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fitbitWorried that your fitbit may be used against you in a situation where you are injured in an accident? Fitbits are technological devices that are readily available in the market and are crafted to track your physical activities that may range from your heart rate monitoring to your body weight. Personally, I have a Fitbit. One of my friends recommended it to me at a time when I needed to be my own health coach. My core reason for purchasing a Fitbit was to track my exercise activities and sleep pattern.

After buying it, I was all hands on deck determined to make it useful and make a positive change in my life. At first, it was difficult to get used to sleeping with a gadget on my wrist since am not a gadget person. However, my sheer determination to track my physical activities made me adopt to it. Since then, I have grown to enjoy it and I would say that I can’t do anything without it.

One day as I was going through the advantages and disadvantages of using a Fitbit, it came to my attention that the data collected by the gadget can be used in court cases as admissible evidence. This puzzled me and made me develop reservations about using Fitbit.

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Is technology a blessing or a curse? There’s a terrifying realization that every moment over 1,000,000 Americans are using their phone or other electronic devices while driving. Texting and driving has become extremely rampant. Look around and you will always see someone doing something with the phone while they are supposed to keep their eyes on the road. I have come to realizee that most Americans use their phones while driving yet they constantly lie about it.

Most of them of course are opined that they are pros that have defied all studies that are against texting and driving. They believe that they are good at what they do and have surpassed everyone. Well here is the plain truth folks! Texting and driving is unsafe for everyone including you!! Unless you don’t value your life, you are treading on a very dangerous road!

The truth of the matter is, in case you are arrested because of texting and driving or injuring someone, you are likely to lie about it. However, technological advancement enables data retrieval that will be used to prove that you were actually texting and driving at the time of may be an accident.

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Bellwood: Community comes together to mourn loss of star child student

The northwest Atlanta neighborhood of Bellwood is still in deep mourning following a vehicle incident which resulted in the death of one child and critically injuring another two youngsters.  Atlanta police are still investigating the circumstances, although what is known so far is Isiah Ward, 9, has died from injuries sustained while his brother Roland, and friend Timothy Hood, 12 are still in a critical condition.  Isaiah was kept alive on life support until Sunday afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle, Ryan Lisabeth, 28, is under suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) while in control of a vehicle which struck the children on the sidewalk of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard on the evening of Friday 22nd May. While Atlanta police continue with their inquiries, the local community has vociferously expressed their support for the families involved and pledged to seek justice on the children’s behalf. Although Lisabeth had sought to be bailed, the judge denied his bond leaving him in custody – which is perhaps a small mercy given the depth of feeling in the community against him and the groundswell of public opinion about the tragedy.

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On February 11, 2016 around 1 a.m., a MARTA bus operator collided into a pickup truck driver while operating the bus route covering Cascade Road and Spring Park Drive.  The impact of the crash was a head on collision and the damage to the truck was severe.  The severity of the property damages is not surprising as MARTA New Flyer buses are quite large (35’ – 40’) and may very well weigh between 24,000 – 29,000 lbs.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Ashley Mount, 63. The police and MARTA are investigating the collision and it appears that there is video of the incident from an on-board camera in the bus.  The bus operator and four bus passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Ms. Mount.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is a legal entity created by a special act of the Georgia Legislature.  MARTA was created in 1971 and was initially a bus system.  Since that time, MARTA has grown into a bus route network that provides connection to the MARTA rail system of 38 train stations in Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb Counties along with bus service that has been expanded to Cobb and the airport.  Recently, Gwinnett County was pondering a MARTA rail extension.  MARTA services over 438,900 passengers on a daily basis. MARTA is funded by a 1% sales tax in Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb Counties and also receives federal funding.

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Today, around 3 p.m. PST, Bruce Jenner, was involved in a rear end collision in Malibu, California. For those who are unfamiliar with Mr. Jenner, I like to think of him as the amazing Olympian that won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics that was held in Montreal. As child in the 70s, I remember him being on Wheaties cereal boxes and several small appearances in the CHiPS television show. And, he has reached celebrity status in the Kardashian TV series and most recently, an alleged (but unproven) desire to obtain a sex change.

Unfortunately, Bruce made the news today for being involved in a rear end crash that killed a fellow motorist in the land of beaches and sun. Apparently, the wreck occurred as Bruce was trying to elude up to 5 paparazzi that were following him on Corral Canyon Road (not far from Pepperdine University). The initial information indicated that it was a chain reaction wreck that involved up to four vehicles. Yet, other reports indicate that Mr. Jenner rear ended a vehicle and pushed that vehicle into oncoming traffic, which directly led to the death of the motorist in that vehicle. The photos of the property damage to the vehicles are more than convincing.

