North Carolina HB 239: Politics in the Court of Appeals

On May 13, 2017 / Uncategorized

North Carolina HB 239 North Carolina HB 239 is an effort by the North Carolina State Legislature to play politics with the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals is the intermediary appeals state court. Since the N.C. Supreme Court can deny hearing cases, the last [...]

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NC Workers Compensation Rights Reduced by Republican Controlled Legislature

On January 31, 2017 / Workers Compensation

Workers compensation rights have been reduced in North Carolina. After the November 2016 election, the NC Republican controlled legislature met to pass laws to reduce workers compensation rights. The purpose of calling this emergency session was to take advantage of the last two months of lame duck [...]

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Distracted Driving Nullifies Car Safety Features

On December 15, 2016 / Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Driver assist technology can go a long way to improving driver safety and reducing car wrecks. However, cell phone technology has resulted in distracted driving. Distracted driving is cancelling out any safety gains of driver assist technology. Airbags, improved passenger compartment strength, rear view cameras, and driver [...]

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Pain Medication: New CDC Guidelines

On May 26, 2016 / Personal Injury, Personal Injury Health Care

Pain Medication Addiction: CDC Issues New Guidelines After a car wreck or other accident, people often suffer painful injuries. In an effort to relieve their pain, accident victims will often visit their local hospital or family doctor. These medical providers often prescribe the accident victim opioid pain [...]

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Personal Injury Care: Caring for a CAM Boot

On May 18, 2016 / Personal Injury

Personal Injury Care: Caring for a CAM Boot A CAM boot is a removable orthopedic device commonly used to treat sprains and fractures. Persons who are injured in a car wreck, fall, or suffer other personal injuries are often provided CAM boots if they have a broken [...]

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NC HB2 Law: Law Discriminates on More than Gender Identification

On April 14, 2016 / Workplace Discrimination

NC HB2 law has consequences beyond transgender bathrooms The N.C. General Assembly passed a new discrimination law, HB2, on March 23, 2016. The media has focused on the HB2 law's prohibition of transgendered persons from using bathrooms and other sex segregated facilities. The HB2 law requires that [...]

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North Carolina Workers Compensation Laws Are in Danger

On January 24, 2016 / Uncategorized, Workers Compensation

North Carolina Workers Compensation Laws are danger because of pressure from large companies to reduce their labor costs. These large companies lobby states to become more business friendly. The companies argue that the state should allow the companies to create their own worker's compensation programs. The loser [...]

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NC Cyberbullying Laws

On September 18, 2015 / Personal Injury, Uncategorized

North Carolina bullying laws apply to cyberbullying and to school boards. Bullying of minors has always been a problem. Most adults can recall name calling and playground fist fights when growing up. Before 1999 bullying was generally resolved by the students themselves. In the last fifteen years [...]

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North Carolina Pit Bull Dog Owner Liability

On July 26, 2015 / Dog Bites, Personal Injury

North Carolina pit bull dog owners are responsible for knowing the aggressive tendencies of this breed of dog. Dog adoption agencies and shelters do not always share this information with potential dog owners. This article offers a cautionary example of deadly results that may result from adopting [...]

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Statute Limitation Law in North Carolina

On March 26, 2015 / Personal Injury, statue limitation

Statute limitation laws can prevent people from getting justice. Milk can go sour, eggs have a shelf life, and meat must be consumed by a date certain. What many people do not know is that justice also can have an expiration date, a statute limitation. A statute [...]

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Car Wrecks and Car Repairs: What are Your Rights?

On January 15, 2015 / Car Accidents

When you are in a car wreck, sometimes the most pressing issue is your personal injuries. Other times after car wrecks, the priority is on your car repair issues. When you are in a car wreck you need your car to be fixed or replaced. You need [...]

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Filing Medical Bills: In NC a Necessary Step Following a Personal Injury Accident

On October 30, 2014 / Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Personal injury lawyers are often asked by clients if they need to file medical bills with an insurance company. These procedure questions can be a result of an automobile wreck on other accident. In particular, a person who goes to a doctor or chiropractor after a wreck [...]

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NC Adult Care Homes: Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law

On September 24, 2014 / Adult Care Facilities

Personal injury attorneys are often asked to represent clients whose loved ones have been injured at adult care facilities. These injuries may be the result of neglect or abuse and may even result in wrongful death. The clients are often surprised to find that they have no [...]

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NC Personal Injury Punitive Damages Endangered by Tort Reform

On July 1, 2014 / Car Accidents, Personal Injury

NC Personal injury punitive damages under attack NC Personal injury punitive damages are under attack by a vast array of business lobbying groups including the American Tort Reform Association, the Cato Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These organizations lobby state and federal law makers for [...]

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NC Workers Compensation Attorneys Volunteer to Represent Sterilization Victims

On April 1, 2014 / Workers Compensation

History of NC Eugenics Board NC workers compensation attorneys have volunteered to help sterilization victims. Between 1929 and 1974, NC engaged in a eugenics program as part of an effort to "improve" society. In short, the state, through the NC Eugenics Board, encouraged and/ or forced the [...]

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North Carolina Medical Products Lawsuits - Is a Middle-man Lawyer taking part of your Settlement?

On March 4, 2014 / Medical Products

Lawyers seeking clients for medical products lawsuits are often advertising today on television, radio and the internet. The advertisements are mostly the same: "If you've been injured by the drug X, you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Call the law firm of "Advertising Lawyers", and [...]

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North Carolina Vehicle Liability Laws

On February 1, 2014 / Car Accidents

North Carolina Vehicle Liability Laws North Carolina vehicle liability laws are different for state and local governments than for private citizens. North Carolina law requires that owners of private vehicles must purchase car insurance to cover accidents for which they are liable. Driving a vehicle can be a [...]

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Social Security Disability and the Federal Government Shutdown

On October 2, 2013 / Social Security Disability

The Government Shut Down and Your Social Security Disability Case Recently, Congress failed to pass a budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal budget, resulting in a "shut down" of the federal government. The length of this shutdown is unknown. The last government shutdown, which occurred during the [...]

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Landlord Liability for Personal Injury of Residential Tenants

On September 3, 2013 / Uncategorized

When a Residential Tenant is Injured on Property They Lease: Is There a Remedy? Often, a residential tenant who is leasing property is injured by a defect in the property they rent. Whether it be rotten boards on a porch, no handrails on a stairwell, or broken [...]

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Landlords can be liable for their tenant's dangerous dogs

On July 5, 2013 / Dog Bites

Dog Bites Can Cause Serious Injuries When a person is attacked by a dog, they can have many injuries and losses which would include medical expenses, lost wages, and scarring. In a serious dog attack, the medical bills alone can be tens of thousands of dollars and [...]

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Texting While Driving Allowed for Tractor Trailers

On June 28, 2013 / Car Accidents

By now, it is common knowledge that texting while operating a motor vehicle is inherently dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, driver distraction was the cause of 18% of all fatal crashes. In a 2009 study, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found [...]

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