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Can child labor violations give rise to whistleblower lawsuit?

According to the Georgia Department of Labor, roughly 80 percent of high school students participate in some type of employment. It's important to know that there are currently both state and federal child labor laws in place to protect those students in a variety of ways.

Perhaps the most important restrictions regarding child labor are those which limit working hours. Generally, labor laws for children are geared toward placing a child's education before work obligations. In other words, a child's employer has the responsibility of ensuring that child workers still have ample time to pursue their educations.

Georgia works to reduce drunk driving but can do more

Drunk driving has been found to play a role in a significant number of Georgia traffic accidents. To help reduce those accidents, in June 2014, just ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety initiated an "Operation Zero Tolerance" program.

As with many DUI reduction programs across the country, the goal is to reduce the number of people killed or injured by drunk drivers or as the result of driving drunk themselves. Obviously, strong law enforcement measures can help. However, Georgia citizens are encouraged to do their part to reduce drunk-driving accidents and fatalities.

Do car seats actually reduce children's car accidents deaths?

Any parent with children can tell you that using car seats can sometimes be aggravating. Children often dislike how restraining devices limit their range of motion. Disagreements between parents and kids about strapping into car seats is fertile ground for many early morning arguments. There is also the added burden of having to clean car seats due to spilled food and drinks or occasionally having to drag the bulky item into the house to make room for larger items in your vehicle's back seat.

Car seats, and other restraining devices, are still well worth the hassle, despite all of their inconveniences. According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, each year restraining devices save the lives of somewhere between 11 – 15 children aged 4 years old and under. Additionally, for children ages five and up restraining devices account for approximately 85-135 lives saved per year.

Tire defects can be deadly to Georgia motorists

Most Georgia drivers have their tires checked regularly to help ensure that they are properly inflated and that they are not too worn. However, sometimes a defect in the way a tire was made or in the materials used to make it can cause the tread to separate and come off of the tire. When this happens, the results can be disastrous. In fact, it's one of the most dangerous situations that can occur on Georgia roads.

Our tire tread separation attorneys have successfully held tire manufacturers responsible for defects that have harmed and killed innocent victims. We have won substantial settlements and verdicts in wrongful death and personal injury cases.

Understanding electronic stability control in your truck accident

In one of our previous blog posts, we talked about how technological advances are working to reduce trucking accidents. Specifically, that article discussed the implementation of electronic control modules.

If you've watched a television commercial in recent years, the chances are that you've heard about a similar technology called electronic stability control. But what exactly does ECS do and how does it help drivers? Without getting too technical, ECS uses electronic signals and controls to provide split-second adjustments when drivers oversteer, understeer or otherwise lose control of their vehicles. Typically, ECS works with the vehicles braking system and transmission to reduce the engine torque while also applying adequate braking power to help drivers maintain the directional control of their vehicles.

Being careful with medications can help prevent truck accidents

We've all heard tragic stories of drivers who caused an accident because their alertness was impaired by one or more prescription or over-the-counter medications. When this happens to a truck driver behind the wheel of a large commercial vehicle carrying heavy or dangerous cargo, the results can be disastrous for anyone nearby on the road.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, whose mission is "to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses" provides information for large commercial vehicle drivers regarding the effects of medication on driving. The advice provided by the FMCSA, an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is important for any Georgia driver to follow.

Statistics should prompt people to file False Claims Act

The False Claims Act allows private citizens to sue on behalf of the federal government in cases where businesses or other entities have participated in fraud against the government. These are often called "whistleblower" cases. In a typical whistleblower lawsuit, a person with some unique and otherwise unattainable information regarding fraud will step forward with help of an attorney.

In most cases, the person revealing the evidence of fraud, the relator, will present the complaint to the court confidentially. The court will then keep that complaint under seal for 60 days as government investigators attempt to find out if the relator's allegations of fraud might be true. Depending on what the investigators find, the government's own attorneys might decide to join the lawsuit.

How can Georgia residents stay vigilant about product recalls?

It seems as though every week Georgia residents hear about a new product recall on the news. It becomes easy to tune them out. However, doing so can have disastrous consequences.

Not all product recalls make the news, and manufacturers and retailers don't always send recall notices to consumers. That's why it's essential for consumers to be vigilant and do a little work on their own to help protect themselves and their families from everything from faulty vehicles to dangerous drugs to defective children's products.

Surviving the first hurdle in your class action lawsuit

Georgia has long recognized that large companies often enjoy an advantage over single individuals seeking claims against them. Class-action lawsuits are intended to "level the playing field" when it comes to civil litigation.

Imagine the plight of a single stockholder who suffered a financial loss due to the poor business decisions made by an investment company. Acting alone, that single stockholder faces an uphill battle against a wealthy investment company capable of retaining scores of attorneys to defend against that claim.

How Georgians may be able to help their product liability cases

Many people find the prospect of filing a product liability lawsuit daunting. It's easy to feel intimidated by large companies. However, our attorneys have experience successfully pursuing damages against companies whose products have harmed consumers. We guide our clients through the process and fight to hold companies accountable for defective and unnecessarily dangerous products.

While there are federal regulations that govern product safety, state product liability laws vary. That's why it's important to work with a firm that knows that Georgia laws.

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