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3 things you need to know about sovereign immunity

You are walking down the street when you suddenly lose your balance, tripping over the crumbling edge of the sidewalk. When you land, you hit your elbow and dislocate it. You call 911 to go to the emergency room. Now, you face months of rehabilitation, because your tendons and ligaments tore in the fall. You can't work, because you aren't able to move your arm like you used to or bear weight on the joint. What can you do? Is the government likely to cover your medical expenses? Here are a few things to remember.

The expenses victims face when seriously injured in a crash

Car crashes cost the American people close to $1 trillion yearly, according to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2014. Despite the high cost, the number of roadway deaths have actually been reduced over time, leading to an all-time low of 32,675 in 2014.

What if the plaintiff died before filing a personal injury suit?

Let's say your wife is involved in a serious car accident and suffers serious burn injuries. She spends months in the hospital fighting to recover from the burns. However, infection after infection has taken their toll and she finally succumbs to her injuries and dies.

NHTSA recalls are affecting Georgia motorists

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 50 million vehicles were recalled around the country in 2015, with faulty airbag inflators from Takata Corp. being a driving force behind the high number. The last two years have broken records for recalls, and 2015 had even more than 2014 after the 2014 numbers were adjusted when it was discovered that double counting of air bag recalls was taking place.

FDA orders new applications from pelvic mesh implant makers

Georgia residents expect government regulators to ensure that the medical devices sold in the United States are safe and fit for the purpose intended, but sometimes problems arise even with products that have withstood such scrutiny. One such situation developed with mesh implants that are designed to treat women who have suffered a pelvic collapse, and the makers of these devices were ordered by the FDA on Jan. 4 to submit new applications to demonstrate that their devices are effective and safe.

Hidden danger of self-driving cars

While self-driving cars programmed to follow the rules of the road may be safer in theory, Georgia residents may be interested to know that they have twice the accident rate of human drivers. Most of the accidents occur at low speeds and don't involve serious damage or injury to humans. They are often the result of other motorists who are not used to robotic cars that drive more cautiously than an average person.