Interestingly, there is a current law (AB 2470) in California that imposes criminal sanction and punishment upon paparazzi, including jail time, that engage in reckless driving or block sidewalks in pursuit of celebrities. Whether or not any paparazzi are charged in this tragic incident remains to be seen. What is clear is that an innocent non-celebrity/non-paparazzi human lost his/her life over poor choices to be the first to post photos/video of Bruce on a celebrity gossip site.

Rear end collisions are the most common collision in the State of Georgia. Yet, they do not regularly occur escaping the wrath, greed and speed of the paparazzi. Currently, the State of Georgia does not have a statute on the books pertaining to paparazzi causing car crashes in our state. However, the movie industry has been gaining traction and footholds in the state (e.g. Atlanta, Senoia and Savannah) and filming and producing television and movie content due to favorable tax treatment and other perks. Recently, the director, location scout(s) and related staff of a movie starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron came to my home for a visit to determine if a room in the house was suitable for one of their scenes. By all accounts, the director and his staff were more than pleasant, extremely professional, and profusely grateful to tour the home. While Georgians hear or read of movie and TV stars dining at familiar restaurants or drinking at familiar establishments, we have yet to see the development of paparazzi hounding our temporary stars on our roads. Thank God.
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1125087_person_jail.jpgWayne Williams was a managing partner for a personal injury law firm in town. Recently, he pled guilty to over 20 counts of theft by taking and 19 counts of forgery. He was proscecuted successfully by the Fulton County District Attorney,

According to the AJC article, Mr. Williams converted the firm’s funds to his own use over a period of three years from 2004 – 2007. Specifically, Williams forged 24 checks that had been made payable to his employer and deposited these checks into his personal checking account. The theft was discovered when the firm conducted a review of the bookkeeping.

Consequently, Mr. Williams has been ordered to surrender his law license, write a letter of apology to the firm, serve 18 months in prison and 20 years of probation, repay $145,000.00 and perform 500 hours of community service. I believe the punishment fits the crime inasmuch as Mr. Williams intentionally and deliberately continued to steal from his employer over a three year period. I think it goes without saying that Mr. Williams will never be able to practice law in the State of Georgia again.

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On November 30, 2011, the Georgia Supreme Court disbarred Thomas C. Sinowski and Steven F. Freedman and removed their names from the rolls of attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. The Georgia Supreme Court adopted the special master’s findings of fact that these attorneys paid “runners” (non-lawyers who recruit, recommend or direct people to the services of a given lawyer in return for a fee or other compensation from the lawyer) from April 1995 through April 1999 to secure clients. Under O.C.G.A. 33-24-53(a), lawyer shall not compensate a person or organization to recommend or secure his/her employment by a client (excluding bona fide lawyer referral service).
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583561_waiting_room.jpgRecently, a Walker County jury in Georgia awarded over $9 million dollars to the estate of a 51 year old woman who died while under the care of a home health care center. The woman was a resident at Country Crossing Assisted Living in La Fayette, Georgia who developed multiple bedsores which became infected. The jury found that the nursing home care center neglected to diagnose and treat pressure ulcers which led to her death.

The nurses at the home care center should have treated, cleaned and bandaged the woman’s wounds once a week or on a biweekly basis. Apparently, they didn’t. The victim’s condition worsened and at one point she stopped breathing. The victim was rushed to the hospital and died the next day as she had developed pneumonia and sepsis as a result of the bacteria.

The nursing care center argued unsuccessfully to the jury that it provided adequate care and that the woman had a short life expectancy due to her preexisting cerebral palsy. But, the Walker County jury didn’t buy it and awarded $4 million for pain and suffering; $5.5 million for wrongful death; and $2,683 for funeral expenses. The jury divided liability between the individual owner of the center (55%) and the center (45%). This small city jury (under 6700 residents as of the 2000 census) in the Northwest corner of the State of Georgia awarded large scale justice! This verdict is symbolic inasmuch as the smaller counties in Georgia are receptive to the large level of harm that is been caused by corporate entities.

Nursing home neglect and negligence is on the rise throughout the country due to the increasing elderly population and the decrease in births. Bedsores and pressure ulcers continue to dominate the majority of nursing home negligence cases. Potential signs of abuse at assisted living facilities include physical abuse, mental abuse and verbal abuse among others. It is of utmost importance to remember that patients and their families have rights.
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