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Halloween 2015: Safety Tips for Kids

Friday, October 30th, 2015

It’s always to treat when Halloween falls on the weekend and this year, Saturday is the day for all the little monsters, ghosts and goblins to come out to play – figuratively, of course. As with anything else, safety comes first and if you have young children going out to trick-or-treat be sure you load with up with everything they need to stay safe! So for Halloween 2015, here are a few safety tips! Take a look! nz3_4143

Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.

Some towns set a curfew for trick or treating which makes it easier for townsfolk to know who’s coming to their door. Make sure and stick to the curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with a lot of homes so your kids can get in as much trick or treating as possible in a few hours time.

Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.

Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.

Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!

Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them

Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.

Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.

Halloween 2015: Festive Events in the Atlanta Area

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Halloween has always been a festive evening for the kids to enjoy a little trick-or-treating, candy binges and fun costumes! This year, however, since Halloween falls on the weekend, it’s probably safe to assume the adults will more than likely indulge in a little party action also! So here’s what’s going on in the Metro Atlanta area for this year’s adult halloween! Take a look! Halloween-Events-in-Illinois-2012   Friday

Red Hare Brewing Company Fri., Oct. 30, 5:30-9 p.m. Red Hare Brewing’s Hare-O-Ween Join Red Hare for their fourth annual Hare-O-Ween. Tickets include spooky brewery tour, limited edition glow-in-the-dark souvenir pint glass, 36-oz. of beer samples, DJ, costume contests with awesome prizes, photo booths, one-off beers, tricks, treats — the works!CosmoLava Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.-midnight. Scary Party 6 Midtown Halloween Bash Halloween weekend is when the freaks, ghouls, zombies and goblins come out to scare you at parties. Join the fun on one of ATL’s biggest night out in Midtown’s Crescent Avenue bar district. Last year, more than 2,000 brave souls came out to Atlanta’s largest Halloween bash. Registration takes place 7 p.m.-midnight at Cosmo and Lava (event goes until 3 a.m.). Churchills British Pub Fri., Oct. 30, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Creepy Friday Halloween Party Wrangle a sexy costume and work it to compete in a contest boasting a $500 prize. Ages 21 and up only.

Saturday

Zoo Atlanta Sat., Oct. 31 Boo at the Zoo This family Halloween festival will have sweet treats, enchanted pathways, spooky characters and more.

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall Sat., Oct. 31 Harvest Moon Halloween Bash Celebrate Halloween at Ladybird with food and drink specials throughout the day and Wasted Brass Band playing live at 10 p.m. Seating is first come, first served.

Revival Sat., Oct. 31, noon-3 p.m. Halloween Celebration Enjoy $5 Terminus City BBQ sandwiches and Wild Heaven brews on tap. There will be plenty of candy for the kids, so bring them along.

One Eared Stag Sat., Oct. 31, 4 p.m. Halloween Punch Party Guests can sip $3 glasses of spooky punch, a $5 tapas menu, and $1 oysters and beers. Costumed patrons will receive a free cocktail-related prize, and there will be free candy for the kids.

Krog Street Market Sat., Oct. 31, 4-11 p.m. Halloween at Krog Street Market Celebrate Halloween at Krog Street Market. There will be trick or treating from 4-6 p.m. for the kids. Live music and costume party from 7-11 p.m. featuring music from Little Tybee. There will also be drink specials throughout the night.

Atlantic Station Sat., Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m. Trick or Treat! Bring the kids in their best costumes and do the Trick or Treating at Atlantic Station. Look for the Trick or Treat decal at participating stores! Love your costume? Tag #AtlanticStation in pics to be featured on our social channels!

Loca Luna Sat., Oct. 31, 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. LocaWeen 2015 Enjoy an early dinner, then stick around for a Halloween bash and costume contest featuring live Latin music and late night DJs.

Whiskey Blue at W Atlanta – Buckhead Sat., Oct. 31, 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Haunted Rooftop Halloween Fright and delight on the rooftop of W Atlanta – Buckhead at Whiskey Blue’s Haunted Rooftop Halloween party. Party goers will celebrate in style while sipping on signature concoctions with DJ RIMBY spinning the hottest tunes in town and prizes for the best costume. This evening is bound to be a bloody good time.

