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Lowry: Know your rights about workplace injuries

The workplace can be dangerous, putting employees at risk of injury or even death.

Lowry: Inspections help avoid deck collapses, railing failures

Now that summer is well underway, it’s prime season for vacation rentals, hotel stays and outdoor gatherings on decks and porches. However, poorly constructed decks and unsafe railings can pose a threat to unaware travelers, potentially causing life-threatening injuries.

LOWRY: Take care to keep your home safe from burn hazards

As 2017 approaches, make a New Year’s resolution that could save a life by taking proactive steps to reduce the chance of fire or scalding-related burns in your home.

LOWRY: Workers have options after workplace injury

The workplace can be dangerous, putting employees at risk of injury or even death.

LOWRY: Understanding traumatic brain injury

The NFL’s recent $1 billion settlement with former professional football players has brought national attention to traumatic brain injury, highlighting the degenerative long-term effects of experiencing multiple concussions.

LOWRY: Cases explore cancer-talcum link

Earlier this year, juries in two different cases awarded significant damages to women who claimed that using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and shower-to-shower products, which contain talcum powder, contributed to the development of ovarian cancer.

LOWRY: Be vigilant, stay safe on area interstates

Local motorists traveling Interstate 16 and Interstate 95 have good reason to be concerned about highway safety. How can you keep your family safe on highways and interstates? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when sharing the road with large trucks.

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LOWRY: Opioid abuse poses rising danger

Although opioids are highly addictive, they translate into big business for pharmaceutical companies. Some drug manufacturers even offer free trials, designed to encourage patients to get “hooked” on these medications. 

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LOWRY: Privacy, liability of drones in the U.S.

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, have gone mainstream in this country. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance your neighbor received one as a Christmas gift.

LOWRY: Hidden predator law aids victims

In March 2015, the Georgia House of Representatives made it easier for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits when the legislature passed House Bill 17 with overwhelming support.

LOWRY: Whistleblowers entitled to protection, compensation

In the early 1970s, Ralph Nader coined the term “whistleblower” to describe individuals with knowledge of fraud, safety violations or other illegal acts who decide to come forward to share that information with the government.

LOWRY: Bad toys can make December dangerous

The holidays are always an exciting time of the year for young children. However, December can be a dangerous month for kids because of hazards posed by defective toys and dangerous products.

LOWRY: Off-label drug use just too dangerous

If your doctor writes you a prescription, it is not unreasonable to expect that drug to be safe and appropriate for your medical condition. However, off-label prescriptions are on the rise in the United States, contributing to a number of deaths and injuries because these medications are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

LOWRY: Protect yourself and loved ones from crashes on area highways

In less than a month, two multi-vehicle crashes involving tractor-trailers on Interstate 16 killed 10 individuals, including five Georgia Southern University nursing students and two teenagers from the Claxton area. With tractor-trailers traveling at high speeds — and local traffic sometimes starting and stopping without notice — coastal Georgia interstates have become increasingly dangerous for drivers and passengers alike.

LOWRY: Beware dangers of tire-tread separation

In 2011, Bhutanese refugee Kharka Chhetri was traveling in a van on Interstate 75, just north of Macon, when the vehicle’s rear tire suffered a tire tread separation, hit a median and flipped over, killing Chhetri and one other passenger.

Understanding the dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving stands apart as one of the biggest threats on the road today.

Lowry: Stay safe on the road in 2015

One out of nine traffic fatalities result from a collision involving a large truck, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Because of their size, 18-wheelers are capable of tremendous devastation.

Lowry: Takata Corp. airbag recall reflects larger problems

A company that built its reputation on safety has, at best, ignored signs of the dangers of its product or, at worst, deliberately covered up those dangers.