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A third of American teenagers say they text and drive

Sharing the road with inexperienced teen drivers is an unavoidable part of life for Georgia residents, and while teen drivers lack experience through no fault of their own, many of them are also taking unnecessary risks that make them even more dangerous to the motoring public. At Cromartie Law, we recognize that texting and driving continues to be a serious and pervasive problem among teenagers, and we have helped many clients involved in car wrecks with negligent teen drivers pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath.

According to Reuters, at least one in three of today’s teen drivers acknowledge texting behind the wheel, and this number is even higher in states that allow teens who are under 16 to get driver’s licenses. In a recent survey involving more than 100,000 teenagers across 35 different states, 38 percent reported texting behind the wheel on at least one occasion.

Male nurse gives up license following sexual assault arrest

It is not only Georgia's elderly who are at risk of neglect or abuse in long-term nursing facilities. A 29-year-old resident of such a facility in Arizona had been in a long-term vegetative state for years when she unexpectedly gave birth to a baby last December, shocking her caregivers who had no idea she was pregnant. An investigation yielded sufficient evidence for authorities to arrest a 36-year-old licensed practical nurse employed at the facility on charges of vulnerable adult abuse and sexual assault. That man has now voluntarily surrendered his nursing license.

The woman has been a resident of the facility since she was a toddler. In addition to being in a long-term vegetative state, she also has a seizure disorder, bouts of recurrent pneumonia and is a quadriplegic. Records indicate that she does not have the mental capacity to make decisions or give consents. 

How do I fall-proof my home?

As residents of Georgia grow older, one concern they tend to have is falling. In fact, according to an article published by Forbes, every year, one-fourth of seniors over 65 years old report a fall. Falls also account for 95 percent of hip fractures each year and is the most common reason seniors are admitted to the hospital for none-fatal trauma.

Because falls mostly occur at home, it’s a good idea to fall-proof your home. Here’s how. If you are not a senior but your grandparents or other seniors visit often, it would be wise to follow these tips as well.

4 tips for talking to your aging parent about nursing home abuse

If you are like many adult children, you probably agonized over talking to your elderly mother or father about moving into a nursing home. That is understandable, as it can be unbelievably heartbreaking to ask a loved one to give up personal freedom. Discussing whether to move into a long-term care facility may not be the toughest talk you ever have to have, though. 

Nursing home abuse is more common than you probably think. In fact, as many as 5 million elderly Americans are the victims of abuse or neglect every single year. As you may imagine, an aging parent may feel shame and helplessness after abuse. Getting your aging mother or father to tell you about abuse or neglect can be challenging. Here are four tips for talking to your aging parent about nursing home abuse: 

Is sexual assault a growing problem in nursing homes?

Every year, many Georgia residents are placed in nursing homes. The expectation is that seniors will live in a safe environment, where they have immediate access to proper medical attention and can enjoy the company of others their own age. However, one recent case of a woman giving birth, while being in a coma for 10 years, has caused the public to consider the prevalence of sexual assault for family members who are being cared for away from home.

Unfortunately, this case is not the first time sexual assault in health care facilities has made headlines and dominated the media. In 2017, CNN reported that since the year 2000, there have been 16,000 complaints of sexual abuse in long-term care facilities. Note, however, that this report includes not just nursing homes, but also assisted living facilities. In any case, the number of reports is astounding. Even worse, agency officials cautioned that there were many cases not captured in that figure. The 16,000 cases only represented those that involved the intervention of the state long-term care ombudsmen.

How do I file a workers’ compensation claim?

If you have been injured or became sick on the job in Georgia, you are probably now considering your options. One of the top questions you will be faced with is how to file a workers’ compensation claim.

According to, workers’ compensation may provide you with supplemental income, medical benefits and rehabilitation support to get you back on your feet and back to work. If the incident in question was fatal, then dependents may be able to claim benefits on the deceased’s behalf. Here are some quick guidelines to get you started.

Most truck rollover accidents are preventable

Most drivers in Georgia have probably noticed the yellow caution signs that depict a tractor-trailer up on two wheels, about to tip over. According to American International Group, Inc., accidents involving large truck and tanker truck rollovers occur at an alarming rate: about 1,800 per year.

Perhaps even more alarming, statistics reported by ATBS indicate that roughly 75 percent of rollovers are attributed to truck driver error. These errors are not primarily new drivers, either. About 66 percent of all rollovers involve truck drivers who have at least 10 years of experience. 

Healthy sleep is essential for driving safety

Most people in Georgia have gotten in their vehicles after a less-than-restful night's sleep and gone about their day feeling fatigued. However, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine warns that if the sleep issue is insomnia, there is a high chance of a fatal accident.

In particular, people who have trouble falling asleep in the first place are at high risk of a fatal accident. They are nearly 2.4 times more likely to die in a car crash than people who do not have trouble falling asleep. A survey of drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents revealed that 34 percent suffered from this insomnia symptom. 

If your baby was in a car wreck, do these 4 things

Like most parents in Georgia, you prioritize your baby’s safety above everything else. While you may want to lock your young one in a tower to protect him or her forever, you realize this approach is not practical. Eventually, you must strap your infant or toddler into a car seat and hit the road. 

Following any automobile accident, you must take certain steps to recover fully and protect your legal rights. When a car collision involves a baby, however, you must be even more careful to ensure your young passenger receives the best care possible. 

Take these steps after a fall to prevent another accident

You could slip or trip and fall anywhere in Georgia, and your first impulse may be to get up and move on. However, hurrying away after the accident could be one of the worst things you can do. We at Cromartie Law understand the importance of taking precautions after a slip-and-fall accident.

In the immediate aftermath of the fall, you may be too shaken up to be fully aware of your physical condition. suggests that you take a moment to evaluate your body while you are still on the ground or floor. Move your hands and wrists and your feet and ankles to check for aches and pains, and then your arms and legs, to determine whether you may have serious bruises or even broken bones.

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