Dark Horse Tavern Sat., Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight. Halloween in the Highlands Spend a spooky Halloween night in Virginia-Highland with Atlanta Bar Tours’ fifth annual bar crawl. One ticket gets you entry into bars, the Highland Theater party, and three costume contests. Enjoy food and drink specials and Halloween-themed shots and cocktails throughout the night. Venues along the way include Neighbor’s Pub, Limerick Junction, Dark Horse Tavern, Illegal Food, and Sweet Auburn BBQ.

STK Sat., Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight. Yelloween Monsters, vixens, and vamps are invited enjoy a sultry Halloween experience when STK Atlanta and Veuve Clicquot join forces to present Yelloween. For partygoers donning their favorite Halloween costumes or those simply looking for a stylish Saturday night out, the spooktacular evening will feature a special three-course, prix fixe dinner with champagne pairings created by executive chef Mark Alba, a live DJ, decorations, a photo booth and more. Reservations are available by phone or email. Tickets do not include tax or gratuity.

Double Zero Napoletana Sat., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Halloween Wine Dinner Enjoy a four-course wine dinner by chef Edwin Molina followed by a costume contest. The winning costume wins a free bottle of wine, so dress to impress. Call for reservations.

Ration & Dram Sat., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-midnight. Halloween with Ration & Dram Tickets to Ration & Dram’s main event have sold out, but guests will still be able to enjoy bites from an a la carte menu along with drink specials, including the Devil’s Feud Cake cocktail, made with Hellbender Whiskey, pear juice, and jalapeño to spice up the night.

The Masquerade Sat., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Boos and Brews Get spooky with Boos and Brews this Halloween. Enjoy drinks, live music, and a set by DJ Qtip. Upgrade to Beer Lover status for free beer samples all night, and check out the Chamber of Horrors for an extra $15. Enter the costume contest for Best Male, Best Female, Best Couple, and Best Group for a chance to win tickets to Winter Beer Fest. Enter the Best Costume Facebook contest to win $500 in cash.

Eclipse di Luna Sat., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Monster Bash 2015 Throw down to Latin and international rhythms during this Halloween dance party. Costumes required. Ladies must be 18 and up, gentlemen 21 and up. Free admission before 10 p.m.

If you’re planning to knock a few back do not drive, the risk is not worth the consequence! Instead of hopping on the road under the influence, why not consider a few alternative options to get to your to and from your location like Uber, for example, there are plenty of drivers services geared specifically towards helping folks get home safe in Metro Atlanta like Designated Driver Alternative, Metro America Safe Drivers and BeMyDD, just to name a few. These gatherings are going to be fun and all, but the idea that goes without saying is everyone should get home safely. FLIT

How Does This Work? A Step-by-Step Guide to Personal Injury Cases

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

For those of us who have had any involvement in a personal injury case, it’s fairly safe to say that you know full well how long and, sometimes tiresome, the litigation process can become as time goes on. The waiting game seems like it can never be won as the days and weeks pass but knowing the process is half the battle and should give you the piece of mind you need while feeling confident your personal injury attorney is doing their best to get you the settlement you deserve. Just to get a good glimpse of how the process works, take a look!   litigation-support-720x340

Introduction Unless you have been a party to a lawsuit before, it is difficult to know what to expect when you have been injured in a collision or incident. There is an understandable level of apprehension about the litigation process for victims and their families, particularly when the victim has been seriously injured.

The Screening & Investigatory Process The first step in any lawsuit is to obtain information about the facts of the case and conduct a thorough investigation. This process almost always begins with an initial phone call or Email contact from the client, providing an overview of the case and the injuries sustained. Depending on the facts of the case, the investigatory stage can include:

  • Interviewing witnesses

  • Gathering and preserving physical evidence

  • Obtaining photographic/videographic evidence

  • Hiring experts or investigators Contacting insurance companies

The investigatory stage can take anywhere from one to six months or more, depending upon the particular facts and circumstances of your case. After the investigatory phase is over, a lawyer usually can make a final determination about whether the claim should be pursued.

