in Georgia and across the U.S. in the last 20 years. You're probably aware that you're subject to certain restrictions once you move into such a community as this. What you may not know, though, is that you may have to consult with your HOA board before you can list or finalize the sale of your home.

You may need to consult with your HOA before selling your home to resolve past due balances or upcoming costs. The association's bylaws may state that you have to follow specific procedures, such as transferring information for future HOA dues before closing on your home sale. The bylaws may also require you to perform a home inspection before you can finalize the purchase of it at the closing.

What's the reason pediatricians are often sued for malpractice?

Doctors and other medical providers make mistakes virtually every day when treating patients. While many of the errors that they make are unavoidable, countless others are entirely preventable. When it comes to the practice of pediatrics, diagnostic errors are the most typical issue that doctors and hospitals get sued over.

The most common error that doctors make when treating pediatric patients between the ages of one and 17 is delaying in assigning them a diagnosis. It's not uncommon for doctors to give their pediatric patients the wrong ones either.

Avoiding litigation when breaking a commercial lease

Sometimes a Georgia business is started with the best of intentions, but it experiences unexpected financial obstacles. As a result, its need for a large commercial space diminishes, and there is a desire to break the lease. In some cases, a business may be doing better than expected. Their leased space may no longer be adequate, making a break of the rental contract desirable. Perhaps a family emergency has happened. A business owner may need to sell their business and break their lease as a result.

Every commercial lease has certain provisions as to what circumstances are justifiable to break the lease. If a person breaks the lease for any other reason, they can be subject to litigation to force them to live up to or pay the remaining balance owed on the lease. If a landlord fails to uphold their obligations, such as failing to maintain their grounds or adequate safety, a tenant may be able to terminate their lease and avoid litigation.

Emotional distress and whether it's covered as pain and suffering

Judges, juries and insurance companies generally don't award compensation for emotional distress, except in cases with severe injuries. How much a plaintiff may receive as a settlement may vary significantly from one case to the next.

Emotional distress can be part of the pain and suffering portion of an accident settlement. It often falls under the category of mental anguish.

Will self-driving vehicles really make Georgia roads safer?

Self-driving vehicles are going to be a reality in the near future. Many companies are currently competing to get their autonomous vehicles on the road as fast as possible, and you may have concerns about what this means for you. There are concerns about the safety and necessity of this type of technology, but experts claim it will make the roads safer by reducing accident numbers. 

It is easy to see how this is possible. Most accidents are the result of human error, and they are easily preventable with more caution and better choices behind the wheel. Autonomous vehicles will come with technology that can supposedly account for these mistakes and correct the vehicle or remove the driver from the equation altogether. However, studies find that they may not make as much of a difference as many presume.

Homeowners with poor credit scores can refinance their homes

Many Georgia homeowners find themselves looking into the prospect of refinancing their mortgages as interest rates are currently at historic lows. Not everyone has perfect credit, though. The good news is that your score may not prevent you from moving forward with the refinance process.

Most homeowners who refinance their mortgages do so to lock in a lower interest rate. By doing this, they can save up to a few hundred dollars per month on their mortgage.

What is a compartment syndrome?

Although it's rare, there are some instances in which car accident victims may get diagnosed with a painful condition known as compartment syndrome post-crash. A person with such a diagnosis often experiences a buildup of swelling and pressure in their leg and arm muscles. An individual with compartment syndrome often experiences these symptoms after disruption of blood flow and subsequent deprivation of oxygen and essential nutrients to the muscles and nerves within specific portions of their body.

A person's forearms, upper arms, lower and upper legs are most affected by this syndrome. It's not uncommon for individuals to experience swelling and pressure in their buttocks, hands, feet and thighs, though. This condition can cause an individual's muscles to swell, causing their blood supply to those regions to be cut off. Severe pain can result. There may also be a decreased range of motion and permanent injury to the muscle and nerves in the affected areas.

You may be able to sue your doctor for failing to get consent

Doctors aren't allowed to perform procedures on you without your consent. Virtually every state including Georgia requires doctors to inform patients about the severity of their medical condition as well as treatment options and the risks associated with them before performing any procedure.

A doctor must relay this information to a patient in an easily understandable way. They must be able to turn around and use it to decide whether to agree to receive certain medical care. This process is referred to as informed consent.

Reasonable remedies for breach of contract

Contracts are some of the most important tools that Georgia businesses have in protecting their legal and financial interests. These agreements clearly establish the requirements and expectations of both parties in a business relationship. Your company can use contracts to reduce complications in everything from dealing with employees to purchasing supplies from a third party.

Even in a casual agreement, having a written contract is a smart idea. Should one party fail to adhere to the agreed-upon terms, it can expose your company to stress, financial loss and other issues. Without a legally enforceable agreement, you may not have any grounds for recourse. If you do have a contract and the other party breaches that contract, you will have the ability to pursue specific remedies for losses and damages.

What causes vehicles to catch on fire?

Vehicles break down all the time, but people generally don't expect them to catch on fire. Unfortunately, they sometimes do. An instance like this can result in someone suffering a serious injury or being killed. Vehicles can catch on fire for several reasons. It can happen as a result of a crash or due to some type of mechanical or electrical issue.

If you're driving a vehicle and it suddenly catches on fire, then you should pull over immediately. You should turn off the engine and quickly exit the vehicle. It's best if you get at least 100 feet away from the car. You shouldn't return to it for any reason. You should call 911 to alert them as to the emergency instead.

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