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Insurance fraud case may give rise to class action lawsuit

It happens to nearly all of us every month; the dreaded insurance bill arrives in the mail. Whether it's for your home, car or for your health, having insurance is an absolute necessity in today's world. Although we hate paying for it, not having insurance coverage when something happens is an even more unpleasant experience.

Authorities with the Georgia Insurance Commission say that is just what happened when one woman decided to run her own insurance scam. According to the Commissioner, the insurance commission has charged a 41-year-old woman with seven counts of insurance fraud and three counts of forgery for her role in an elaborate insurance scam. An investigation into the woman's activities found that while working for the ABC insurance agency in Eastman, Georgia, the defendant allegedly bilked her clients out of $16,000.

Georgians should beware of eye ointment with crystal particles

If there’s one thing you don’t want to find in an ointment you apply to your inner eyelid, it’s crystal particles. However, that’s what was found in tubes of Muro 128, an ointment made by Bausch & Lomb. The company says the particles could cause abrasions or other injury to the cornea.

The product, which is sold over-the-counter, is most often used by people suffering from corneal edema. That condition causes the outer layer of the eye to swell. Consumers are directed to apply the product inside their eyelid.

1 woman killed in 2-car crash in Georgia

Police say that a woman in Georgia was killed in an accident, though they did not release her name for some time because they were having a bit of trouble locating her family to tell them what had happened. The woman was 31 years old, and one officer said that they were searching for family members in a few different counties. Eventually, they did find her family and release both her name and age.

The auto accident happened in Thomasville, Georgia. It occurred at the point where Airport Road and State Route 122 intersect, and it took place just after three o'clock in the afternoon. The officers who were alerted when the call came apparently responded to the crash at 3:19.

Congress begins scrutiny of defective product supplier Delphi

The investigation into the faulty ignition switches in some General Motors cars continues. Now the company that supplied those switches, Delphi, is under scrutiny by the U.S. Congress. Those faulty switches, a problem that some GM engineers knew about for at least a decade, led to a recall of 2.6 million vehicles. They have been linked to at least 13 deaths and 54 accidents.

While Delphi escaped participation in GM's internal inquiry into the problem, it does not appear to be able to avoid the scrutiny of lawmakers over its defective products. Already, some Delphi employees have reportedly met with congressional staffers.

Truck hits overpass, causes wreck in Georgia

A semi-truck in Georgia was traveling on Georgia Highway 365 when it was involved in an accident that quickly led to more crashes along the highway. The whole thing started when the truck, which was transporting an over-sized load, struck the bottom of an overpass. This happened even though there were other escort vehicles with the semi.

Police have said that the truck was going north at the time of the accident. The overpass that it hit was the one for Georgia 15.

VA whistleblowers allege qui tam violations and retaliation

The U.S. Office of the Special Counsel issued a statement on June 5, saying it is looking into alleged retaliation against whistleblowers involved in the recent Department of Veteran Affairs scandal. The OSC is the federal agency tasked with protecting federal employees from unlawful workplace practices.

Georgia is one of 19 states included in a review that OSC says it will conduct to determine whether the VA retaliated against employees who reported systemic problems within the agency.

Study: defective products cause many small aircraft crashes

A recent study by "USA Today" exposed some disturbing findings for those of us in Georgia who fly in private aircraft. Although most crashes of small planes and helicopters are blamed on pilot error or owner neglect by federal investigators and manufacturers, the study revealed that many actually result from defective parts and design flaws.

The newspaper looked at thousands of aircraft manufacturers' internal documents, which revealed that defects were to blame for fatal crashes in numerous cases. However, the defective parts went unrecalled for decades or are still in use. The study asserts that manufacturers have lied to regulatory agencies and covered up problems while some 45,000 people have perished in helicopter and small plane crashes in the past 50 years.

Imprudent lane change may have led to fatal auto accident

Charges are pending in a single vehicle crash that killed a Georgia motorist. According to the Georgia State Patrol, in Conyers, Georgia, a man driving a 2006 Ford F-250 pickup truck merged in front of another driver while attempting to change lanes. The driver in the other lane swerved to avoid the imminent collision with the truck and lost control of his 2005 Cadillac CTS. The 24-year-old driver of the Cadillac then left the roadway, and his car subsequently crashed into a tree. The accident happened June 6 at around 5:15 p.m. along a stretch of road in north Rockdale County, Georgia.

First responders were able to extricate the man from the Walton County man from his Cadillac, and they whisked him away to Rockdale Medical Center. The victim was later moved to Atlanta Medical Center for further care. Sadly, he died there the next day.

Defective product in air bags may bring more vehicle recalls

This has been a year filled with automotive recalls, as our readers well know, and it's not even half over yet. Now comes word that Honda Motor Co that may recall over 1 million vehicles due to air bag problems. The Toyota Motor Corp recently announced a similar recall. Honda reportedly has plans to announce its recall by the end of this month.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received six reports of air bags failing to deploy in humid areas -- something that should concern all of us here in Georgia as we get into summer. According to reports, NHTSA says it is investigating nearly 1,100,000 vehicles made by multiple auto giants, including Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan and Fiat SpA's Chrysler Group.

Amazing survival story in Suwanee, Georgia, truck accident

A woman is extremely lucky to be alive after an extremely rare accident between a tractor-trailer and a car. According to a Gwinnett County fire department spokesperson, crews responded to a Suwanee, Georgia, accident on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road at around 3:45 p.m. on June 5. When the crews arrived at the scene near Old Peachtree Road, they were met with a very unusual scene. A woman was trapped under the trailer portion of a commercial tractor-trailer rig which had somehow become separated, crossed over a median and then landed on top of the victim's car.

Amazingly, the emergency responders found the woman conscious, yet unable to get out of her badly mangled car. Photos taken at the scene show the trailer lying atop the smashed driver's side of the victim's car. Although the victim had managed to partially crawl out of the crushed vehicle, firefighters eventually extricated her from the mangled vehicle. Authorities described the woman's injuries as non-life threatening and say that she was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center.

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