Settlement Negotiations Most attorneys engage in settlement negotiations with the responsible party or their insurance company to determine whether a just and reasonable settlement can be obtained without filing a lawsuit. In the settlement negotiation process, the lawyer collects and puts together all of the physical evidence about the collision or incident, documents regarding your damages (including medical bills and lost wages documents) and any necessary expert reports from physicians, economists, accident reconstructionists or others. Once this information is evaluated, a settlement range is determined for your case. A “demand” is then sent to the insurer. The demand sets forth the facts of the case, explains why the other party is responsible, provides documentation and evidence about your damages and injuries, and offers an amount to settle the case.

In the litigation process most lawyers move quickly and aggressively in the filing and prosecution of lawsuits in the event that a fair and just settlement cannot be obtained on your behalf. Generally, lawsuits in state court proceed in the following manner:

Complaint & Answer The Complaint is the document filed on your behalf which sets forth the allegations about what happened and the damages you have sustained. The lawsuit is generally filed in the county where the act occurred or where defendant resides, although there are some exceptions to this rule. Once filed, the Complaint is personally served on each defendant by the sheriff’s department or by a private process server. The Answer is the documents in which the defendants respond to each allegation contained in the Complaint. If in State, the defendants have twenty days to file an Answer after being served with the Complaint. If Out of State, the defendants have sixty days to file an Answer. Discovery begins once the Answer is served.

Motions Depending upon the case, defendants may chose to file certain motions after discovery is complete in an effort convince the Court to dismiss some or all of the claims you have asserted. A motion is a document filed with the Court asking the Court to take some action, such as dismissing a case. Once a motion is filed the party opposing the motion has between six and fourteen days to respond depending on the type of motion. In some instances a hearing is held by the Court to consider the arguments of the parties.

Discovery Discovery is the phase of litigation in which the parties obtain information, testimony, documents & other evidence from each other and from third parties who have information about the case. In most cases, written discovery is exchanged between the parties; which includes written questions, called interrogatories, and requests for documents. Your assistance in responding to written discovery requests will be required, so it is important that we always maintain accurate contact information and phone numbers for you throughout the litigation.

Motions Depending upon the case, defendants may chose to file certain motions after discovery is complete in an effort convince the Court to dismiss some or all of the claims you have asserted. A motion is a document filed with the Court asking the Court to take some action, such as dismissing a case. Once a motion is filed the party opposing the motion has between six and fourteen days to respond depending on the type of motion. In some instances a hearing is held by the Court to consider the arguments of the parties.

Mediation If the parties believe it would be in their best interest to do so, mediation may be scheduled at any time during the litigation. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution which consists of a meeting between all the parties, their attorneys and a mediator, who is a neutral attorney. The mediator’s role is to act as a referee between the parties, and the mediation is a setting in which the parties meet, present their sides of the case, and then discuss the possibility of settlement. Offers and counter-offers are exchanged until either a settlement is reached or until the parties agree to disagree. Mediations are non-binding.

Trial One of the most frequently asked questions by clients is how long it takes to get a case to trial. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. The caseloads of different courts and different judges vary wildly. In some jurisdictions, it is possible to get a trial date shortly after discovery and motions have been completed. In other courts, it may take many months or a year or more. On average it takes between one year and eighteen months from filing to the start of trial.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve! FLIT

Drive Safe: Have You Had Your Eyes Checked Lately?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Now that the days are getting shorter it’s safe to assume a lot of us will be doing a great deal of night driving. In doing so, one must be sure their vision is up to par as a number of incidents that happen after dark are a result of a lack of vision scope. So, in order to drive safe, it would be best to have your eyes checked to be sure you’re written a prescription or your current script is updated. If you’re not sure of the last time you’ve had your vision checked, here are a few indicators that you may need an eye exam int he near future. Take a look!

