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The risk of burns is particularly high in your Augusta workplace

Data previously published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) showed that at least 5,000 individuals suffer burn injuries on the job each year. This accounts for at least 45 percent of all individuals who suffer a burn injury each year in the United States.

According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), the majority of those who suffer burn injuries on the job do so after making contact with an electrical source. At least 6 percent of those who suffer these types of burns ultimately die from them.

An Augusta man is charged with a fatal Gordon Hwy. crash

A 25-year-old Hazlehurst man was indicted on Feb. 5 for several crimes including first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of drugs and serious injury by a vehicle. He was also indicted for various traffic-related offenses. These charges stemmed from the young man's alleged involvement in causing a fatal crash that occurred in June along Gordon Highway in Augusta.

According to police, the 37-year-old decedent had been driving his Ford Escape down Doug Barnard Parkway in the direction of its intersection with Gordon Highway just before 1:25 a.m. on June 2. The light was red when he arrived at the crossroads so he stopped.

Why do homeowners refinance their homes in Augusta?

Many people lost their homes because they became upside down on their mortgages during the recession in 2008. Those who were fortunate enough to hold on to them were motivated by record-breaking low-interest rates to refinance their mortgages so that they'll owe less each month. Others are motivated to do so for other reasons.

One type of homeowner that may look to refinance their home is one with an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). Those looking to qualify to purchase a home often are attracted to these types of home loans because they offer far lower interest rates than fixed-rate mortgages do.

Renovations that realtors can suggest to improve home values

As a realtor, it benefits both you and your homeowner to get their home sold for as much as you can. If they have a certain amount of money set aside to make repairs or updates to their home, then there are certain modifications that seem to pay off better than others.

Making a home more energy efficient

Factors for consideration when forming a business

Starting a business is an exciting step for many Georgia entrepreneurs. This decision can represent many years of preparation and planning, and it is important for the future success of your business that you take the right steps to set everything up correctly. One of the first decisions to make is to carefully choose the right entity for your business.

The choice you make regarding the right entity, or structure, will affect many aspects of your business going forward. It is prudent to carefully consider the impact of your choices and think about how they will work long-term. This can be an overwhelming decision, and it is wise to learn as much as possible about your options before moving forward.

Why do emergency room doctors get sued for malpractice?

When you hear about a patient being misdiagnosed, it's often because their radiologist incorrectly read their X-rays, or their specialist didn't order the right tests. The truth of the matter is that of all doctors, emergency room doctors are most apt to erroneously diagnose a patient.

There are two primary reasons that emergency room physicians misdiagnose patients.

Factors to keep in mind when negotiating contracts

Whether you rent homes to tenants or you do business with customers or vendors, the more relationships you have, the more likely it is that you'll have difficulty remembering all the ins and outs of promises you make to them or they extend to you. That's what it's important for anyone who runs a Georgia business to always have a contract in place outlining their agreement with them so that their interests are protected.

No factor is too small to include in a contract when you're drafting it. Even if you think that you and your customer, vendor or tenant are on the same page about an issue, you should still address it in writing in your service agreement or lease with them. By doing so, you minimize your chance of being sued on down the line if one party acts as if the conversation didn't occur or if they change their point of view on the matter.

Smoke inhalation isn't the only type of burn injury that kills

When many people hear the terminology "burn injuries," they seldom think about smoke inhalation. They should, though. According to the Burn Institute, at least 50 percent of those who die from fire-related injuries are killed by smoke inhalation.

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What doctors must do to stop wrong-site surgery

Just the thought of wrong-site surgery probably makes you cringe. You quickly think of the dramatic examples: amputating the wrong limb, operating on the wrong eye, removing a healthy lung. These are serious, devastating issues that can leave patients with permanent disabilities.

It shouldn't happen, but it does. What can doctors do to prevent it? A few key steps include:

  • Marking the site prior to the surgery
  • Double-checking all documents
  • Checking details with the patient the day before surgery, not in a rush right before surgery
  • Telling the surgical team not to be afraid to speak up
  • Talking to the patient and letting them be involved
  • Practicing with procedures and checklists in advance

When can sellers back out of a real estate deal?

After many weekends and evenings driving around eastern Georgia, your clients finally found a home that checks off the many items on their wish list. They agreed to the terms of the contract, and the real estate transaction process was set into motion. Suddenly, the sellers contacted you to say they were not going through with the sale. Your clients felt crushed and wondered if they could sue the seller for breach of contract.

While filing a lawsuit may be one option open to the buyers, as a real estate professional, it is important that you guide them in the right direction. This begins with obtaining as much information as possible about the nuances of a real estate sales contract.

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