Saturday, October 21, 2017

Si estoy recibiendo los beneficios de la indemnización laboral per regreso a trabajar ¿Aun puedo recibir esos beneficios o los pierdo?

Para saber si puede seguir recibiendo los beneficios de la indemnización laboral, primero tiene lo que realmente significa una “indemnización laboral” y la función de ésta. La indemnización laboral también se conoce (en inglés) como “workman’scomp” y es un programa de seguros, obligatorio por parte del gobierno, el cual provee una indemnización a los trabajadores […]

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Salmonella Outbreak in Marietta, Georgia

Food safety is incredibly important because of the large number of restaurants readily available to consumers. In 2015, there were 17,900 eating and drinking locations in the state of Georgia, representing approximately $18.9 billion in sales.

Unfortunately, foodborne illnesses are fairly common throughout the U.S., despite strict regulations of the food industry. Salmonella, a bacterial disease that can often cause food

poisoning, gastroenteritis, and other illnesses, is ranked as the second most common intestinal infection in the country. Nearly 1.5 million Americans are affected by salmonella each year due to the ease of spreading in contaminated water or food. This foodborne illness is contributed to many hospitalizations and even deaths each year.

The topic of food poisoning has hit home in Cobb County in recent months, as a local Marietta restaurant has been linked to numerous outbreaks of salmonella poisoning this year. Many locals have been affected by this foodborne outbreak and are seeking legal representation for the potential liability following their illness. Jones & Swanson hopes to educate readers on how to identify food poisoning, as well as how to best prevent it.

Meat, poultry, and eggs are the most common foods associated with salmonella, but the bacteria can also contaminate fruits and vegetables. Salmonella comes from the intestines of birds, animals, and humans. Typically, human infections are caused by drinking or eating food that has been contaminated by excrement. The most common symptoms of salmonella include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Dehydration
  • Body aches
  • Headaches

Its affects are often felt between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and can last 4 to 7 days. Sometimes individuals can recover without treatment, but it can also lead to more serious health concerns. Food poisoning isn’t always preventable, though, so here are some actions you can take if you suspect a foodborne illness:

  • Seek medical treatment. This is especially true for children, elders, pregnant mothers, and those with a weakened immune system. Many victims choose not to seek medical attention right away, but it is important to do so particularly if symptoms are persistent or prolonged. When visiting a medical provider, request that they take blood and stool samples so that pathogens causing the issue can be identified.
  • Preserve all packaging materials and unconsumed parts of food you believe contributed to the illness. This allows for testing and examination when necessary.
  • Take photographs of food believed to be contaminated.
  • Document the purchase of the suspected food with receipts, credit card records, or purchase orders.
  • Report the food poisoning to the local health department immediately so that an investigation can be started.
  • Do not take medications unless instructed to do so by a doctor.
  • Determine whether others who consumed the same foods are experiencing similar food poisoning symptoms. Document contact information of those who are affected.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of clear liquids and avoiding caffeinated and dairy products.

Unfortunately, many food poisoning outbreaks are credited to restaurants, which typically affects numerous people. Especially because of the recent reports of Marietta food poisoning, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and understand what steps should be taken if affected.

At Jones & Swanson, it is our duty to make our clients aware of their legal rights. We can help our clients get compensation for serious infections and complications. If you or someone you know has been affected by salmonella or any other bacterial infection brought on by a restaurant or food production company, contact us at 770-427-5498 for a free consultation.


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¿Cómo puedo saber si estoy protegido o no, por la indemnización laboral?

Supongamos que usted está trabajando y por la negligencia de alguien más, usted sufre un accidente o se enferma. ¿Qué puede hacer usted al respecto? El sufrir una lesión en el trabajo o el enfermarse, puede hacerlo elegible para recibir los beneficios de una indemnización laboral, el cual es un programa de seguros que todo […]

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Safety Tips for Driving Around Semi-Trucks

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Association’s “2017 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics,” there were 480,000 crashes involving large trucks and busses in 2016. While that number is far smaller than the number of car accidents, crashes involving large trucks and busses can cause substantial damage to passenger-sized vehicles due to the massive size of these commercial vehicles.

“Large trucks and buses (commercial motor vehicles or CMVs) have operating limitations such as large blind spots, long stopping distances, and limited maneuverability that make it essential for other vehicles to put extra focus on safety,” according to the FMCSA. As the driver of a passenger-sized car, truck, or SUV, there are things you can do to avoid experiencing or causing an accident with a commercial vehicle, such as a semi-truck or bus.