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Sudden Blurry Vision or Problems Focusing

Sudden blurry vision or focus problems can be a sign of a larger health issue and should always be taken seriously. If the blurry vision comes and goes, or is limited to one eye, you should schedule an exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
Sudden appearance of visual disturbances such as floaters, flashes of light, or obstruction of vision Sudden onset of any of these visual disturbances could be a sign of a serious, vision-threatening disorder such as a retinal detachment, retinal tear, or retinal hole. Anyone who experiences these signs must seek immediate (within 24 hours, or sooner) medical attention by an optometrist, ophthalmologist or emergency room physician for proper diagnosis and treatment to minimize vision loss.

Gradual Blurring of Vision

This is the type of vision degradation that gradually happens over time. If you are noticing that you’re moving a book or the computer screen further away from your eyes than you use to to improve clarity, it’s probably time to get an eye exam. Same goes if you notice yourself sitting closer to the television or bring objects closer to you to read them (like a cereal box, for instance.)

Headaches

Frequent headaches can be a sign of a vision problem. Changes in vision take place slowly and are often imperceptible to the patient at first. However, headaches can be one of the early warning signs of a change in vision. If you are experiencing re-occurring headaches, you may want to consider getting your eyes checked.

Eye Pain or Eye Fatigue/Strain

Having some infrequent eye pain or eye strain isn’t usually a big problem. Everything from the amount of sleep your getting to seasonal allergies, or the cold or flu can cause temporary eye pain or fatigue. However, if you experience ongoing eye pain for more than a few days, or if you experience ongoing eye pain with eye movements, it’s a good idea to get it checked out. It can sometimes be a sign of an eye infection or more serious health condition, or even a warning sign that your vision has changed. Get it checked out.

Squinting

Frequent squinting is the quintessential sign that it’s probably time for an eye exam. We squint when we’re having difficulties seeing because the act of squinting reduces extraneous light entering the eye and reduces light scattering, improving vision. This is often one of the first signs in children that they may need eyeglasses. In addition, squinting coupled with an eye turn, more commonly called a “lazy eye”, is a definite red flag that a comprehensive vision exam is in order. This is especially true in children, and if not detected and treated early enough, permanent vision loss may result. If you notice yourself squinting more than usual, schedule an eye exam.

Sensitivity to Light

A sudden onset of sensitivity to light can be a sign that you should get an eye exam. Light sensitivity can be a symptom of a number of disorders or eye diseases (as well as an eye infection.) So if you find yourself regularly experiencing light sensitivity, get an eye exam.

An Eye Infection

If you experience swelling of the eyelids, itchiness, redness, a pink discoloration of the whites of your eyes, and/or discharge, you may have an eye infection. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an eye exam immediately to have it looked at.
If You Haven’t Had an Eye Exam in the Past Two Years

If you haven’t had a full eye exam in the past two years, you should schedule one — especially if you are over the age of 40. It is important to note that for some people, an exam sooner than every two years is critical to ensuring your eyes stay healthy.

Natural changes in the eyes associated with age makes more frequent eye exams necessary as you grow older, especially if you haven’t had one in a few years.

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Maneuver Through Atlanta’s Music Midtown Like a Boss!

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Atlanta! One of the most exciting weekends in the city is upon us and Music Midtown is here again since its return in 2011! Once upon a time, an $8 admission granted you access to hundreds of bands with several soundstages set up around Midtown. This year, however, there are four stages that have been built throughout the historically scenic Piedmont park! Here’s the deal, when you think about Atlanta Traffic on any given day, it’s enough to make your head spin and rethink attending this event, right? Maybe next year. The reasons not to go become endless once you start thinking too long about the following: I don’t even know how or where to purchase tickets? Will there be food? Can I catch the Marta there or Uber? Do I even really feel like it? Enough of that! If you have it in you to go, you can escape so many headaches with just a little preparation! Thanks to the folks over at The Atlanta Journal,  we’re going to share with you the who, what, when, and how to maneuver through Atlanta Music Midtown like a boss!