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Urge to perform at work may increase distracted driving

Most people who live in Georgia have no doubt heard reports about how dangerous distracted driving can be. Some reports even liken distracted driving to drunk driving despite the fact that the laws against distracted driving are nowhere near as strict as those related to drunk driving. Nonetheless, it seems that putting down cell phones while behind the wheel is something many people are still not willing to do.

USA Today reported recently that it seems many people's compulsion to respond to incoming messages while driving might actually be fueled by their desire to stay on top of their professional lives. Some believe that employers can and should do more to communicate to employees the need to focus on safe driving first and answering messages second.

3 ways to reduce fighting with your spouse during a divorce

You and your spouse have decided to separate—which means that you have a lot of decisions to make now. You will be splitting up your assets, potentially spending less time with your children and maybe even finding a new place to live.

Figuring all of this out may lead to arguments. Ending your marriage could be easier if you know how to keep things peaceful between you and your spouse.

The link between chronic stress and car crashes

Every day, millions of Americans are struggling with high levels of stress. These challenges may be brought on by stressors in the workplace or in their personal relationships, and they may involve finances, health and many other areas of concern. Unfortunately, chronic stress can lead to other hardships in someone’s life. For example, someone who is under a great deal of stress may be more likely to cause a motor vehicle collision for a number of reasons, some of which will be explored in this post.

When drivers are overly stressed out, they may behave erratically on the road and drive aggressively. Or, a driver who has been under a lot of pressure may also be dealing with a sleep disorder, which could cause them to become fatigued behind the wheel. Some people with chronic stress may also be more likely to drive under the influence since some turn to alcohol and other intoxicants in an attempt to combat their stress levels.

Do brain injuries cause emotional issues?

Head injuries are associated with a wide range of physical effects, some of which may last a lifetime. Severe head injuries are also associated with serious emotional effects, and these can be extremely upsetting for friends and family of the person suffering from a brain injury. MSKTC.com explains how damage to your brain can have an impact on your emotions. 

While some level of anxiety is relatively normal depending on the circumstances, people who suffer from anxiety disorders are anxious for no verifiable reason. This happens with head injuries quite a bit, and a person may experience chronic anxiety or even panic attacks, which are bouts of extreme fear that can sometimes come out of nowhere. Changes to the brain can be hard to adjust to, and this adjustment can lead to anxiety problems, especially when abilities are significantly limited. Making changes to one's life, getting assistance with difficult tasks, and speaking with a therapist are all recommended when suffering from anxiety. 

Can child support agreements be modified?

Can child support agreements be modified?

While people never go into a marriage and start a family imagining that one day the marriage would be dissolved, in reality this happens to many people in Georgia. Once children are involved, there are many things that must be considered when working out a divorce agreement. However, sometimes life circumstances change, whether several months or several years down the line, and you may be wondering whether these changes affect the already established child support agreement.

Is Georgia a "Stand Your Ground" state?

The United States operates under the common law principle of the "castle doctrine," which states that individuals have the right to use reasonable force to defend themselves against trespassers on their property. "Reasonable force," in this case, includes deadly force. Every state has since classified and expanded upon this doctrine to create their own legislatures. The National Conference of State Legislatures explores Georgia's take on the castle doctrine

In 1980, Florida was the first state to provide protection from prosecution for those who used deadly force against those who forcibly trespassed upon their property. The laws that provided said immunity were then known as "make my day" laws. In 2005, the state then expanded upon these laws to include a provision regarding self-defense and the obligation to retreat. To paraphrase, Florida law states that a person who is not involved in illegal activity and who gets attacked in a place he or she is legally allowed to be is not required to retreat from the attacker. Rather, the person has the freedom to stand his or her ground and, if necessary, use deadly force to prevent grave physical harm or death to him or herself or to another person or to stop the carrying-out of a felony.

The problem with field sobriety tests

If you have been arrested and charged with a driving under the influence offense in Georgia, you will no doubt want to be learning as much as you can about your options to defend yourself against these charges. Among the things you should investigate are the tests you were asked to participate in before you were arrested. The results of all testing, including the field sobriety test results, are used as evidence to support placing you under arrest.

As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, the three tests used by law enforcement are standardized and approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That, however, does not mean they are foolproof. In fact, each one of the field sobriety tests has an identified inaccuracy rate. The accuracy rates of the tests range from a low of 65 percent to a high of only 77 percent.

The connection between your injury and your mental health

Whether your injury is the result of a car accident, a fall outside, an accident in your garage or an animal attack, the days and months afterward can be difficult as you are working to recover and allow your body to heal. At Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKinnon, LLP, we have helped many people in Georgia in developing a case to demonstrate why they should receive compensation for their injury. 

One area of your life that may experience challenges post-injury is your mental health. Being able to maintain positivity and to have hope for the future may be marred by your current limitations and concerns about what your future will look like. You may also be burdened with the worry that your injury is negatively affecting the lives of the people you care most about.

Modifying a child support order due to disability

When someone becomes disabled, their life may unravel in a myriad of ways. They may lose the ability to pursue various dreams and goals, struggle to handle daily responsibilities that arise, become depressed or even be unable to work. For non-custodial parents who have to pay child support, a disability can be especially devastating, and they may worry about how they will fulfill their obligations in this regard. However, it is critical for parents who owe child support to do everything they can to stay caught up, and this may necessitate the modification of a child support order.

Aside from the physical and emotional challenges that often arise with a disability, the financial consequences can be significant. From a physical disability brought on by a car crash or workplace injury to mental challenges, there are many ways in which people become disabled. These disabilities can have a major financial toll, whether someone struggles with medical bills or cannot continue living the same lifestyle because of lost wages.

How can you encourage speech development after a TBI

When someone you love has been the victim of a serious car accident in Georgia that has left them with a traumatic brain injury, chances are you have spent considerable time thinking of ways that you can help him or her to heal and recover. One of the aspects of your family member's function that may have been impaired is his or her ability to speak and communicate with those around them. 

You can provide support and help encourage their healing by playing an active role in therapy and helping them to be consistent about completing the exercises they have been given to strengthen their speech development. According to healthguides.healthgrades.com, there are three specific types of exercises that are coordinated into a treatment plan to help victims of TBIs to redevelop their speech. These include the following:

  • Passive exercise such as simple stretches with the help of you or medical resources designed to provide support. You can help your family member complete these exercises and set new goals. 
  • Active exercises include drinking through a straw, learning to blow a whistle and even moving the lips and tongue to rebuild the muscles that help with every day functions such as eating and drinking. 
  • Sensory stimulation will involve hot and cold, pressure or electricity to activate your family member's senses and help them regain reactions to their senses. 

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