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Patients in Georgia who have received DePuy ASR hip implants may have claims for defective product liability if their implants failed.  In 2010, after years of receiving complaints from patients and doctors that their hip implants were causing complications, DePuy Orthopedics Inc. recalled two of its DePuy ASR (Articular Surface Replacement) Hip Implants.  Studies showed that patients who received the ASR hip implants experienced pain that required second hip replacement surgeries.  The DePuy implants have caused patients to experience hip failures, metallosis, and cobaltism (a blood disorder that causes serious injuries, cancer, or even death if untreated) because it exposes patients’ bloodstreams to toxic levels of cobalt and chromium.  Patients who have experienced hip pain, metallosis, cobaltism, or a failed hip replacement device from DePuy must have the ASR hip replaced.

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Many women in Atlanta, Georgia and all around the country have experienced complications from transvaginal mesh patches that have been used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and have initiated the help of Georgia lawyers to recover compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering associated with their problems.

In July 2011, the FDA issued a warning about several surgical mesh slings that have been implanted in women, stating that those products have caused further complications such as vaginal infections, chronic vaginal drainage, bleeding, pain during intercourse, urinary leakage and incontinence, organ perforation, recurrence of the prolapsed organs, erosion of vaginal tissue, and backaches.  Unfortunately, many women have continued to suffer after their initial POP or SUI surgeries and have required follow up surgeries to remove the mesh and correct these problems.  According to the FDA, there were 2,874 reports of complications related to transvaginal mesh devices between 2008 and 2010.  In addition, the FDA stated that there is no evidence that the use of transvaginal mesh for POP repair provides better results than non-mesh repair methods and could expose patients to higher risks.

If you are experiencing complications such as pain, bleeding, and infections from a POP or SUI repair surgery in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation by holding the manufacturers of these defective products liable for placing such unsafe products into the market.  Some of the dangerous products used include Bard Avaulta Solo, Avaulta Plus and Avaulta Biosynthetic systems.  The manufacturers of these products include C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson Ethicon, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Scimmed, Sofradim, Caldera, and Mentor Corporation.  If you or a loved one has experienced pain after surgery using a transvaginal mesh product and need the guidance and support of a defective medical products attorney in Georgia, please call The Davis Injury Firm at (404) 593-2620 for a confidential consultation with a female lawyer.

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Dog Bite Liability in Georgia

Victims of dog attacks in Atlanta, Georgia may often recover from the dog owners for their injuries.  Like all premises liability cases, under Georgia law, recovering for injuries sustained by a dog bite requires a showing that the dog owner either knew or should have known about the animal’s dangerous and violent propensities.   Dog owners could also be responsible for attacks for failing to comply with leash laws.

Dog owners are not automatically liable for attacks on other people.  That is, there is no such thing as “strict liability” for dog bites in Georgia.  To show that a dog owner knew or should have known about the dog’s violent tendencies, evidence of past dog attacks or bites or prior aggressive behavior such as charging toward someone or trying to bite someone should be sufficient.    Even if the dog is of a violent breed, such as pit bulls, there is no liability without a showing of notice or knowledge.

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Negligent Security Claims In GeorgiaGeorgia Property Owners Owe a Duty to Keep Patrons Safe

In Georgia, property owners owe a duty to visitors to keep their property in safe from dangerous conditions, including crime.  You may think that property owners cannot be held responsible for the actions of third party criminals, but that is not what Georgia law on negligent security says.  Where there have been known dangerous crimes on a property and the property owner fails to take measures to adequately protect patrons, visitors, or other people who are allowed to be on the premises, the property owner may be held responsible for injuries sustained from crimes that happen on their property.

What Can a Georgia Property Owner Do to Protect You?

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Georgia premises liability law requires property owners to keep their premises safe from known dangerous conditions, which can include third party criminal acts.  A property owner who knows that there is criminal activity on its premises owes a duty to take actions to keep visitors, tenants, and other people who are allowed to be on the property safe from the harm.  Thus, when someone is hurt or killed on a property, the injured party or their family can bring an injury and a wrongful death action against a negligent property owner.  These types of claims against property owners are commonly referred to as negligent or inadequate security cases.

