Law Office of William F. Underwood - December 2018

KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR BEFORE THEY ATTACK 4 WINTER ILLNESSES YOU’D RATHER AVOID

Achoo! That’s the last noise you want to hear this winter. Cold weather brings a slew of sicknesses, so be vigilant to treat these common illnesses, or better yet, avoid them altogether. The Common Cold Although there is no cure, a cold is easier to treat than other illnesses. If you or a loved one has a runny nose, low-grade fever, headache, cough, nasal congestion, or sore throat, the common cold has most likely taken hold. With the help of rest and perhaps some cold medicine, like cough drops and decongestants, the cold will come and go in about a week. Bronchiolitis Bronchiolitis appears most commonly in children less than a year old and is caused by other viruses. Of the many symptoms — nasal congestion, low-grade fevers, and coughing — wheezing is the one you should be most concerned about. If your child is having difficulty breathing and is dehydrated, they may have caught a more serious strain of the virus. Most children will recover with at-home rest, but some may need to be hospitalized for more severe symptoms. Influenza The flu is known for causing high fever, muscle aches and pains, nausea, and other symptoms similar to a cold. Often, the fever will last for around five days, but it can be

shortened with the aid of antiviral medications. However, these medications are recommended only for children who face serious complications or hospitalization from the flu. If you want to avoid catching this, your best bet is to receive the annual flu vaccine.

Strep Throat A sore throat, headache, stomach ache, vomiting, and high fever are signs of strep. This infection is treated with antibiotics and should be addressed soon after the first symptoms appear

to prevent further complications. Children with strep throat should stay away from school and other activities until they’ve been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

Everyone knows that getting sick is no fun and is best avoided at all costs. However, it happens to everyone eventually. Catching a virus or infection in its early stages can help you shake the sickness much faster.

PROPERTY PREDICAMENTS UNDERSTANDING THE BASIS FOR A PREMISES LIABILITY CLAIM

You put your faith in strangers every day. But when they fail you, there can be dire consequences. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your favorite coffee shop or mechanic’s garage is going to hurt you, but if you get injured on someone else’s property, you have a right to compensation. Despite what insurance companies claim, building owners, landlords, or lessees — not victims — may be at fault for hazardous conditions on their properties. These spaces have a legal expectation to be safe zones for patrons. So if these properties are found to be noncompliant with safety requirements, they may face a premises liability claim following an injury. As a patron, you have a responsibility to be a safe guest, but your presence somewhere does not make you responsible for any injuries you sustain.

repair stairs, it could be liable for any injuries that are sustained as a result. Refusing to fix leaks or leaving unsafe chemicals exposed are also common disregards for safety. Avoiding proper home care can leave a homeowner liable for any injuries sustained on their property. Dog bites on a home or business owner’s property can also be a premises liability lawsuit, because pet owners have a responsibility to keep their animals controlled. Legal representation can help you get the compensation you deserve. Most insurance companies will blame the victim to avoid having to make a big payout on behalf of their careless clients. Yet, Georgia’s premises liability laws can be complicated, especially for victims. You must prove the owner had knowledge of the dangerous situation and did nothing to fix it, and you have to prove you were a responsible customer or guest. A lawyer well- versed in these laws can help you navigate your case. At the Law Offices of William F. Underwood, III, P.C., we’ve spent years fighting insurance companies and negligent parties to help our clients get the compensation they deserve. If you were injured on someone else’s property, call us at 229-888-0888.

Property negligence comes in many forms — some less obvious than others. If a business fails to clean up spills or doesn’t properly

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