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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx (DOT)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx (DOT)

The Department of Transportation has released a new work zone safety campaign, urging drivers to “expect the unexpected.”

The new campaign launches during National Work Zone Awareness week and reminds drivers that work zones may change frequently from one day to the next, posing risks for both motorists and work zone employees if drivers are distracted or not paying attention.

The Augusta Chronicle reports:

Since 1973, 57 Georgia DOT employees have died in work zones, but motorists and their passengers are actually more likely to be killed or injured in work zones, according to a news release.

Since National Work Zone Awareness Week – an annual campaign sponsored by federal, state and local transportation officials – began in 1999, national work zone fatalities have decreased by 34 percent.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, in 2013 there were 579 work zone traffic-related fatalities, 29,000 work zone injuries and 105 worker fatalities. All of the categories were decreases from the previous year.

Last year the Georgia DOT had no employee work zone fatalities, but there were 20 total work zone fatalities.

“While we are pleased that we have not lost a GDOT employee in a work zone related crash this past year, the loss of 20 lives is 20 too many,” Commissioner Russell McMurray said. “I implore the public to be mindful of our workers and to pay strict attention when driving, not just today, but every day, especially in work zones.”

When going through work zones, drivers are expected to remain alert, minimize distractions, not tailgate or speed, pay attention to signs and obey road crew flaggers.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly for victims and families devastated by work zone accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Union City Police believe the gunmen's clothing may yield clues. "One of the suspects wore what appears to be patterned pajama bottoms with brown moccasin-type shoes while his accomplice wore dark-colored pajama bottoms with white and black sneakers." (Fox Atlanta)

(Fox Atlanta)

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A dairy queen employee was reportedly shot and injured during an armed robbery at the Union City location Wednesday, January 30, 2015.

According to Fox Atlanta News, two masked gunmen entered the Union City Dairy Queen on State Route 14 shortly after 8:30pm Wednesday evening. One assailant allegedly forced two employees into the freezer while the other assaulted and shot the store manager during a violent armed robbery.

The injured employee’s condition has not yet been released. Police are still searching for the two suspects.

Our Legal Take

Advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are following the shooting closely and believe, as the store manager was working at the time of the shooting, he will almost certainly be entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia Law.

It is critical the injured employee retain an experienced workers’ compensation firm to assist in securing these benefits, however, as the workers’ compensation system is complex.

The Murray Law Firm has undertaken the representation of many victims of workplace violence cases, such as this one, and we have all too often seen the value of such claims compromised as a consequence of a failure to quickly secure the assistance of an attorney. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure and returning employees to work quickly than protecting the long-term interests and medical needs of the victims. As such, having an experienced attorney to negotiate these claims can often mean the difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of workplace violence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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An Austell Dollar General employee was reportedly shot and injured during a robbery Monday night, October 3, 2014.

According to The Atlanta Crime Examiner, an armed assailant entered the Dollar General store at 710 Six Flags Drive around 7:00pm Monday evening. The suspect allegedly fired his gun toward an employee at the cash register and ordered him to open the safe. The gunman then reportedly fired a second round when the employee had trouble opening the safe.

Per media reports, the assailant fled the scene with the cash. The store employee was treated at Wellstar Kennetone Hospital for gunshot wounds.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their search for a suspect, advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are following this horrific shooting closely. They believe, as the victim was working at the time of the assault, he is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law.

Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their own financial exposure and returning employees to work quickly than the long-term medical care and needs of employees. The victim should retain an experienced workers’ compensation law firm without delay to handle negotiation of this complex claim and ensure their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of workplace violence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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