You may wonder how a property owner can be expected to control the actions of an unrelated third party. The duty does not require the property to absolutely ensure that all people on the property are safe at all times; the duty requires the property owner to do what it can to protect parties from known dangers.  For example, an apartment owner who is aware of assaults of its tenants occurring on the property can take the following steps to protect tenants and visitors:

•    Secure the premises with working fencing and gating;

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Georgia Property Owners, Including Apartment Complexes, Have Duty to Protect Tenants From Crimes
In Georgia, property owners owe their tenants a duty of care to keep the tenants reasonably safe while on their premises.  A lot of people probably do not know that if they are a victim of crime that occurs on an apartment complex’s premises (or, say, even a trailer park, office building, shopping center, a parking garage, or a night club.  Click to read more about other types of negligent security cases in Georgia), they may be able to hold the property owner liable for their injuries.  So, let’s say the person is assaulted, mugged, raped, or even killed in an apartment complex.  If the apartment complex failed to adequately secure the property, it can be liable.  To show liability of the apartment owner under Georgia premises liability law, the injured party must show:

1.  The apartment owner knew about prior similar crimes in the complex;

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There are generally two parts to an insurance claim that results from a car accident that is not your fault:  1.  the property damage claim or the claim that deals with repairing the vehicle; and, 2. the bodily injury claim or the claim that deals with compensating you for your medical bills and pain and suffering.

Personal injury attorneys normally do not handle property damage claims to your vehicle because it is difficult to charge attorneys’ fees on a contingency basis for that type of work.  For example, if your car is worth $10,000.00 and the insurance company agrees to pay that amount, 1/3 of that settlement to an attorney would only put $6,667.00 in your pocket, which would not enable you to buy a comparable vehicle.

However, you can probably handle the settlement of your claim for automobile repairs yourself.  If the car accident is not your fault, you can still call your own insurance company to assist you with the claim, and your insurance company can obtain reimbursement from the at-fault driver’s insurer.  In order to determine whether the insurance company is paying fair compensation for your loss, you should pull up the blue book or NADA value of your vehicle.  If it is a total loss, you’ll want to be paid the value of your vehicle.  If the vehicle is not a total loss, then you will have to obtain repair estimates and ensure that your vehicle is repaired and the insurer pays for the cost.  In Georgia, you are allowed to make a claim for diminution in value, but that is a difficult task, absent persistence, or even a lawsuit.

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If you are injured in a car accident in Atlanta while you are driving within the scope of your employment, you may be able to make both a workers’ compensation claim and a third party personal injury claim against the at-fault driver under Georgia law.

For example, let’s say you are driving a company car when another person runs a red light and hits you, causing injuries.  Under that scenario, you can not only make a workers’ compensation claim through your employer, but you can also make a claim against the other driver for causing your injuries.  If you suffer from a significant injury, having both claims may be the only way that you are fully compensated for your loss.

Whatever the case is, the first step you need to take is to seek immediate medical treatment if you are hurt in an automobile accident.  Medical treatment is very important for several reasons, including making sure that you begin the healing process for your injuries and maintain your health.  Another important reason for medical treatment, which is related to making the injury or workers’ compensation clam, is documenting your injuries.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an urgent recall of millions of vehicles manufactured by Honda, Toyota, GM, Nissan, Mazda, and BMW for problems with exploding air bags in automobiles.  This recall comes after years of issues with air bags manufactured by a company known as Takata.  The NHTSA encourages consumers who own the recalled vehicles to have the air bags repaired immediately to avoid serious injury or even death from these defective air bags.

The recalled air bags are potentially extremely dangerous, as an explosive chemical inside of the air bags have been causing some air bags to explode rather than properly deploy, even in minor automobile accidents.  Upon explosion, metal shrapnel from the component inside the air bag can fly into drivers and passengers, seriously injuring or even killing them.

Honda has one of the largest number of recalled vehicles, to date, although the number of recalled vehicles worldwide amongst all car manufacturers exceeds 14 million!  Investigations have shown that Honda and Takata have known about the air bag defects for years; in 2004, a Honda Accord had an exploding air bag that injured its driver.  Since then, at least three people have died from ruptured air bags in Honda Civics and Honda Accords.

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Disabled vehicles or vehicles that are on the shoulder of the road can often cause accidents in Georgia.  The requirements for making a claim for personal injuries sustained from these types of accidents are the same as any negligence claim.  The issues are whether the at-fault driver had a duty of care, whether the at-fault driver was negligent, whether the negligence caused the accident, and whether the claimant or plaintiff suffered from injuries or damages due to the accident.

Perhaps what makes an accident involving a disabled vehicle or a vehicle on the side or shoulder of the road a little different than a run-of-the-mill wreck is that liability is sometimes difficult to determine.

For example, there could be a three-car rear-end collision that involves a disabled vehicle in the front.  Let’s just say that the first car in line was disabled and that the driver of that car knew that the car was not drivable but drove it anyway.  That vehicle then stalls on the highway.  The car directly behind it stops in a timely manner, but a third car in line  rear-ends the middle car.  Although, typically, the driver of a vehicle that rear-ends another vehicle is liable for a collision, throwing in the disabled front vehicle could cause a question of liability.