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ambulance1-resized-600-200x300According to the American Burn Association nearly 500,000 Americans suffer from burn injuries that require medical treatment every year. Among those harmed by burn injuries, an alarming percentage of these individuals were burned due to defective products they trusted. In addition to defective products, it is also common to see burn injuries from work-related accidents and motor vehicle accidents. Burns can drastically alter an individual’s life and in many cases leave the individual debilitated. If you have been affected by a burn injury the best thing you can do is contact a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will advocate on your behalf and fight for the compensation you deserve due to the wrongful pain and suffering you experienced.  

 Different Types of Injuries

 The classification of burn injuries are typically broken down by degrees. In general the spectrum of degrees ranges from fourth-degree to first-degree burns. The classification system breaks down as follows:

Xray-doc-300x200Spinal cord injuries are often thought of as the worst possible injury a person can sustain. The repercussions of an injury to the spinal cord can be catastrophic and can cause paralysis or death. It is common for people to typically associate spinal cord injuries with severe accidents and acts of violence, and while these may be common causes of spinal cord injuries, a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University has revealed that slips and falls are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. The studied revealed that slips and falls account for nearly 42 percent of spinal cord injuries across the country.

 The researchers revealed that spinal cord injuries are actually on the rise across the United States. While this may shocking news considering the seemingly perpetual betterment of technology and safety procedures our country enjoys, the researchers attributed this trend to the fact that a large portion of new injuries involved the elderly. Thus, they believe the rise in injuries has been due to the aging of the baby-boomer population.

The Result of a Spinal Cord Injury

surgery-resized-600When an incident occurs in the state of Georgia where someone sustains an injury there are two common potential alternatives. In a situation where the injury was the result of an intentional act or violence, the defendant will face criminal prosecution in the form of battery or assault charges. Alternatively, if the injury was caused by an accident, depending on the situation, an individual can face criminal charges, a personal injury lawsuit, or both. Regardless of what side you find yourself on following an accident, it is always critical to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. Your attorney’s guidance can be invaluable as the legal proceedings unfold.

 Common Occurrences

 One of the most common examples of a scenario where an individual can face both criminal charges and a personal injury lawsuit is when a drunk driving car accident occurs. This is due to the fact that the individual will likely be subject to criminal drunk driving charges and, if the accident resulted in an injury, the at-fault party will likely be held liable to pay damages for pain, suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.

crash5Motor vehicle consumers, drivers and passengers have an expectation that our vehicles are safe to ride in.  We often hear about roll-over tests and safety ratings.  Vehicle safety requirements took a step further by requiring that vehicles be equipped with seat belts for all vehicle occupants.  When it was determined that seat belts, alone, could not prevent death or serious injuries to vehicle occupants, the installation of airbags became a vehicle safety requirement.

However, at least six deaths have been determined to be linked to the defective airbags.  In all, at least 17 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States, in addition to over 36 million worldwide due to defective airbags.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that inflators in certain airbags were made with a propellant which may degrade over time and lead to ruptures.  The Takata air bags could possibly explode resulting in shards of metal being propelled throughout the vehicle passenger compartment.

wrongful death

In pursuing a “wrongful death” action based on negligence, the Plaintiff has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that (1) there was a duty to protect the victim from the harm suffered, (2) that the negligent party breached that duty, (3) that the negligent act of the defendant was the proximate cause of the harm suffered (i.e., causation), and (4), that the victim died as a result.  (In other injury cases, the Plaintiff must show duty, breach of duty, causation and damages.)

To prevail on the element of “causation“, the defendant must have been found to be liable where it appears that his negligence was the sole cause of the death complained of, or that his negligence put in operation other causal forces which were the direct, natural, and probable consequences of the defendant’s original act, or the intervening agency could reasonably have been forseen by the defendant as original wrongdoer.  Stern v. Wyatt, 140 Ga. App. 704, 231 S.E.2d 519 (1976).

O.C.G.A. § 51-4-1(2) defines “homicide” as including “all cases in which the death of a human being results from a crime, from criminal or other negligence, or from property which has been defectively manufactured, whether or not as the result of negligence.”

Other negligence is the breach of duty owed to the deceased at the time the homicide occurs and may thus be slight, ordinary or gross negligence depending on the facts of the case which determine the duty owed to the deceased.  Caskey v. Underwood, 89 Ga. App. 418 (1) , 79 S.E.2d 558 (1953).

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