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Conditions that cause an indoor slip-and-fall accident

You may not spend much time thinking about the potential of a slip-and-fall accident, but this could happen at any time. For example, you could slip when walking into your office. Or maybe you trip on your way through the grocery store or shopping mall.

Understanding the most common conditions associated with a slip-and-fall accident can help you prevent trouble. With this knowledge, you can keep your eyes open for anything that may get in your way.

Woman sustains fatal injuries after falling down subway stairs

In Georgia and elsewhere in the country, business owners have a legal responsibility to keep areas accessible to the public as safe as possible. In one incident involving a subway in New York City, a 22-year-old woman reportedly took a tumble down a flight of stairs and died from her injuries. She was said to be carrying her baby in a stroller at the time the accident occurred. The subway station is one of hundreds in New York City without an elevator.

Issues with premises liability have yet to be discussed. However, the New York Times reports that the woman was unconscious when assistance arrived. Her infant daughter was conscious and taken to family members.

Understanding sarcomatoid mesothelioma and its impact

Even though asbestos isn't widely used today because of a known association with mesothelioma and similar illnesses, individuals in Georgia who were exposed to this material several years or decades ago may still be affected by it. Of the typical cell types associated with mesothelioma, the rarest is sarcomatoid mesothelioma. As with similar conditions, sarcomatoid mesothelioma is primarily associated with asbestos exposure.

While this type of mesothelioma is rare, it's also the most aggressive form of the disease. This means it's more likely to be resistant to treatment. Most of the tumors that can result from this form of mesothelioma are found on the lung's protective lining. Diagnosis may initially involve the suspicion of some type of benign or malignant condition since symptoms that may include shortness of breath, persistent coughing, unexplained weight loss and fatigue can be fairly vague. If a patient's work history suggests asbestos exposure, a doctor may perform image tests and take a tissue sample (biopsy) to identify the specific cell type.

New breath test could detect early mesothelioma

Asbestos can still be located in many old buildings in Georgia. This means that residents are still at risk for exposure. Mesothelioma, often caused by asbestos exposure, is one of the deadliest cancers around, and many diagnoses come too late. Patients often die within a year of diagnosis. However, a study is underway that could develop a test for early detection.

Current tests, which look for cancer biomarkers in the blood and lung fluid, are not effective for early mesothelioma. This led scientists in the U.K. to develop a breath test that can capture the volatile organic compounds that a cancer patient exhales. VOCs are the result of biochemical changes in the body caused by the cancer, and each cancer produces its own unique VOCs.

Attractive nuisances: an overview

Children are curious and liable to enter others' property if something there attracts them. Such items are called attractive nuisances under Georgia law, and property owners have a special duty to ensure that these items do not bring any harm to children. This duty stands even when the children are trespassers. The courts differ in their definition of a child, so it may be that teens are also included under the law.

The courts define an attractive nuisance in strict terms. The nuisance must be some man-made that requires maintenance on the property owner's part. While children can hurt themselves on virtually anything, the courts acknowledge that children should be familiar with basic dangers like touching fire or falling from a height.

Mesothelioma: Treatments and options

Malignant mesothelioma is a dangerous form of cancer. Many people die from this cancer, as it's usually not curable. There are some treatments that can give patients their best shot at successfully eliminating symptoms or extending their lives.

Every patient who develops mesothelioma will learn about four primary types of treatment. These include:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Targeted therapy

What type of settlements dog bite victims can be eligible for

Dog bite victims in Georgia should know what is involved in striving for a settlement that covers their injuries and other losses. There are certain requirements that must be met for a claim to be successful. First of all, veterinarians, dog groomers and dog trainers are almost always ineligible for compensation either from their insurance company or from a dog owner. Professional canine handlers legally assume the risk of dog bites and so cannot seek damages.

On the other hand, victims who are bitten by a dog that was under the supervision of an apartment landlord, a trailer park owner or the owner of a people-based business like a day care center or nursing care facility may be eligible for compensation. They will need to show that the owner failed to maintain a reasonably safe property.

Slip and falls on small business properties: an overview

Slip-and-fall accidents are behind many premises liability claims in Georgia. Small business owners must ensure a reasonably safe property under premises liability law, so they will want to review the following information. First of all, even those who are renting a property have a duty of care to entrants, and these can include customers, vendors and employees. Trespassers are partially protected.

The duty of care consists of maintaining a reasonably safe property free of dangerous conditions. Examples of dangerous conditions include potholes, broken sidewalks, narrow or poorly lit staircases, debris, wet floors and torn carpet. Building code violations also create dangerous conditions. Owners must fix such conditions within a reasonable amount of time, and if this cannot be done, they should set up warning signs or barriers.

Toy shopping safety tips for parents

With Black Friday and the holiday season fast approaching, many parents here in Georgia may be preparing for their holiday shopping. This includes starting to think about what toys to get for their kids this year.

When shopping for holiday gifts for their children, it is important for parents to keep safety in mind. Injury risks can come up in connection to toys. Things that could lead to such risks include kids being exposed to toys with harmful defects or kids playing with toys the aren’t age-appropriate for them.

The infection risks you face after a dog bite

While we usually wouldn't think our furry friends could transmit any viruses to us, in some cases you could catch some rather harmful bacteria from a dog.

Though these bacteria could be transmitted through an innocent lick, most infections happen when a dog has bitten deep into a person's tissue. And while rabies is usually highlighted as a main concern, there are actually several other risks you could face.

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