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Magician faces claim from injured audience member

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen in some of the most unexpected places for people in Atlanta, from major public venues to a local shopping mall. In one case, magician David Copperfield and the Las Vegas hotel that hosted his performance are being sued due to an injury received by an audience participant in one of the illusions performed. A British tourist sued Copperfield after he says he slipped and fell backstage after being randomly selected to take part in an illusion.

In the trick, performed at the MGM Grand as part of a 2013 magic performance, Copperfield would make members of the audience seemingly disappear from a platform on stage, only for the participants to reappear behind the theater. The participants would take a route backstage to reach the new location of their appearance. A lawyer for the tourist said that the route was inherently dangerous and that the man was not warned that he could be injured if he took part in the magic show.

Distracted driving is an ongoing roadway danger

Distracted driving can be a major concern when people get behind the wheel on Georgia roadways. Especially after the rise of the smartphone, there is an array of distractions in every car that can keep a driver's eyes - and mind - off the road. The consequences of distracted driving can be serious and even deadly. In 2015, 3,477 people lost their lives due to distracted driving.

While texting is the first thing that comes to mind when people think about distracted driving, the term can cover a number of issues, including talking on a handheld mobile phone, eating, talking to others, fixing makeup or dealing with the car's entertainment system. Texting can be particularly dangerous due to the amount of time and attention it takes, pulling the driver's eyes away from the roadway even at high speeds.

Understanding workers’ compensation in Georgia

If you suffer an injury while on the job in Georgia, you may have valid concerns about how you will afford medical treatment for it and whether your injury will impact your ability to earn a living. The term “workers’ compensation” refers to the benefits you may receive in the wake of a work injury, which you may be able to use to cover medical care, rehabilitation treatment and the loss of income that may result from it.

If your Georgia employer currently has at least three employees, that law mandates that it must have workers’ compensation insurance, and this insurance covers you from the moment you begin working there.

OSHA works to improve workplace safety in trenches

For many workers in Georgia, the danger of workplace accidents and injuries can pose fears for the future. This is especially true in industries like construction, where workers daily engage in heavy physical labor on buildings and other structures in progress, using extensive and elaborate machinery. Trenches and excavations can pose particular concerns for workplace safety as underground depressions and cavities pose a risk for cave-ins, collapses, falls or equipment or load accidents.

Due to the high risk of workplace accidents occurring because of trenches, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has prioritized a reduction of trench and excavation accidents in 2018 as a major goal. Since 2011, approximately two workers have been killed every month due to collapsing trenches, and in 2016, the number of fatalities due to excavation and trench injuries doubled the average over the prior five years. The agency is seeking to raise awareness of preventative actions that can be taken to improve safety.

5 steps after a car accident

If you are in a car accident in Georgia, there are five steps which should be taken. These are worth remembering should anything ever happen to you, a friend, or a loved one.

If you have already been in an accident, there is still time to start the process and make sure that you are protected. But you need to act quickly.

Are Metro Atlanta's guardrails safe for drivers?

Most drivers are aware of the dangers posed by other drivers, bad weather, poor visibility and other factors. But there are less visible hazards as well. In some cases, the safety infrastructure we take for granted may actually be responsible for causing injuries and deaths.

In a recent report, Fox 5 Atlanta exposed the dangers of a certain type of highway guardrail. According to investigators, there have been numerous deaths and serious injuries caused by the end caps of X-LITE guardrails. The end caps can reportedly spear and tear through cars in the event of a collision.

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