Here are some suggestions from the FMCSA:

  • Be aware that large commercial vehicles have major blind spots, also known as “No Zones.” These are located around the front, back and sides of commercial vehicles. Essentially, if you cannot see the driver’s face in the truck or bus’s side mirror, the driver cannot see you. One of the best ways to avoid a truck accident is to stay out of the truck’s blind spot.
  • When you pass a commercial vehicle, make sure that you are able to see the driver in the side mirror before you pass. Use your turn signal and after moving into the left lane, accelerate so you can pass the truck (and get out of the blind spot) as quickly and safely as possible.
  • If a truck or bus tries to pass you, don’t try to prevent them from passing. Instead, stay in the right lane and slow down a little so it’s easy for them to pass. By helping the driver pass you, it gets you out of their blind spot quickly.
  • Never pass a semi-truck or bus while driving downhill, when it’s difficult for them to stop or slow down. Also, never pass a commercial vehicle from the right lane.
  • Never “cut off” a semi-truck or bus, even if the driver is being aggressive or reckless. Remember, it’s not about who’s right or wrong, it’s about who’s left.
  • Do not tailgate a truck or bus, no matter how slow they’re going. This places you in the “No Zone,” the blind spot. If the truck comes to a sudden stop, your vehicle can slide right under the truck.
  • Remember, trucks make WIDE turns. If a truck is turning right, do not try to squeeze in between the truck and the curb to beat the truck driver to the turn.

Need a Smyrna truck accident attorney? Contact Jones & Swanson for a free consultation at (770) 884-6652.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 15-21, 2017

This year marks the tenth year of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which is October 15 - 21. In an effort to raise awareness of teen driver safety, below are some of this year’s topics encouraged to discuss with teen drivers to educate them on the responsibilities that come with driving.

Seat Belt Use in Teens

  • Studies show that seat belt usage is much lower in teens than adults. There were 531 passenger deaths in 2015 teen driver accidents. Of that number, 58% were not wearing seatbelts. Seatbelts save lives and should be worn every time you’re in a vehicle, no matter how short the trip will be.

Underage Drinking Prevention

  • Drinking and driving is one of the most talked about topics when educating drivers on responsibilities on the road. Even though minimum age drinking laws have been implemented in an effort to save lives and prevent disaster, many young people consumer alcohol anyway. In 2013, 29% of drivers killed in accidents between ages 5 and 20 had alcohol in their systems. And in 2015, almost 1 out of 5 teen drivers who were killed in an accident had consumed alcohol before driving. Alcohol impairs all drivers, regardless of your age. And many young people end up paying a high price due to not fully being aware of the consequences.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

  • Technology isn’t slowing down, and cell phones are a huge part of everyday life. That’s especially true with young people. Distracted driving crash numbers have continually risen over the years, and cell phones are a huge reason. In 2013, over 3,000 deaths and 420,000 injuries were attributed to distracted driving automobile accidents. 10% of drivers involved in 2015 fatal crashes were reported to be distracted behind the wheel. Distracted driving has become a problem on Georgia roadways, but young drivers could change that.

Getting a driver’s license is an exciting time in a teen’s life. Take time this week to focus on the responsibilities that come with operating a vehicle and help keep our roadways safe. For more information on National Teen Driver’s Safety Week, visit www.nhtsa.gov. There are statistics and study materials provided for parents to review with young drivers. Be smart, and drive safely.


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers' Comp Claim?

Were you recently injured in a workplace accident? If so, you may be worried that if you file a workers’ compensation claim, you’ll lose your job. While it’s unfortunate that many Georgia employees think this way, it’s not without justification. It’s a reasonable concern because while employers are NOT supposed to let employees go for filing workers’ compensation claims, it does happen. The real question, is this practice legal?

According to the Georgia Secretary of State, “Georgia recognizes the doctrine of employment at will. Employment at will means that in the absence of a written contract of employment for a defined duration, an employer may terminate an employee for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all, so long as it is not an illegal cause.” So, what counts as an illegal cause for termination? Illegal causes of termination include firing people because of any of the following:

  • Pregnancy;
  • Race, color, sex, religion and national origin as protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • Sexual orientation;
  • Disability; and
  • Retaliation.

It is illegal for employers to terminate injured employees out of retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This does, however, happen because many employees are familiar with Georgia’s at will employment law, but they are not familiar with the fact that it’s illegal for employers to fire employees for filing workers’ compensation claims.

Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Law

According to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, “The law requires any business with three or more workers, including regular part-time workers, to have workers’ compensation insurance.” If you are approved for benefits, “You are entitled to weekly income benefits if you are unable to work for more than 7 days. Your first check should be mailed to you within 21 days after the first day you missed work,” says the Board.

If you were injured in a workplace accident and are unable to work, you should contact our firm for assistance filing a claim. If you’re concerned that you’ll lose your job, remember, it’s against the law for your employer to fire you out of retaliation.

To learn more about your rights to compensation and to discuss filing a third party claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim, contact Jones & Swanson today.


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Caídas y resbalones en tiendas

A donde quiera que usted vaya, todos tienen que cuidar de usted de cierta manera. Los conductores en la carretera deben prestar atención a su vehículo y mostrar cuidado al manejar. El mismo criterio se aplica cuando usted va a una tienda y se resbala o cae. Esto es algo que se puede “prevenir”, lo […]

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