Betts & Associates is committed to providing each of our clients with top quality legal representation and achieving successful outcomes for their cases. We specialize in representing individuals and businesses in all areas of complex civil litigation matters. Our firm provides legal services with skill, strength, and integrity to residents all over the state of Georgia.

Betts and Associates offer a wide range of skills in almost all areas of the legal practice. Our commitment to growing a wide range of more discrete practice areas allows us to better assess client needs and provide prompt and effective legal solutions. Our firm was founded on the belief in providing personal service and valuable legal counsel that addresses our client's needs creatively. After a decade, that has not changed. We ensure that every client's case is carefully handled every step of the way.

If you need advice about the best way to approach and resolve your case, consider Betts & Associates. To request a legal consultation, contact our office at 404-577-8888 to schedule an appointment. We are proud to provide personal service and practical solutions for those with even the most complex legal concerns.

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This month the federal government issued new rules on how employers can stay within medical privacy laws, while offering workers financial incentives for employees participation in wellness programs.

The new rules came after provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Actthat allowed U.S. employers to increase the rewards they offer to employees who participate in wellness programs were challenged in lawsuits, and a ruling by the EEOC that found requests for private medical information connected with incentive-based wellness programs violated the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Do you have questions about your company’s incentives for participation in a wellness program and your protected medical information? At Betts & Associates we are ready to represent you in your employment law case. Just call our office in Atlanta at (404) 577-8888 or our office in Rome, GA at (706) 235-7575 to schedule an appointment.

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A review of more than 1.5 million workers compensation cases provides a snapshot of the most common claims nationwide.

Travelers, the largest workers compensation carrier in the United States, released a report on claims filed between 2010 and 2014, across a range of employers.

The top five injuries as a percentage of total claims:

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Breaking News —

President Obama will announce his plan for Executive Action on Immigration in a televised message tomorrow night at 8:00 PM. Tune in tomorrow, November 20th, to see what he has planned.

We at Betts & Associates are ready to represent you in your immigration case. Just call our office in Atlanta at (404) 577-8888 or our office in Rome, GA at (706) 235-7575 to schedule an appointment.

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top pic rent a car_1.jpgIf you have used an online travel reservation service to book a car rental (e.g. Priceline, Orbitz), pre-paid the reservation, and were charged extra fees and taxes, even though you didn’t agree to extra services, you may have a claim for breach of contract.

Many times an online service company will include fees and taxes as part of the reservation price. If these fees and taxes are actually charged to your credit card (versus just an estimate), the terms and conditions of the particular travel reservation service will govern whether you need to pay any fees and taxes at the reservation counter.

One travel reservation service in particular specifies that once the customer pays taxes and fees to the reservation service, any taxes and fees charged to the customer by the car rental company should be paid by the travel reservation service.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health sent an email over the weekend warning of dangerous products currently on store shelves:

“The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has become aware of a dangerous, potentially lethal substance surfacing in convenience stores and smoke shops. When ingested or inhaled this neurotoxin can render a person motionless and/or unconscious and cause severe cardiac problems. In the last 24 hours, at least eight patients in Southeast Ga. have been hospitalized; some patients have been admitted to intensive care and are on life support. Two patients have been intubated.

The substance is marketed as “herbal incense,” bath salts, or “roll-your-own” tobacco – similar to what public health and law enforcement have seen before containing cannabinoid receptor agonists (THC homologs), but there are now indications the chemicals or ingredients have been altered.

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Bedbugs are still a problem in Georgia. Fortunately, there are legal measures you can take before the problem gets worse. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep free from unwelcome critters.

Don’t let bedbugs bug you and your loved ones anymore. Contact an experienced Georgia attorney to discuss any legal options you may have to protect your bed and you health from these uninvited critters.

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Georgia Personal Injury and Loss of Consoritum

When a married person is injured, the emotional toll of worrying about the health and well-being of the injured spouse can be overwhelming for the other spouse. In addition to the emotional hardship caused by the accident, a spouse may face demanding physical and financial burdens in caring for their injured loved one. Georgia law recognizes a separate claim for loss of consortium in personal injury cases where a married person suffers a loss of services and companionship as a result of an injury to their spouse caused by a third party’s negligence or intentional misconduct.

1262597_hands_in_love.jpgLoss of consortium claims can also compensate the non-injured spouse for an increase in the demands and burdens caused by the ordeal. Often, once injured, spouses are unable to offer the same level of affection, intimacy, and companionship as before. For example, an injured spouse may not be able contribute to performing household chores or help out in other spousal duties such as childrearing to the same extent that he or she could before the accident, requiring the non-injured spouse to assume the role of primary caretaker. In Georgia, spouses have a right to recover damages for the loss of such services and companionship a spouse normally could provide absent the injuries, such as household and family expenses, property maintenance and household chores, child care and parenting duties, emotional support and care, affection and sexual intimacy between spouses.

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Georgia Crossover Day 2013 Recap

Today was the last legislative day for Georgia lawmakers to debate and decide which bills would move forward (or “crossover”) and have a chance to become law this year. To see the 2013 Roundup of Big Crossover Day Bills at the Georgia Capitol, click here.

Georgia Lawmakers Advance Gun Bill

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Landlord’s Options When Tenant Abandons Premises Prior to Lease Expiration

Unlike in some jurisdictions, Georgia does not require mitigation of damages in lease contracts. This gives landlords several options when a tenant abandons the premises before the lease term is up. First, the landlord may enter and obtain another tenant holding the original tenant liable for any deficiency. Alternatively, the landlord may leave the premises vacant and collect the agreed upon rent each month. Or, the landlord may terminate the lease under the terms of the lease. Lamb v. Decatur Fed. S & L Assn., 201 Ga.App. 583, 587(2) (1991). Note that in the event the landlord chooses this third option and terminates the lease, then he will be required to mitigate damages and make reasonable efforts to re-lease the premises. However, a landlord presumably can avoid triggering this duty to mitigate where the landlord terminates only the tenant’s right of possession without terminating the lease. Georgia Color Farms v. K.K.L., Ltd. P’ship, 234 Ga. App. 849 (Ga. Ct. App. 1998).

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