Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), there are approximately 600,000 new strokes reported each year in the U.S. Since a stroke is a medical emergency, recognizing the symptoms, getting to the hospital as quickly as possible, and receiving proper medical treatment in a timely manner could mean the difference between life and death. What is a Stroke? When you have a stroke, your brain isn’t getting the blood it needs. Brain cells in the area where the stroke occurred begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function. The sooner you get proper medical treatment, the less likely you’ll have serious, lasting problems. What Types of Disabilities Can a Stroke Cause? In addition to causing death, strokes
Sometimes, people who need help the most get the least attention. Disabled individuals of all ages are more likely to experience violence and abuse than other patients. Some people with physical and mental limitations experience institutional mistreatment throughout their lives. Others suffer physical injuries and humiliation later in life when they enter a nursing home for the first time. Institutional Abuse of Disabled Americans According to the 2010 American Community Survey, approximately one in eight Americans between the ages of 35 and 65 has at least one disability. Among adults over 65, this number jumps to 33 percent. This includes about 14 million people. In Georgia, nearly 200,000 older adults have multiple disabilities that prevent them from living independently and may force them to be placed in a nursing home setting. Profit Margins Rule Most nursing homes are for-profit corporations that must account for the high costs of labor, supplies
Georgia’s temperate climate makes it a great place to be outdoors throughout most of the year. Outdoor decks are a common amenity for many homes, apartments, condominiums, restaurants and commercial properties throughout the state. Although decks can be a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful weather, they can also be extremely dangerous when they are not properly built or maintained. Defective decks can suddenly collapse and cause serious injury such as broken bones and lacerations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or even death. Causes of Deck Collapse Some of the common preventable causes of deck collapses, based on building code violations that could be detected with inspection, include: Inadequate fasteners used to attach the deck. Building codes require that only certain types of fasteners be used to attach decks to the adjacent structures. These codes also specify the correct type, size and number of fasteners that must be used. Decks
For a second consecutive year, John Mabrey has been chosen by his peers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia as seen in Georgia Super Lawyers and Atlanta magazines. Mabrey has appeared on the Georgia Super Lawyers list every year since 2007. Learn more about the 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers list.
Tractor-trailer wrecks often cause horrific deaths and catastrophic injuries. Because tractor trailers and truck drivers are part of a complex $700 billion industry, accidents often involve joint liability and legal issues that you might not encounter in a car accident case. Because trucking companies have larger risks, they may also have larger liability insurance policy limits. If so, this means that you may have a better chance of recovering damages to adequately compensate you for your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering. Determining Responsibility Determining liability is an important first step in a trucking accident lawsuit. With over 186,000 trucking companies and 3.5 million commercial drivers in the United States, each accident has different issues in play. Lawsuits can involve any party that drives, maintains, owns or operates an at-fault truck. Here are a few examples that show common causes of truck accidents and who might be responsible. Truck
Accidents involving distracted driving are on a tragic upswing. In the mid-1990s, distracted driving mainly involved eating, grooming, talking, reading maps and adjusting the radio. Now, drivers use cell phones, navigation systems and media players. Some even watch videos and surf the web. Distracted driving accidents, including injuries and fatalities, have public health and safety officials concerned about the rampant use of in-car technology and smartphones. Distracted Driving By the Numbers Distracted driving is a widespread problem. Teen drivers who lack experience are often blamed for using phones and being inattentive, but even experienced drivers can cause accidents when they turn their attention to navigation systems, distracting passengers and various computer displays. Here are a few statistics that illustrate the effects of distracted driving. Between 2011 and 2012, injuries caused by distracted driving increased by 9 percent. Annually, driver-level distraction causes some 420,000 injury accidents. More than 3,000 people die
Many medical malpractice lawsuits arise from the misdiagnosis of a medical condition, illness, or injury. If the doctor gets the diagnosis wrong, the chances of getting the therapy right is greatly reduced. When a doctor’s misdiagnosis of a patient leads to incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or no treatment at all, a patient’s condition can become much worse and the patient may even die. Two Decades of Diagnostic Errors According to a 2013 study by John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, medical misdiagnoses made up the lion’s share of medical malpractice payouts. The Johns Hopkins Researchers studied 350,000 medical malpractice settlements reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) between 1986 and 2010. Of all of the malpractice claims, diagnostic errors led the pack, accounting for about 35 percent of the total payments of $38.8 billion. Deadly and Disabling Errors According to Johns Hopkins, misdiagnosis claims were more
Every year, some 2.1 million seniors are victims of elder abuse. With more folks entering nursing homes and assisted living facilities, reports of abuse are increasing rapidly. Experts say that this silent epidemic is one of the largest legal challenges in the 21st century. After all of the care and consideration that it takes to choose the right nursing home for a loved one, abuse is emotional and highly traumatic for everyone. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in three nursing homes has been cited for violations. Nationally, nursing homes have an average of eight deficiencies each. The frequency of abuse and extent of neglect is surprising for families and for safety advocates. The types of emotional and physical abuse are equally shocking. Common Types of Elder Abuse Sexual assault Physical abuse Emotional abuse Financial exploitation Chemical restraint Active or passive neglect Abuse is often perpetrated by nursing home
An auto accident is a bad time to learn from your mistakes. In the days and weeks following a serious collision or fender-bender, one error can cost you your health and thousands of dollars in lost wages or medical expenses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 560 people die each year following fatal accidents in the Atlanta metropolitan area, including the cities of Marietta and Sandy Springs. Many more drivers experience serious injuries. If you’ve been in an auto accident, don’t ruin your chances of a successful personal injury case by making these five mistakes. 1. Not Calling the Police Whenever there is an accident, you should call the police. An official accident report is essential for documenting how the accident happened, what was damaged and if there were injuries. The responding officer will also collect contact data and insurance information from you and the other driver.
John Mabrey was recently chosen by his peers as one of the 2015 Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia as seen in Georgia Super Lawyers and Atlanta magazines. Mabrey has appeared on the Georgia Super Lawyers list every year since 2007. Learn more about the 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers list.